Mary Jane Kerner

March 28, 1934June 12, 2019

Mary Jane (Hawkes) Kerner

Born March 28, 1934 in Kewanee, Illinois an only child to Mary Jane (Whitehouse) Hawkes and Frank Hawkes. She married Richard Lee Kerner in 1952. Together they had three sons, James of North Carolina, Walter and wife, Denise of Oklahoma City, Bradley and his wife, Paula, of Edmond, Oklahoma. Four grandchildren, Kristin Cunningham and husband, Barry, Kevin Kerner and wife, Kylie, Brittney Kerner and Richard Lee Kerner II. Two great grandsons, Owen and Alec Cunningham.

Mary was preceded in death by both her parents, Mary Jane Hawkes and Frank Hawkes. As well as her husband, Richard Lee Kerner.

Mary attended school in Illinois and after marriage lived many different places with her career Air Force husband, including Alabama, Ohio, Indiana, North Dakota, Germany and Taiwan. Mary began her career in banking at a US Army post in Taiwan working as a teller. In 1971 she and her family moved to Norman, Oklahoma. Nearly all her working years were spent in different areas of banking. The last several years of her banking life she worked as a loan officer and originated mortgage loans.

Mary was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Norman, Oklahoma. She enjoyed her church, family, and friends and she liked to play bridge and travel.

Visitation will be held Monday, June 17, 2019 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM at Primrose Funeral Service located at 1109 N Porter Ave. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 2:00PM at St. John’s Episcopal located at 235 W Duffy St. in Norman. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park located at 2301 E Indian Hills in Norman.


  • David Bryant, Active Pallbearer
  • Curt Kuntson, Active Pallbearer
  • Chuck Burkes, Active Pallbearer
  • Danny Bryant, Active Pallbearer
  • David Day, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Monday, June 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 18, 2019


Mary Jane Kerner

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Sheila (Whitehouse) Hauserman

July 3, 2019

Dear Family of Mary Jane
I'm Mary Jane's second cousin, I just heard of her sudden death from Joan, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Probably the last time I saw Dick and Mary Jane was at their wedding. We were close as children as our folks spent nearly every Sat. evening playing cards. My dad was Mary Jane's Mom's first cousin. We girls would play together while the folks had their card games. I left Kewanee in 1960 and moved to Calif. where I still reside in San Diego.
I have good memories of Mary Jane and her folks and her Grama Whitehouse. My love to you all, Sheila(Whitehouse) Hauserman

James Bishop

June 19, 2019

Rest in Peace Mary. We will look after Brad for you as well as Britt and Richard II.
Jim and Rose Bishop