Mary Hargrove, 86, of Sunnyside died Aug. 3, 2012, in her home.
She was born Feb. 13, 1926 in Gilliland, Texas.
Mary was raised in Texas during the Great Depression and learned the value of hard work and initiative at an early age.
She was a very frugal woman, but was generous with her time and resources, always ready to help friends, family and anybody in need.
She married John W. Hargrove in 1945. They had three children, Billy, Vickie and John.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Eagles and Moose Clubs.
During her lifetime she had numerous occupations: United Telephone (as a telephone operator), Olan Mills Photography, Western Farmers in Sunnyside, Mary Kay consultant, caregiver, election volunteer, Sunnyside food bank and various charity fund raisers. Most recently she was a star route driver for the USPS and delivered mail for more than 12 years.
She was always saying how grateful she was that her family was healthy and blessed. She fostered many children whom she stayed in contact with through the years.
She loved dancing, sewing and playing cards or any games. Always laughing and trying to make the best of anything, her favorite saying was "Oh my!"
She is survived by her three children, Billy (Diana) Hargrove of Yakima, Vickie Waddle of Salt Lake City, Utah and John "Mo" (Kim) Hargrove of Mt Vernon; seven grandchildren, Brian (Julie) Hargrove of Nampa, Idaho, Kenneth Hargrove of Yakima, Dana Larson of Winter Garden, Fla., Rewadee (Bill) Blackwood of Everett, LaMoine Waddle of Salt Lake City, Utah, Wesley Hargrove of Mt. Vernon and Kristi Hargrove of Seattle; 12 great- grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and cousins; and special companion and caregiver, Henry Mungia.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Addie England, and her former husband, John W. Hargrove.
A special thank you is given to Memorial Hospice, especially Tana, Esther, Shelby and Pam, for providing comfort for her in her last months.
An open house honoring Mary will be held Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Sunnyside Eagles.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to Memorial Hospice or a charity of your choice.
Valley Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.