A memorial celebration of life service for Mary B. Hattaway will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Copperas Cove officiated by close family friend, Jack Welch.

Mrs. Hattaway died July 29, 2013, peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family. Succumbing to a two-month bout with cancer, a journey she handled with grace, dignity and humility, just as she lived every other day of her life. She was born Aug. 19, 1935, in her parents’ home in Pensacola, Fla., to Gillis and Eddie Bell Black.

Her youth was centered around Brownsville Baptist Church, roller skating, jumping rope, swimming at Pensacola Beach and bike riding on dirt roads around her neighborhood. During school, she participated in Glee Club, Drama Club, National Honor Society, cheerleading, basketball and softball teams. Of all her academic classes, she especially loved literature and penmanship.

Following graduation from Pensacola High School in 1953, she married the love of her life, William E. Hattaway on Aug. 1, that same year. Over the next 21 years, her husband’s military service took them on two overseas tours to Germany, England and several locations within the continental U.S., an exciting opportunity for Mary as she dreamed often of travel in her youth.

In 1974, Mary and Bill founded Hattaway Construction where they worked alongside each other for the next 38 years. They shared every aspect of their life together; a love story beautifully defined by 60 years of marriage this Aug. 1, 2013.

Mrs. Hattaway was preceded in death by her parents, Gillis and Eddie Bell Black; and her beloved in laws, Louise Hattaway and Fonzie Hattaway.

Survivors include her husband, retired Lt. Col. William E. Hattaway; children, Bridget Hattaway-Mullins, Ed Hattaway and Brett Hattaway; grandchildren, Jared Mullins, Sgt. Jake Mullins and his wife, Mary, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Austin Hattaway, Abby Hattaway and Jade Fox; great-granddaughter, Carysn Mullins; sister, Patti Gehrke and her husband, Bob, of Frederick, Md.; sister-in-law, Amelia Josey, and brother-in-law, Danny Hattaway, both of Pensacola, Fla., and numerous nieces, nephews and a multitude of treasured friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made in her name to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove, which is in charge of arrangements.

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