Mary  Watson Pipes


Mary Watson Pipes went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 31, 2019. She was born and raised in Ft. Worth Texas on June 6, 1934 to John and Thelma Watson. She married John Roy Pipes in February of 1959 and raised two sons, John Leonard and Michael Roy.
As a Gainesville resident for over 40 years, she was a member of the Hillcrest Church of Christ, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and adored every child who crossed her path. While working as the Director of Medical Records at Gainesville Memorial Hospital, she was a friend and mentor to a group of women who lovingly referred to themselves as "Mary's Girls." While she raised only her two sons, she was known as "Mom" to many others.
Mary was a true lady, classy, smart and always fiercely devoted to her family and friends. Her faith, strength and grace were always present and helped carry her through many great losses in her lifetime.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, John and Thelma Watson; her brother, LaVerne Watson; her sister, Johnnie Kreidel; her niece, Mary Lee Taylor; her husband, John Roy Pipes; and her two sons, John Leonard Pipes and Michael Roy Pipes. She is survived by her grandsons, Brandon Pipes of San Diego; Steven and Ashly Pipes and their daughter Adeline Carol Pipes of Houston; her daughter-in-law, Tana Pipes of Odessa; and many beloved nieces, nephews and dear friends.
A Celebration of the Life of Mary Watson Pipes will be Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 PM at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall, 1200 N Elm St, Denton, Texas 76201
Published on June 11, 2019
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Dianne Perrin
Jun 06, 2019
I was lucky enough to have know Mary when my sister, Lisa Wallis, and Johnny became friends. Then I was lucky enough to go to work for Mary in Medical Records. Being one of "Mary's Girls" was an honor to me. Away from the job Mary was there for me during some of my darkest moments. She helped me mature and learn to stand up for myself. She truly was my second mom. I remember taking my kids swimming over there quite often. One day Mary was making merangue for a pie, and my little Amber wanted to lick the spoon. Mary asked her "Doesn't your mother ever make this"? To which Amber replied, "No, she doesn't make anything". Needless to say I was mortified but Mary laughed - then we started lesson...s on making merangue. I have pics from that day that are stored away, but the memories are as vivid as ever. Mary and I stayed in touch through the years, and she was the one person who NEVER judged, only offered up advice with love and concern. I will miss my "Mama Mary" so much!! Brandon, Tana, Steve, my heart is with you so very much during this time.Read more
Jun 05, 2019
When my mother married John Leonard, his family, including John Roy, Mary, Mike, and Tana treated us as blood kin; we gained an entire family.

Mary and I became special friends, and she was there for me during a very difficult time. I have beautiful memories of visiting her and that red dog Sable, devouring hot fudge sundaes, and watching Star Trek and various soaps. We had great fun, talking politics, history, science, you name it. John Roy would introduce me as his grandson to the Cooke County Democrats--love and acceptance best in class.

I've encountered many people in my globetrotting, and though I'd say people are basically good, Mary was a jewel standing atop. The world is better
... having had her, and I hope to live up to her example.

I love you Mary, and I offer love and condolences to Tana, Brandon, and Steven.
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