She loved nature, animals and especially bird watching. When Reo retired, they traveled the country in their motor home.
When Reo died in 1993, Mary moved to Norman to live with her daughter, Robin, where she was a member of the First Christian Church of Norman.
When her sister was moved into a memory care facility, she visited her almost daily. When Mary Hope developed Alzheimer’s as well in 2007, they shared a room and were inseparable until Evelyn’s death nine months ago.
The family would like to thank Reminisce Arbor House and Crossroad’s Hospice for the wonderful, loving care she received by their caregivers.
Mary Hope was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Margaret Ann Powell Aurenz and Evelyn Dean Powell; and her husband Reo.
She is survived by her three children, Robin Nicar, Bill Nicar (Delores) and Nicolette Nicar, all of Norman; her grandchildren Anngela Harper Kirby, Justin Harper (Allison), Dylan Walter, Jordan Payne (Taylor) and Cody Walter, all of Norman, Jessie Payne (Leslie) of Tulsa and Laura Halstied (Kenny) of Oklahoma City; and her great-grandchildren Darreck Kirby of Oklahoma City, Joscelyn Hope Harper and baby girl Harper (due in June) of Norman, Lillian Payne of Tulsa and Tre and Evan and Kaiden Halstied of Oklahoma City; a brother-in-law, Mel Aurenz of Lafayette, Ind.; a nephew, Scot (Pat) Aurenz; great-niece, Stephanie Aurenz of Nashua, N.H.; and a dear friend since elementary school, Barbara Waters of Norman.
Donations may be made on Mary’s behalf to: The Permanent Fund of University Place Christian Church, 2107 E. Broadway, Enid, OK 73701; or Alzheimer’s Association, 3555 NW 58th St., Suite 220, Oklahoma City, OK, 73112.
Arrangements are being made by Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home in Enid.
Norman Transcript, Wednesday, March 13, 2013