OBITUARY

Mary Mayfield

July 10, 1927November 29, 2018
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Mary Datel Mayfield, 91, of Longview, TX passed away November 29, 2018 at her residence in Longview. She was born July 10, 1927 in Dayton, TX to Frank and Sophie Datel. She graduated from Dayton High School in 1945. She married Rex Mayfield February 8, 1947 in Baytown, TX. She is survived by her son: Roy Mayfield and his wife Linda of Fort Worth; sister: Louise Adams of Dayton; grandchildren: Robin Hataway and her husband Charlie of Lumberton, Joel Mayfield of San Antonio, Traci Lacewell and her husband Jason of Fort Worth, Misty Brown and her husband Adam of Hallsville; great grandchildren: Hayden and Trevor Hataway, Jacob and Landon Mayfield, Trenton, Grant and Brooke Lacewell, Lily, Cash, Rex, and Max Brown; niece: Julia Ripkowski; as well as numerous other nieces, nephews, and extended family members. She is preceded in death by her husband, Rex; sons: Billy and David Mayfield, parents: Frank and Sophie Datel; grandson: Kyle Mayfield; granddaughter: Mikki Mayfield. A time of visitation with the Mayfield family will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Chapel of Lakeview Funeral Home with a service to commemorate her life beginning at 3:00 p.m. Rev. James Pierce will be officiating. Interment will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens. A special thanks to Mary's caregivers from StayKare of Gilmer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Hospice of East Texas.

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by her son: Roy Mayfield and his wife Linda of Fort Worth; sister: Louise Adams of Dayton; grandchildren: Robin Hataway and her husband Charlie of Lumberton, Joel Mayfield of San Antonio, Traci Lacewell and her husband Jason of Fort Worth, Misty Brown and her husband Adam of Hallsville; great grandchildren: Hayden and Trevor Hataway, Jacob and Landon Mayfield, Trenton, Grant and Brooke Lacewell, Lily, Cash, Rex, and Max Brown; niece: Julia Ripkowski; as well as numerous other nieces, nephews, and extended family members. She is preceded in death by her husband, Rex; sons: Billy and David Mayfield, parents: Frank and Sophie Datel; grandson: Kyle Mayfield; granddaughter: Mikki Mayfield.

Services

  • A Time of Visitation with Mary's Family Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 3, 2018
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Debbie Westbrook

November 30, 2018

It was my joy and honor to have helped care for Mary as her hospice nurse for the past 2 years. She may have only shared a few words with me, but she had many looks that she gave me. Some were a smile (If it was a lucky day), some were frowed brows, not from pain, but "like why do you have to come and mess with me every week?" Other looks were why do you always talk to me and ask all those questions when you know I'm not going to answer you. But one of my favorites, was when she got home from the hospital, and she looked up from the bed straight into my eyes and I asked if she knew who I was, she gave me a little smile and small nod. That was all I needed. She was ready to give up her long fight, and is now whole again with her husband and many other family members and friends I am sure! I will think of you every day as I drive past your street on my way to and from work. I will miss you!
P.S. Every Mom should be ask lucky as you to have a son and daughter in law that made sure you were always so well taken care of. You surely raised him right as he returned to you what you gave to him, unconditional love and support!

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Biography

Mary Mayfield was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

Mary was born on July 10, 1927 at The Datel farm just outside of Dayton, Texas in Dayton, Texas. Her parents were Frank and Sophie. Mary was raised in Dayton, Texas. She was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life.

Growing up in the Mayfield household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Mary was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and she was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Mary was raised with two step brothers, one step sister, four brothers and one sister. She had two step brothers, George and Albert Manak, one step sister, Tillie Manak, four brothers, Frank, Charlie, John and Louis and one sister, Louise. Mary was constantly involved in activities with her brothers and sisters. Mary and her siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Mary was always consistently loyal to her family.

