Mary Hector

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Mary Hector
Mary Hector

A memorial service for long-time Burbank resident Mary Hector will be held Saturday, August 24, at 11 a.m. at The Little White Chapel, 1711 N. Avon St.

Mary Elizabeth Hector, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2013 at the age of 97.  She was born in 1916 on the family farm near Sherman, Texas. She was the youngest of seven children.  Mary met and married her husband Howard just prior to his leaving for the army in World War II.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years Howard C Hector, her son Howard “Mase” Hector, a beloved son-in-law, Kent L. Whitney; and five brothers and a sister.

Mary is survived by her two daughters, Mary Whitney of Burbank, and Joyce Cole and her husband Curtis of Fresno, Ca.  Mary had three grandsons, Howard Whitney and his wife Kelly, Kevin Whitney, and Chris Whitney and his wife Jill.  She had four great-grandchildren, Kent, Tyler, and Lacey Whitney; and Emily daughter of Jill.

Mary was very active in the PTA and scouting when her children were young and was a 70-year member of her church,The Little White Chapel in Burbank.  Mary was extremely close to her brothers and sister and all her nieces and nephews. She loved nothing better than to have a big family reunion where everyone could get together.  Mary and Howard loved to go on short and long trips first in their trailer and then in their motor home, usually talking a relative or two into joining them. There were always lots of stories and laughs shared at family gatherings from these trips.

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Mary was most happy when she was kept busy helping anyone who needed help.  She worked into her 80’s at the Burbank Board of Realtors where she loved to serve coffee and doughnuts at their weekly meetings.

Mary loved to be with her grandsons and their friends who knew her affectionally as Mermaw.  She loved babysitting when they were young and taking them camping and attending all their school activities.

Interment will be private at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.