Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Mary "Marebear" Gregory of the Central Texas Patriot Guard Riders places the unclaimed cremated remains of U.S. Navy veteran Beecher Powell III into the columbarium Oct. 8 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. The PRG chapter announced on Monday evening in a Facebook post that Gregory had died of cancer on Sunday.

The Central Texas Patriot Guard Riders announced on Facebook the death of one of the organization’s former deputy state captains.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I tell all of you that Mary “Marebear” Gregory passed away last night with her family present,” stated the Monday announcement, signed jointly by current chapter deputy state captain Holly “Holler” Melendez and Ron “Joker” Smith, another former deputy state captain. “I was told that she went peacefully, and is now reunited with Hunter, Mad Dog, PacMan, and the rest of her loved ones. She gave cancer one hell of a fight that only a strong person like her can do,” the Facebook announcement read. | 254-501-7554

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