Mary Ethel <I>DeHass</I> Jennings


Mary Ethel DeHass Jennings

Death 5 Nov 2006 (aged 81)
Burial Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 16583853 View Source
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Mary Ethel Jennings, nee DeHass, a retired supervisor from the U.S. Postal Service in Oklahoma City, passed away Sunday morning, the 5th of November 2006 at the Gentle Care Adult Family Home in Vancouver, WA after an extended fight with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Mary was born 29 Aug 1925 on NE 16th St. in Oklahoma City, OK, the daughter of John L. and Eusebia (Tole) DeHass. She grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from Capitol Hill High School. As a beautiful young lady she was swept off her feet by a local boy serving in the US Marines and on 26 December 1943 she married, Edwin Ray Jennings. In October 1943 her only child, Mary Louise, was born while Edwin was fighting the war in Bougainville, Northern Solomons and Guam. Eighteen months later he returned to meet and care for his wife and child. As a military family they lived and served in Camp Pendleton, CA; Cherry Point, NC, Kaneohe, HI, Clinton and Oklahoma City, OK and San Diego, CA. As a hard working mother and military wife she worked at jobs ranging from soda jerk at Veazey Drug Store, a bookkeeper in Kerr's Department Store, and a riveter at Douglas Aircraft in OKC. In California she sewed military insignia on marine uniforms and worked at Ryan Aircraft. She also worked at waitressing and packing peanut butter and olives. Being very good with numbers she worked as a bookkeeper at Swift and Co., Meadow Gold Dairy, Camp Pendleton Staff NCO club, Kaneohe MCAS Enlisted Men's Club, Palomar and the Travel Lodge Corporation. She and her family enjoyed travel including Japan and throughout the U.S. Her family settled in Oklahoma City in 1964 where she worked with Globe Life Insurance but her occupation of pride was her service with the U.S. Post Office from 1965 until she retired with disability in 1985. She enjoyed coin collecting, rug-hooking, plastic craft, fabric decoration, sewing and had a special talent for gardening. She was an active member of the American Mensa Organization, the local National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter, the Capitol Hill High School Alumni Association, the Foster High School Alumni Association and the Hillcrest Christian Church. While in WA, she attended Hockinson Community Church. Mary lost her father in 1971, her mother in 1984 and her husband in 1986. She lived independently on SW 41st until 2002, and then resided in the Village in the Park Retirement Community until 2004 when due to failing sight she joined her daughter in Battle Ground, WA. Survivors include her daughter, Mary Louise and son-in-law Roy Katschke of Battle Ground, WA, her only sibling Ada Lea Glover of St Cloud, FL, a great uncle, Melvin DeHass of Choctaw, OK and several first cousins. She treasured the three grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild she had gained through her son-in-law's previous marriage and will be missed by her actual and honorary nieces and nephews and her many friends. Mary will rest in state beginning Saturday afternoon, 11 Nov at the Vondel Smith Mortuary 6934 S. Western in Oklahoma City. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on 12 Nov from 3 to 5 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday the 13th 2006 at Hillcrest Christian Church, Oklahoma City, OK. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 P.M. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Pauls Valley, OK. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Salvation Army Headquarters, 615 Slaters Lane, Alexandra, VA 22313 or to the Hillcrest Christian Church, 1501 SW 59th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73159.
Published in The Oklahoman on 11/10/2006.

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