Mary E. Hinckle, age 93, of Goreville, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at 10:52 a.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2015, in the Ray & Kay Eckstein Hospice Center of Lourdes in Paducah, KY.
She was born at home on Tuesday, December 20, 1921, in the Ferges area of Williamson County the sixth child of Herbert H. and Mamie D. (Sanders) Grant.
Mary attended school in Johnston City and was a graduate of Johnston City High School Class of 1940.
She was united in marriage to Dearl Arthur Hinckle on Sunday, February 2, 1941, in Jackson, MO and together they shared over 37 years of marriage until his death on Tuesday, February 14, 1978.
In her early working years starting in high school she did many things including translating books to brail and later working for Smoller Brothers, Sangamo Electric and Allen Industries. Once her husband started his Pentecostal Church ministry she dedicated her life to assisting him in the ministry in the many churches of the area. For over forty years she devoted her summers being involved with the Illinois District Camp of the United Pentecostal Church International, starting in Murphysboro and later after it moved to Wapella, IL, near Bloomington.
She was of the Pentecostal faith and spent her life reading her bible and living a life of great witness to her family and the world. In her spare time she enjoyed playing the piano, singing, watching and feeding the birds and working in her flowers and roses. She also loved to work crossword puzzles and her mind was sharp up until the end. She enjoyed traveling and had visited every state in the country, except for Hawaii, and also had been to Nova Scotia, Canada. The many memories that were created will now be cherished by those she leaves behind.
She is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Darla K. and Jerry R. Johnson, Sharon R. and Harold Lavon Johnson, Lora M. and Darrell Venus and Mary F. and Thomas Hopkins all of Goreville, nine grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; sister, Delores Kelton of Marion, other extended family and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; granddaughter, Kimberly K. Johnson on June 22, 2015; four sisters, Lola Bandy, Viola Jones, Helena Kelton and Mildred Louise Grant who passed away as an infant and five brothers, Harland Grant, Horace Dent Grant, Lindell Dean Grant, Obed Grant and one as a stillborn infant.
Arrangements for Mary E. Hinckle have been entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., Marion.
The visitation will be on Tuesday, October 27, between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Goreville Pentecostal Church located north of Goreville.
Visitation will resume again at the church on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Following the time of visitation the funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Billy Thomas, Rev. R.G. Null and Rev. Terry Griffith presiding.
Interment will follow next to her husband in Busby Cemetery south of Goreville.
For those who prefer, memorial contributions may be made to either “The Goreville Pentecostal Church, “Tupelo Children’s Mansion”, or the Ray & Kay Eckstein Hospice Center of Lourdes and mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, P.O. Box 370, Marion, IL 62959. Memorial envelopes will be available at the church and the funeral home.
For additional information, to leave a condolence of memory or light a candle in memory please visit www.wilsonmcreynolds or call the funeral home at 618-993-2131.