Mary A. Hull

September 16, 1928December 6, 2012

Mary Avanell Hull, 84, Shawnee, Kansas, passed away December 6, 2012 at Hillside Village of DeSoto, Kansas. Visitation will be held from 12:00-1:00 p.m. followed by funeral services at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 21, at Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road. Burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Prairie Baptist Church/Youth Ministry, 7416 Roe Avenue, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208. Mary was born September 16, 1928 in Charles City, Iowa. She was married to Thomas J. Hull in 1948, two years after graduating together from Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa. Mary devoted her life to her family, raising six children while moving seven times in 14 years, from Iowa to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illlinois, Arkansas and back to Kansas, finally settling in Overland Park in 1968. As empty nesters, Tom and Mary moved to Shawnee, Kansas where they enjoyed their home together until failing health caused them to move to Hillside Village in De Soto, Kansas. Mary also dedicated herself to Prairie Baptist Church, where she and Tom were members for 44 years. She was preceded in death by her mother, Gretchen Harden and father, Onia Harden of Leon, Iowa. Mary is survived by her husband, Thomas J. Hull of Hillside Village, De Soto, and six children, Kathy Mauge (Tom), Crossville, Tennessee; Pat Hull, Leawood, Kansas; Mary Davis (Marvin), Chandler; Arizona, Dr. Timothy Hull (Candy), Olathe, Kansas; David Hull, Beijing, China; Bill Hull (Karen), Ennis, Texas. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and her half sister, Susan Park of Tallahassee, Florida. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Friday, December 21, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 21, 2012

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Pat Boone Stills

December 19, 2012

I am saddened to hear of Mary's passing but joyful that she is with her God and Saviour again. I have such fond memories of Mrs.Hull during our college years, spending hours and hours with my best friends, her daughters, Mary and Pat. Mr. Hull loved to tease us all, as well as did the boys. Mary would just smile and be her sweet self. I had the pleasure of having dinner with Mary and Tom and Pat in Shawnee a few years ago and what a joy that was for me! My sympathy and love go out to my friends, Pat and Mary Beth, as well as Kathy, Tim and Candy, Bill and David and all the extended family. Please give Mr. Hull a kiss and hug from me. Love and peace to all of you at this sad time.

Charles and Colleen Templer

December 19, 2012

We are very sorry to hear of Mary's passing. Our thoughts and prayers will be with Tom and the family at this difficult time.

Bob and Fleta Rose

December 18, 2012

We were sorry to hear of Mary's death. As your Shawnee neighbors for many years, we felt a strong bond to her and Tom. We especially remember Sydney and how he would guard our back fence. Christmas time was a wonderful neighbor time as we would both exchange cookies and fudge. I still use her maple fudge recipe. God bless her family as she was a lovely and gracious lady.

Holly Hull Craiger

December 17, 2012

I am so very sorry for your loss. Your beautiful wife, mom and grandma was a very special woman. Her kind, gentle sweet soul will always be remembered by me and my family. We did not have many opportunities to see you all when growing up but the strong memories of your loving, closeknit family is ever present to us.