Mary Bowen Hartshorn

February 16, 1959November 15, 2012
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Mary B. Hartshorn, 53, of Pace passed away on November 15, 2012 after a courageous battle against colon cancer. She was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and raised in Pensacola. She is survived by her husband of 12 ½ years, Bradley T. Hartshorn and step-daughter, Mary Mitchell Hartshorn; sisters, Johnnia Lamb of Bay St. Louis, MS and Allison Ladner of Diamondhead, MS; mother and step-father, Jean and Tom Archer of Gulf Breeze; Uncle Reggie and Aunt Maureen of Louisiana and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Owen Bourne of Diamondhead, Mississippi. Mary was an avid runner and competed in many 5Ks, 10Ks, the Pensacola Double Bridge Run, Bear Lake Trail Challenge Run and two half-marathon road races. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of West Florida and was a Project Manager for the United States Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Office in Pensacola. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel with Pastor Doug Holmes of Christian Life Church officiating. Interment will follow at Bayview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant Hospice’s Joyce Goldenberg Hospice Inpatient Residence, 10075 Hillview Road, Pensacola, FL 32514. BAYVIEW FISHER-POU CHAPEL, 3351 Scenic Highway is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered at


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, November 20, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Rusty Holland

March 25, 2013

Johnnia I am so sorry to hear about Mary.She was always so sweet.So many great memories. I know she will be missed.

Nancy (VanDuyne) Model

March 4, 2013

I saw Mary's name in the memoriam section of the UWF alumni magazine. We were students together and only saw each other a few times since. It looks like she had a life filled with love for her husband and a career she loved as well - a life well lived.

Erica Robbins

December 3, 2012

I met Mary many years ago when we both worked for DEP and went to "SLERP" camp~ I am so honored to have been touched even briefly by her sweet good-hearted easy-going nature...and was so glad that she had found Brad and been happily married. My heart goes out to all of her friends and family for the unimaginable loss of this beautiful soul!

Johnnia Lamb

November 28, 2012

Mary, I love you with every part of my being. I love you with my entire spirit. You are my sister, and always have been...always shall be. I have known you from the day I was born. Nothing you could do could tear us apart. Not even death. Throughout every struggles in life, you have always been there. I know you didn't always understand me, but Mary, your love never needed understanding-you just loved me anyway. It has been my honor to call you sister.
I have been blessed to have you in my life. From my heart---to yours, in God's arms,
Your little sister

Betty Hartshorn

November 27, 2012

It has been a week since we had our final farewell. Tom and I are back in Orlando and while traveling, I looked up at the sky and knew you were watching over us for a safe trip home. You now have to watch over Brad and Mary Mitchell.

M'ache England

November 27, 2012

My prayers are with Mary's family, friends, and co-workers. I met Mary through her Mother, Jean, many years ago. Her Mother always said...My Mary is coming over...I am going to see My Mary...yes, Jean, that is your Mary.
My heart is so heavy. I cannot imagine how you must feel. Find comfort in knowing Your Mary is not in pain anymore. "Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! For His mercy endures forever." Psalm 118

Robert Hartshorn

November 27, 2012

Dearest Mary,
It's been a week since we said goodbye. Over the past 7 days, I have thought of you and Brad often. My heart aches knowing how much you are missed and will be missed, by all. But I am comforted knowing that you are with our Lord and no longer suffering.
I passed your message of kindness on to Leighanne, Emma and Brandon and we prayed for you and Brad on Thanksgiving. I will try to carry your message forward to others in hopes that a little more kindness will go a long way.

Love always,

Robert, Leighanne, Emma and Brandon Hartshorn

Ed Sarfert

November 26, 2012

Mary has been a great friend to me since we both started out in this career. I could always count on her no matter what. I sure miss her. She was just a fun, genuine and caring person, and one in a million. Brad, you always took such good care of her, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Kaye Mathis

November 21, 2012

Mary has always been sweet,caring,and compassionate. So full of life and so easy to smile and laugh that wonderful laugh of hers.....I will miss your laugh and your friendship on this earth. When I visited her at hospice, she made me promise I would get my colonoscopy every year because that is the kind of friend she was....I told her I admired her courage and positive outlook in the face of such adversity. She told me she had a good life and was ready if the good Lord took her on to heaven. She said she had been very happy with her soul mate Brad and that she could not have asked for a better husband. We will miss you Mary on this earth but heaven surely has a special angel......With love, Kaye Mathis

Mary Gutierrez

November 20, 2012

Then Almitra spoke, saying, We would ask now of Death.
And he said: You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honor.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of this trembling?

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then you shall truly dance. - The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran

See you on the other side sister - Love you much.