OBITUARY

Mary Jo Kinghorn

June 2, 1933November 7, 2018

Mary Jo Mathison Kinghorn, 85, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 7, 2018. She was born to Pauline Magness and Roy Henry Mathison on June 2, 1933 in Austin, Texas. On November 2, 1957 in Victoria, Texas, Mary Jo married Lawrence Layfette Kinghorn, Jr.

Mary Jo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and obtained her Master of Education from what is now Texas State University. She worked for 2 ½ years at Foley’s in Houston in merchandizing, taught for the Victoria Independent School District for 10 years and worked for The Victoria College for 27 years as an instructor, Dean of Women, counselor and in other administrative positions. Mary Jo retired in 1996, though, she never slowed down. She enjoyed travelling, hosting parties, and working crossword puzzles. She loved putting everyone before herself.

Mary Jo was active in various committees at First Baptist Church, the First Baptist Church organist, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Delta Kappa Gamma, Victoria County Retired School Personnel Association and Citizens Medical Center Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her mother-in-law – Wilma Kinghorn, her sister-in-law and brother-in-law – Elsie & Bill Wheeless, as well as aunts and uncles. Mary Jo will be greatly missed by her daughter Elaine Lanier (DeWayne), son Paul Kinghorn (Stephanie), granddaughter Lawren Kinghorn (Dominic Edwards), step-granddaughters Ashley (Ben Smith) and Emily Lanier, and nephews Bill Wheeless (Karon) and Robert Wheeless.

Mary Jo’s requested honorary pallbearers included DeWayne Lanier, Thomas Johnson, Audley Dry, Bill Russell, Alan Johnson, Kelly Whitis and Bill Leske.

The family would like to thank the many friends that visited her and/or prayed for her over the last few months. Also, thank you to the staff of the Citizens Medical Center Skilled Nursing Unit and Hospice of South Texas for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, Mary Jo requested gifts in her memory to any of the following: First Baptist Church, South Texas Children’s Home, Hospice of South Texas, Victoria College Foundation, Guadalupe Baptist Association.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at First Baptist Church, Victoria, Texas. A meal will be provided for Mary Jo’s many friends and family. She would have loved for her friends and family to celebrate her life around the table. Please join us in her honor.

Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Elaine Lainer and husband DeWayne, Daughter
  • Paul Kinghorn and wife Stephanie, Son
  • Lawren Kinghorn, Granddaughter
  • Ashley and Emily Lainer, Step-Granddaughters
  • Bill Wheeless and wife Karon, Nephew
  • Robert Wheeless, Nephew
  • Lawrence L. Kinghorn, Husband
  • Roy Henry Mathison, Father
  • Pauline G. Magness Mathison, Mother
  • Wilma Kinghorn, Mother-in-law
  • Bill and Elsie Wheeless, Brother and Sister-in-law
  • PALLBEARERS

  • DeWayne Lanier, Honorary
  • Thomas Johnson, Honorary
  • Audley Dry, Honorary
  • Bill Russell, Honorary
  • Alan Johnson, Honorary
  • Kelly Whitis, Honorary
  • Bill Leske, Honorary
  • DONATIONS

  • First Baptist Church
  • South Texas Children's Home
  • Hospice of South Texas
  • Victoria College Foundation
  • Guadalupe Baptist Association

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Mary Jo Kinghorn

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Katherine Klingle

November 12, 2018

I am so heartbroken to hear about Mrs. Kinghorn's passing. I just found out this morning (Nov. 12) or I would have been there Saturday. Please accept my love and support in your loss of this lovely lady!
She made an impact on my life as a teacher/mentor at Victoria College, as a volunteer at Citizens and finally as a patient with her everlasting positive attitude. I can not express how much I respected Mrs. Kinghorn.
Elaine and Paul, please know that she made many, many lives better by being in this world and touching our lives. I will be forever grateful for crossing paths with her.

Diane Seifert

November 10, 2018

MARY Jo volunteered with me at CMC and was such a fun loving , up-beat and dedicated person! May God grant her rest. Thoughts and prayers to her her family and friends.
-Diane Gerhold Seifert

Ricky & Carol Ann Lenz

November 10, 2018

We were deeply saddened to hear that Mrs. Kinghorn had passed away. She
was my 8th grade math teacher at Crain Jr. High. She always was a true Christian woman who always had a big smile on her face. We know that she will be missed by many people. May God bless the entire Kinghorn family during your time of loss.

