Friday, October 22, 2010

Heavens Angel

Mary Hawley, long time resident of Greenville passed away October 21, 2010 in Grapevine. Services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday at Highland Terrace Baptist Church under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Larry Jordan and Dr. Bobby Atkins will be officiating. Private interment will follow at Memoryland Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM Saturday at the funeral home.

Mary was born to James and Faye Harluson Nash in Lone Oak. She was raised by Jim and Nina Nash. Mary graduated from Lone Oak High School in 1944. In 1948, she graduated from Hillcrest Memorial Hospital in Waco with her RN diploma. She also attended Baylor University and East Texas State University. Mary moved to Greenville in 1960 as Director of Nursing Services for Citizens General Hospital and served 13 years as Nurse and Staff Development Coordinator with Hillhaven Nursing Homes. Next she was associated with Hunt County Family Services as RN before retiring in 1989.

She married C. W. Hawley in Greenville on November 23, 1960 and he survives her. She is also survived by her sons James Ervin of Rockwall, son and daughter-in-law Tom and Tracy Ervin of Campbell, son and daughter-in-law Richard and Terri Ervin of Westlake and son and daughter-in-law John (Buddy) and Carroll Ervin of Ennis; brother Chester Butts of Little Rock, Ark., sisters Dorothy Roberts of Aransas Pass and Glenda Perkins of Weatherford; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother; daughter-in-law Nancy Ervin; and granddaughter Judy Ervin.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Heath Ervin, Brandon Ervin, Jared Ervin and Cody Ervin and grandsons-in-law Greg Veretto, Paul Holland, Brad Kubin, and Markus Dalton. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons Jim Ervin and Joshua Ervin.

The family request memorials be made to Lakes Regional MHMR Center, P. O. Box 747, Terrell, TX 75160.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Today has not been a very good day. My Grandmother was hospitalized on Saturday for shortness of breath, that turned into congested heart failure. Today we were told by hospice that she would only live a few more hours. So during lunch, when my mom got the call from my daddy, we headed out. We got to her about an hour later. Thankfully she was still with us and we could see and talk to her.

I had a hard time when I first stepped in her room, tears just started falling. I'm sad for my daddy, his three brothers, and most of all my Granddad. From what we were told and saw she could hear us, but only could respond by shaking her head yes or no or squeezing your hand. She would say "oh me" over and over letting us know she was in pain. So the nurse comforted her with some pain meds.

Before we had got there they had taken out all her IV's and only left one for pain meds. Shortly after she received her meds, her sister showed up and it was amazing. My Grandmother said her name just as clear as me or you could. No one told her who she was and that she was there, like my Granddad did with the rest of the family. I had tears once again. It was something she needed.

Around 6 tonight hospice came in and said that she probably only has 24 hours left. I know they have no idea. They are only going off their knowledge and what they've seen before. God is the only one that knows the hour, minute, second she will pass from this earth and into the wonderful Kingdom and be in God's arms. How lucky is she?

As I type this post it's 10:30 pm and as far as I know (b/c I haven't heard from my parents) she is still hanging on. A part of me wants her to keep hanging on so that I can go see her again tomorrow. Then another part of me prays God will take her so that she will no longer be in pain. I just can't imagine what my Granddad is going to do with out her.

What an amazing Grandmother she is to me, my brother and her 12 grand kids & 14 great grand kids... 28 grandchildren!!! (that's not counting spouses either) She loves her 4 boys and their wife's so much too!! She will be deeply missed.

I love you Grandmother!!!