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MARY HUDGINS GAINEY

Mary Hudgins Gainey

Mary Hudgins Gainey went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Saturday, January 6, 2018 after complications from pneumonia. She was born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1935 to Evelyn McCall Brown and Clarkson Armfield Brown. Her father's career took the family to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1942 and then to Jackson, Mississippi in 1949. Mary was enrolled in Bailey Junior High School in Jackson and quickly met her lifelong friends. Although "the girls" scattered after high school they stayed close and took annual trips together to the mountains of Tennessee, only getting lost on two occasions at sundown on their favorite hiking trail.
Mary graduated from Central High School in 1953, attended one year at Mississippi College for Women and then transferred and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1957. While at Ole Miss, she was a member of Chi Omega sorority, a campus Beauty and named Miss Hospitality in 1956.
Mary married her college sweetheart, Richard Douglas Hudgins in 1957. Doug's service as a pilot in the United States Naval Air Force took the young couple to Pensacola, Florida and Norfolk, Virginia where they were respectively blessed with the birth of Doug, Jr and Dianne. The couple moved back to Jackson in 1962 and their third child, Clark was born in 1963.
Mary was that mom who was the envy of all the other kids. She was gorgeous, kind, wise and understanding. She was an active member of the Junior League of Jackson, chairman of exhibits at the Mississippi Arts Festival, a member of the Festival Follies GOGO boot- dancing ambassadors, as well as a volunteer guide for tours of the city and the Old Capitol Museum. In the 1970's she began a career working outside of the home as Special Events Coordinator with McRae's Department Stores where among other activities, she directed the Macettes, a group of high school senior girls who performed various volunteer functions throughout the city. In the 1980's, Mary began an exciting career in world travel, directing trips for Jackson Tour & Travel and eventually her own company, In Any Event. During these years, she added event and wedding planning to her resume as well as served on the Board of Directors of the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Following the loss of her husband, Doug in 1993, Mary remarried her high school sweetheart, John Lee Gainey, Jr. in 1999. Anyone who ever spent time with Mary and John will tell you they were the happiest of couples who let the love of God's light shine within them every single day. Mary and John were very active in their respective Churches, Christ United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church Jackson, directing Sunday School classes and serving as Leaders of Cursillo.
And thus, Mary's finest career was being a shining example of Christ- like love. We are confident Jesus smiled on "Manny" January 6th as she entered the gates of heaven preceded by her signature "Yoohoo, it's "Manny!" . Well done God's good and loyal servant.
Mary is preceded in death by: Her first husband, Richard Douglas Hudgins, Her parents, Evelyn McCall Brown and Clarkson Armfield Brown, her in laws, Dr. William Douglas Hudgins and Blanche Jones Hudgins, her sister in law, Margaret Murphy Brown and her niece, Dr. Catherine Hudgins Tuck.
"Manny" is survived by her loving husband, John Lee Gainey, Jr., her children: Richard Douglas Hudgins Jr., Dianne Hudgins Lloyd (Scot) and William Clarkson Hudgins (Patti Rose). Her precious grandchildren: Colby McCall Black, Alexander Hudgins Black, Tyler Randolph Black, Abigail Rose Hudgins, Travis Walton Hudgins and Mary Evelyn Hudgins. Her grandchildren were the love of her life and often received letters of encouragement, emails, texts, phone calls, and exam snacks wrapped up in bible verses.
She is also survived by her wonderful step children Debbie Gainey, John Lee Gainey III, Robin Lang and Rene Yanity.
Her brother, Clarkson Armfield Brown Jr., her sister, Nancy Brown Strong (Michael). Her brother in laws, William Robert Hudgins (Cyndy), James Judson "Jim" Hudgins (Adele McGowan). Her nieces and nephews, Robert David Hudgins (Meghan), Anne Hudgins Williams (Steve), Laurie Hudgins Peacock (David) Jud Hudgins, Will Hudgins, Adele Hudgins Wolf (Travis), Caroline Brown Bennett (David), Suzanne Brown Eversberg (Drew), Morgan deRossett Strong, Hunter deWolfe Strong (Karla Pan) and a slew of brilliant great nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held for Mary in the Chapel at First Baptist Church, Downtown Jackson at 11am on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Visitation will be held from 9am-11am in the atrium foyer of the Sanctuary.

 



Mary Hudgins Gainey
August 7, 1935 - January 6, 2018

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