Mary H. Hope

Funeral services for Mary H. Hope, 95, Lawrence, will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Lawrence. Please be aware that due to COVID-19 and safety precautions, we are asking people to respect and comply with social distancing and must wear a mask. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha, NE. She passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020, at LMH Health.

Mary was born on January 18, 1925 in Omaha, NE, the daughter of William and Mary (Dworak) Parr. She married Charles Gordon Hermann in 1950 and they had three children. He passed away in 1983. She married John Hope in 1992. He passed away in 2007. Mary was also preceded in death by her brother, William Parr.

Survivors include her three children, Charles Gordon Hermann, Jr. (Gunnison, CO), Mary Pat Jacobson and husband, Mike (Lawrence),and Cathy Madl and her husband, Jim (Tecumseh). She is also survived by her three grandsons, Alex and his wife, Alexandria (Seattle), Ryan (Lawrence), and Willie and his wife, Katelynn (Topeka). Mary is also survived by John Hope, Jr. and his son, Brad (both in Andover) and his daughter, Mary Jo and her husband, Jared (New Jersey) and their son, Mason. Mary is also survived by eight nieces and nephews, Mary, Ann, Bill, John, Kate, Jim, Tom, and Joe, and preceded in death by Pat.

After high school she worked at Mutual of Omaha. During her marriage to her first husband, they moved around while he was stationed in the Army. They settled in Topeka, then Omaha. She later moved to Lawrence. She worked for the Kansas Legislature, and at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Later she volunteered at both LMH and the Visitor Center at the Lawrence Union Pacific Depot. Mary was active in the Women’s Golf League and was a member of both a lady’s poker club and a group supper club where she made and kept many friends. She had a great group of neighbors who cared and looked after her. She loved KU football and basketball and would travel with her second husband to many of the tournaments. She was also a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.

Mary had many dogs in the course of her life, and was especially bonded to her beloved, Leroy. The family suggests memorials in her name to the Lawrence Humane Society that may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

6 Condolences

  1. Cathy Novak-Wood on August 8, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    So sorry for your loss Cathy. She sounds like a life force! Prayers and love.

  2. Nancy Hedges on August 8, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Cathy, Jim, Willie and Katelyn- Tom and I send our love and sympathy. I loved her picture and reading her obituary. Bless you all in your sorrow, and may memories sustain you! Tom and Nancy Hedges

  3. Deb Smith Salsbury on August 9, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Mary Pat and Cathy, I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember your mom from years ago and she was a great lady. Know that you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Debbie McCarthy on August 9, 2020 at 8:04 am

    So sad to learn the news of Mary’s passing! She was one of my favorite volunteers at the Visitor Center. What an incredible woman she was, always positive, funny, spoke her mind! She taught me how to age with grace and a sense of humor. So glad I was able to talk to her in April. Mary Pat, please accept my condolences, your Mother was one hell of a woman and I was proud to know her!!!

  5. Carolyn Church on August 12, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Mary Pat,
    I remember seeing your Mom at KU basketball games—her great smile and enthusiasm were heart warming. I know you attended some games with her and I hope you have wonderful memories of times with your Mom. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  6. Melody Granzow on August 20, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    We knew her years ago as our favorite neighbor on Westland Place. Loved her sense of humor, and she taught us how to play “boccie ball” in her back yard. Mary was a delight! Prayers and blessings for your family.

    Melody and Steve Granzow

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