Michael Braden

November 9, 2018

My family atteneded FBC Victoria and I had the occasion to work with Mrs. Kinghorn thru choir and When I was attending Victoria Jr. College and then UofHVictoria, Mrs. Kinghorn would tell me if I ever needed help to get in contact with her and it didn't matter that she was the Dean of Women. I always went to her and she would help sort classes out or help me with whatever I needed to help further my education. She was always a treat to speak with, very polite, to the point and would always remind me that she was there to help.

Thanks for your concern to help people!

Michael & Rebecca Braden

Michael Biehunko

November 9, 2018

I was a partner at Rosewood Funeral Chapels until I retired in May 2016. I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Brother Roy and Mrs. Kinghorn in the early 70's as a young funeral director at Colonial Funeral Home. I had many funerals with Brother Roy and Mrs. Kinghorn. She would always delight the congregation at First Baptist Church with the beautiful music she played atfunerals. Both of them were simply devout Christian people. May God send his blessings on the entire Kinghorn family.

Tommy & Kathy Jones

November 8, 2018

Our deepest sympathy in your loss. Mary Jo was such a special friend to so many, a kind generous and loving Christian lady. She made all feel special. It was our honor to know her. Prayers for your comfort and strength in the days ahead. Love In Christ, Tommy and Kathy Jones, Montgomery, TX.

Joan Weeks Traylor

November 8, 2018

Elaine and Paul,
Your mom was such a special lady! My growing up at FBC was greatly influenced by your moms wonderful example and love for Christ. I loved playing the piano with her on the organ. I will be praying for you during this time but rejoicing in the knowledge that she is in her eternal home and is with her loved ones. One of the greatest promises HE has given us is that we will all be together with HIM again one glorious day. May your beautiful memories of fun times together help fill the void until that day. Joan

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Mary Jo Mathison Kinghorn, 85, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 7, 2018. She was born to Pauline Magness and Roy Henry Mathison on June 2, 1933 in Austin, Texas. On November 2, 1957 in Victoria, Texas, Mary Jo married Lawrence Layfette Kinghorn, Jr.

Mary Jo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and obtained her Master of Education from what is now Texas State University. She worked for 2 ½ years at Foley’s in Houston in merchandizing, taught for the Victoria Independent School District for 10 years and worked for The Victoria College for 27 years as an instructor, Dean of Women, counselor and in other administrative positions. Mary Jo retired in 1996, though, she never slowed down. She enjoyed travelling, hosting parties, and working crossword puzzles. She loved putting everyone before herself.

Mary Jo was active in various committees at First Baptist Church, the First Baptist Church organist, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Delta Kappa Gamma, Victoria County Retired School Personnel Association and Citizens Medical Center Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her mother-in-law – Wilma Kinghorn, her sister-in-law and brother-in-law – Elsie & Bill Wheeless, as well as aunts and uncles. Mary Jo will be greatly missed by her daughter Elaine Lanier (DeWayne), son Paul Kinghorn (Stephanie), granddaughter Lawren Kinghorn (Dominic Edwards), step-granddaughters Ashley (Ben Smith) and Emily Lanier, and nephews Bill Wheeless (Karon) and Robert Wheeless.

Mary Jo’s requested honorary pallbearers included DeWayne Lanier, Thomas Johnson, Audley Dry, Bill Russell, Alan Johnson, Kelly Whitis and Bill Leske.

The family would like to thank the many friends that visited her and/or prayed for her over the last few months. Also, thank you to the staff of the Citizens Medical Center Skilled Nursing Unit and Hospice of South Texas for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, Mary Jo requested gifts in her memory to any of the following:
First Baptist Church, South Texas Children’s Home, Hospice of South Texas, Victoria College Foundation, Guadalupe Baptist Association.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at First Baptist Church, Victoria, Texas. A meal will be provided for Mary Jo’s many friends and family. She would have loved for her friends and family to celebrate her life around the table. Please join us in her honor.

Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.