Mary Hawkins of Albany

Mary Hawkins, age 86 of Albany, passed away on Monday, November 15, 2010, in Gainesville, Texas.  Graveside funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, November 17th, in the Albany Cemetery with Rev. Steve Ulrey officiating.  Interment will follow under the direction of Morehart Mortuary.  Visitation will be held Tuesday evening, November 16th, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Morehart Mortuary of Albany.

Mary Rotha Waters was born on May 21, 1924 in Iowa Park, Texas to Jesse Monday Waters and Lula Bell Levins Waters.  She grew up in Shackelford County and graduated from Albany High School in 1942.  On December 25, 1942, she married Herbert Cornelius Hawkins.  Together for 57 years, Mary was a loving wife to Herbert until his death on February 29, 2000.  She was a loving mother to four children, Reva Joyce, Herbert Wayne, Nancy Jean and Roy Jack.  Mary was a homemaker for many years and she later worked in the family business, a Gulf Service Station.  She also worked as a bus driver for Albany schools and as an Avon Sales Representative.  Mary was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Albany where she was very active in the WSCS.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Reva Joyce and twelve siblings.

Mary is survived by two sons, Herb Hawkins and wife, Debbie of Breckenridge, and Roy Hawkins and wife, Bea of Breckenridge; one daughter, Nancy Nelson and husband, Tank of Gainesville; one daughter-in-law, Cheri Hawkins of Albany; eight grandchildren, Samantha Uys and husband, Craig of Southlake, Shelle Crenshaw and husband, Cory of Mingus, Steve Nelson and wife, Kristie of Gainesville, Matthew Hawkins and wife, Jennifer of Brock, Rob Hawkins and wife, Jessi of Shallowater, Emily Coleman and husband, Trent of Richmond, David Seyfried and wife, Tara of Dayton, Ohio, and Robert Hare of Breckenridge; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harley and Jane Hawkins of Albany; two sisters-in-law, Mary Hawkins of Denton and Frances Waters of Albany; twelve great grandchildren and a host of nephews and nieces.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Albany or Home Hospice of Cooke County and may be left at Morehart Mortuary.  Condolences to the family may be sent online at