Mary Isabel Hillberry

It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Isabel Hillberry, announce her passing at home in Santa Maria on November 1, 2017. Mary will fondly be remembered by her husband of 64 years, Alfred, her son's David and Steven (his wife Marie), and her grandchildren Dylan and Hannah. Mary will also be missed by her brother, Max Warren Hoffmeister , sister, Ruth Piva, and be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Mary was born February 11, 1929, in Imperial Nebraska to Max Hoffmeister, and Isabel (Benson) Hoffmeister. She graduated from Imperial High School in 1947, and then attended the University of Nebraska, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Home Economics in 1952. Mary married Alfred on Nov 23, 1952 in Imperial, Nebraska. Mary taught Home Economics for many years, and then concentrated on raising her family and volunteering for numerous organizations. Mary was very involved in AAUW (American Association of University Women), serving as Branch President in 1969-1970, Treasurer, and Circulation Chair before the days of email. She was also quite involved with Minerva Club, and was instrumental in establishing the Minerva Club Trust Fund, their sholarship fund. She served as an officer and mentored later officers of the trust, which continues to do well to this day, thanks to her advocacy. In addition she was involved in Eastern Star, PEO Sisterhood, and helped with Camp Fire Girls for many years. Mary was also very active in the First United Methodist Church in Santa Maria, tirelessly working on many small and large projects over the years, volunteering as needed, and teaching Sunday School or helping in the nursery.

Mary was devoted to her family, always there, in good times and bad, always positive and encouraging. Mary loved her children and grandchildren, and was fiercely proud of them all. Mary was known as a formidable bridge player, enjoyed book clubs, and dinner clubs. She was confident, independent, educated, respected, and above all kind. She was truly a wonderful role model, not only for her family, but for all of the many lives she influenced.

A celebration of Mary's life will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Santa Maria, 311 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA, 93454, on Saturday November 18, at 11:00am. Memorials may be made in Mary's name to the church.

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