As a young child, Mary was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. She wasn’t pushy and never forced her way into games or other activities. Mary developed a variety of interests, though, and the things she enjoyed doing she did well. She was always curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Mary took part in volleyball and basketball. She was a Future Homemaker of America. She liked dolls. However, what Mary enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

While her teachers and even her friends generally thought of Mary as being a serious person, she managed to have a pretty good time in high school as she made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Dayton High School in 1945. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was P. E. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was her coach. Varsity volleyball and basketball. Mary was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using her exceptional memory, she was able to learn much through observation. Mary always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though she could easily master any problem that might be presented to her.

Always considered to be a solid friend, Mary was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during her life. Since she disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw her own conclusions based on direct observation, Mary was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew her. She was committed to her friends and valued the trust she placed in them. It was not uncommon for Mary to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought her out for advice because she had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of her best friends were the neighbors. Later in life, she became friends with Johnnie Thompson, Ruth Jordan, Nita Mayfield and Ruth Mayfield.

Compassionate and devoted to Rex, Mary held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength to Rex and using her gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, she worked hard to make her new family happy.

Mary brought the same traditional values in her marriage to bear on how she raised her children. She was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in her dealings. She would always listen carefully and think things through before she acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Mary was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Mary was blessed with three children, three sons, Roy, Billy and David. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Joel, Kyle, Robin, Traci, Misty and Mikki.

Mary greatly enjoyed what she did for a living. She was a hard worker who expected the same in return from her co-workers. She was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Mary enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Mary was excellent at meeting deadlines. She was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Her primary occupation was a mother and a homemaker. She was employed as a waitress at Bronco Diner after high school and five ears at Prowler Travel Trailer after the children left home. Mary worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Mary liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into her hobbies, where she was very methodical in how she organized her activities and categorized things. Since she enjoyed her private time, Mary always tried to allocate a specific time for working on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were ceramics, gardening and dominoes. Mary was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

Mary found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, she could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. She applauded those who won, and she enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find herself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Mary played basketball and volleyball. Recreational sports included walking. She would watch her favorite sporting events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list was basketball.

Many organizations were grateful to have Mary as a member, since she always brought with her a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Mary was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that she was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. She always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. In high school, Mary was a member of the Future Homemakers of America.

As a woman who always showed great commitment to the things she believed in, it’s little wonder that Mary was so active in her community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Mary preferred to base her decisions on first-hand experiences. Mary was never afraid to roll up her sleeves and dig right in. Mary was a member of several community groups, including serving as Cub Scout Den Mother for a couple years.

Mary was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of Greggton 1st Baptist Church. During that time, she was a volunteer in the church office, a vacation bible study teacher, a Sunday school teacher and an occasional choir member. She was a sympathetic woman who valued her beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

Mary enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since she was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Mary appeared effortless. She enjoyed researching all of her examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where she traveled, Mary always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included Alaskan cruises and family camping.

Mary was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Mary’s favorites was "Puppy Jones" a pug. They were best friends for 12 years.

When Mary’s retirement finally arrived in 1980, she was well prepared. She always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things she knew, so she was very confident in planning her retirement. She had begun the process early and had her retirement all laid out well in advance. Her new life involved relocating to her home at 206 East Hope drive for 55 years. In retirement, she found new pleasure in travel trailer camping with family, keeping her grandchildren, dominoes and "42". Even in retirement, Mary continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in her new community and felt fulfilled.

Mary Mayfield passed away on November 29, 2018 at her home in Longview. Mary had a long fight with Alzheimer's. She is survived by her son and daughter in law, Roy and Linda, grandchildren Robin, Joel, Traci, and Misty and eleven great grandchildren. Services were held at Lakeview Funeral Home. Mary was laid to rest in Lakeview Memorial Gardens.

Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Mary Mayfield. She was committed to living the life of a good woman who was both practical and trustworthy. She was committed to the traditional values that she upheld her entire life. She committed herself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around her. Most of all, she was committed to those she knew and loved.