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Mary Frances (Hoffer) Lary passed away at Waterford Gardens assisted living facility in Mission, Texas on the 13th of September, 2014. She
was 81 years old. For the last 24 years her home was in McAllen, TX. She was born January in Kaufman, Texas at the home of her grandfather
Dr. Henry William Hoffer in the same bed that her father, Dr. Henry William Hoffer, Jr. was born. After a few days, her father took mother and
daughter home to Kerens, Texas where he was the town's dentist. She graduated from Kerens High School in the class of 1950 and enrolled in
Baylor University with the class of 1950. Her third year of college was at Southern Methodist University but returned to Baylor and Graduated in
1954. While at Baylor as a music major, the Baylor Choir was invited to Radio City Music Hall in New York and they sang the Messiah on
nationwide radio. Mary was the lead soprano. During that last year, she and another class member began dating and they were married in
1954. 2nd Lt Derald Lary was about to graduate from Jet pilot training at Laredo, AFB and they were there for about two weeks till graduation
and subsequent transfer to Tyndall AFB Florida for further training culminating in an assignment to a radar Squadron near Fukuoka, Japan.
While there she gave birth to her first of three children, Buford Derald Lary Jr. in 1957. On return to the United States in late 1957 they were
assigned to Wichita, Kansas, where Derald received training in the Boeing B-47, with a follow on assignment to Plattsburgh AFB in upstate New
York about 65 miles south of Montreal, Canada. Over the next eight years, the family grew with the birth of son William Britton Lary in 1959 and
Jean Ann Lary in 1965. During the time at Plattsburgh, a Strategic Air Command Base, the Cuban missile crisis occurred and with her husband
already deployed to RAF Brize Norton in England on Nuclear Alert. He was further deployed with his B-47 to North Africa with exact location not
known back home. Mary took charge and along with the other wives laid in supplies of food and water and handled the home front while living
on a first strike target of the Russians. It was a very tense  time for a young mother. After that experience, she grew in confidence and
leadership in the distaff side of the Air Force, and later, as a commander's  wife she was an advisor to the Officers and Enlisted wives club.  Her
husband did get an occasional earful when she found that the offending policy upsetting the wives was his.  While her husband was a student at
The Royal College of Defence Studies in London, Queen Elizabeth came to speak to the class of 65 students. The wives were invited to a
reception and each couple was presented to the Queen. Mary and her husband were chosen as one of five couples, to have a private
conversation with Her Majesty--Mary handled the conversation with confidence and poise.  Remaining  in Europe for another  six years and as
the Commander's wife at RAF Alconbury and then RAF- Lakenheath, each within 25 miles of  Cambridge, she became  great friends with many
British women in leadership at local and national level and was in demand to speak to British groups. Mary was a member of the Daughters of
the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames, and PEO. She was a board member of the Rio Grande Valley Hospital in McAllen and The
Hidalgo County Historical Museum as well as singing in the choir at every place we lived in the Military. In most cases it was the protestant choir
of the Air Force Base that we  were assigned. In Japan and Germany it was always the Base Chapel but in London it was often the church near
home.   Upon their retirement from the Air Force, her wish was to return to Texas. Fortunately an opportunity came to come to McAllen, near her
husband’s childhood home in Mission. Mary quickly embraced her new home and community. She joined the First Presbyterian Church and the
choir, met new friends and had found her last home, community and many friends.  Mary is survived by her husband Lt. General (Ret) Buford
Derald Lary, her son Lt Col (Ret) Derald Lary Jr, his wife Colonel (Ret) Debbie Lary and her daughter Jean Ann Baird and husband Robert
Baird. She has a grandson, Jeremiah Lary and a great granddaughter Miah Star Lary and her brother Henry William Hoffer Ill, his wife Linda
Hoffer and their two children and grand children. She was preceded in death by son William Britton Lary in 2010.
A memorial service will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church in McAllen. Burial will be in Arlington
National Cemetery near Washington D.C. at an unknown date. Kreidler Funeral is handling the local arrangements.  
The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation to the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation, 101 W. Expressway 83, McAllen Texas
78503 in her name. A special thanks to the staff and management of Waterford Gardens Assisted Living facility in Mission, Texas
Mary's life can be summed up with three words. Character, Composure and Confidence.


GALE WILSON MILLS
August 31, 1927 - September 12, 2014
Gale W. Mills, longtime former resident of LeRoy, MN, passed away from cancer on Friday September 12th in Texas.
Gale is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bettie J. Mills of Alamo,TX; one son, Michael (Elaine) Mills of LeRoy, MN; three daughters, Kris (Mark)
Kinter of Spring Park, MN, Patti (Ron) Duvel of Postville, IA, and Mary Christian of Dexter, MN. Also surviving is one sister, Ardyce Rush of Des
Moines, IA; one brother, Don (Viola) Mills of Minneapolis, MN;10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, all of whom he dearly loved.
Gale is preceded in death by his parents, Sam & Addie Mills; sisters, Jean & Marilyn; and his oldest grandson, Kyle Kinter.
He was loved by many nieces & nephews and a host of friends. He will be greatly missed.
A celebration of Gale's life is planned for Nov 2, 2014, in LeRoy.

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