Mary Hancock, the daughter of the late Emerson and Bertha Akers Kitchen, was born in Puxico on July 21, 1927, and died at the Three Rivers Healthcare Facility North Campus in Poplar Bluff on Monday, March 15, 2004, at the age of 76.
Mrs. Hancock had lived all her life in Puxico. She was a deputy tax collector for Duck Creek Township for 14 years. She was a member of the Duck Creek Missionary Baptist Church for 40 years. Her hobbies included cooking, gardening and being with her family.
On Jan. 15, 1943, she was married to Ellsworth Hancock in Acorn Ridge.
Surviving are her husband, Ellsworth Hancock, of Puxico; four sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Melba Hancock, Larry and Pat Hancock, Tim and Rhonda Hancock, Todd and Tammy Hancock, all of Puxico; two daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Bill Gillean of Fisk, and Darla and David Crain of Puxico; two sisters, Marvin Beaudean of Sikeston and Betty Parks of St. Louis; 14 grandchildren, Brian, Jaime, Richie, Jackie, Ben, Brenna, Sophia, and Timothy Hancock, Beth Stewart, Shellie Yarbro, William Gillean, Rachel Arnold, Brandi and David Crain; three great-grandchildren, Jordi and Elexa Stewart and Brendan Yarbro. Other relatives and friends also survive.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Diane Hancock; four brothers, Floyd Clinton, Gene Clinton, Reuben Kitchen, and Jewell Kitchen; three sisters, Faye Morris, Inez Holigan and Billie Hargrave.
Visitation will be held after 5 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Puxico.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2004, in the Duck Creek Missionary Baptist Church near Puxico with Elder Jerry Park of Puxico and Rev. Dean Medlin of Parma officiating.
Interment will be in the Duck Creek Cemetery near Puxico with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Puxico in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Duck Creek Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund