Mary Hufford-Hollingsworth

Sept. 8, 1925 – April 15, 2008

Mary Louise Hufford-Hollingsworth, 82, of Sweet Home, died April 15, 2008 at her home.

She was born Sept. 8., 1925 in Cromwell, Okla., to Leonard E. and Lucille A. (Calvert) Thornbrugh.

In 1939, she moved with her parents and siblings, Pauline, Ele and Nina, to Sweet Home. She graduated from Sweet Home Union High School. On June 19, 1945, she married Frank C. Hufford. He died June 20, 1998. In 1999 she married Neal Hollingsworth.

Mrs. Hollingsworth was involved in the Riverside Christian Church in many ways. She bought “Upper Room” daily devotionals for the church and supplied “Pockets” magazines for the youth group. For the missions, she made ink pens with flowers attached on the top and sold them to raise money.

She enjoyed knitting with a knitting machine, and she crocheted many things including baby blankets, sun-catchers, and swans. She made sugar-free and regular pies for everyone.

Mrs. Hollingsworth played Bingo on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Vets Club. On Thursdays she played cards with her friends. She was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW and the American Legion.

She and her husband attended dances two or three times per week. They also traveled the United States and Canada.

She is survived by her husband, Neal Hollingsworth; children Steve and wife Patsy Hufford of Lake Dallas, Texas, Kay and husband Joe Clark of Sweet Home, Mike Hufford of Sweet Home, and Carol and husband Del Hollingsworth of Lebanon; 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; sister Nina and husband Mel Gosser; brother Ele and wife Lucille Thornbrugh, both of Eugene.

Mrs. Hollingsworth was preceded in death by her first husband, Frank C. Hufford; her parents, and sister Pauline Morgan.

Funeral services were held April 19 at 18th and Long Church of Christ. Final burial will be at Gilliland Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice and Albany Helping Hands Shelter, 619 9th Ave. SE, Albany, OR 97322.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.