Our sweet, beloved
mother, Mary Hecox, left us on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the age of 96.
She is reunited
with the love of her life, Joseph Hecox.
Mary was born May
20, 1921 in Sherman, CA, to Juan Encinas and Mauricia Enriquez and was
raised in Madera, CA. She met our dad while working at the Mare Island
ammunition factory stenciling bomb casings. It was love at first sight for
dad, not so much for mom. However, dad was tenacious and they were married
on August 22, 1946, in Madera. After their honeymoon, they moved to Yakima,
WA (where dad had been born and raised) and made their home until their
deaths. Their love affair lasted for over 70 years.
Dad wanted six
children and mom wanted two, so they settled on four. Mom was involved with
Cub Scouts, Blue Birds, 4-H, Room Mother and PTA at St. Paulís School as
well as working at Libbyís Food Cannery. She volunteered at St. Vincent Food
Bank, St. Paulís mailing crew and funeral team. She was a member of the
Young Ladies Institute of Yakima and a life member of the VFW Ladies
Dad and mom enjoyed
camping with their children, grandchildren and friends, Bud McConnell and
May Johnsen. Mom had a special group of friends: Margaret Robinson, Mary Ann
Leonard and May Johnsen. We called them the 4 Mís.
We were so blessed
to have her as our mom. She was funny, loving, caring and always smiling. We
celebrate her life and know she is holding hands with our dad and overjoyed
to be together again. We want to thank the staff at Covenant House for the
loving care they gave mom for the last 1 1ŕ2 years.
two sons, Bill (Pam) Hecox, of Lake Tapps, WA; and Ray (Nancy) Hecox of
Selah, WA; two daughters, Carol (Rick) Hokanson of Chesterton, IN; and
Marilyn (Rick) Mason of Yakima, WA. Nine grandchildren: Patrick Hecox, Sarah
Hecox, Joe (Lucy) Hecox, Matt (Chisa) Hecox, Zach Hecox, Greg (Katie)
Hokanson, Mark (Katie) Hokanson, Noel Mason (Mark) and Nicole (Sean) Curtis;
twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She is also
survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in
death by her parents, and brothers Nick Ruiz, Angelo (Andy) Encinas, and
John Encinas; sister Virginia Gomez, and great-grand-daughter, Ashley Hecox.
may be made to Memorial Hospice or charity of your choice c/o Keith and
Keith Funeral Home.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017, from 3:00