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Mary Louise Hilton, 83, passed away Feb. 10, 2018 at Mercy Hospital, in Joplin, Mo.
Mary was born Nov. 1, 1934, in Bartlesville, Okla., to John T. Shirley Jr. and LaVassa L. "LaPrade" Shirley. She was a resident of Southwest Missouri since 1952. Mary was a homemaker and was employed by S.H. Kress for 10 years and Fox Deluxe Foods for eight years.
Mary was united in marriage to Thurman Doyle Hilton on April 17, 1955, in Ava, Mo.; he preceded her in death May 23, 2016. They were active members of the VFW, in Carthage.
Mary is survived by her son, Steve Hilton (Krista), of Milton, Fla.; two daughters, Nancy Day (Steve), of Red Oak, Texas, and Linda Hammond (Jim), of Carthage; one sister, Margaret Gerard, of Carthage; one brother, John Shirley III, of Tahlequah, Okla.; 10 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, Robert Shirley; and one sister, Connie Sanders.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Ulmer Funeral Home, with a visitation to follow from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A private burial will be held at Park Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the VFW Post #2590 Auxiliary, in care of Ulmer Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made at www.ulmerfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.
Published on February 14, 2018
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