Mary Josephine Hawkins, a resident of Los Angeles for 80 years, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and GOP matriarch of the San Fernando Valley, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at the age of 97. Mary has been involved in Republican politics for half a century, serving as president of various clubs and an advisor to countless campaigns.
Mary has been involved in Republican politics in the San Fernando Valley for decades. Her house was always open to Republican candidates who wanted to organize campaigns or raise funds.
Mary was a gold card member (25+ years of service) of the National Federation of Republican Women. She was a founding member of the West Valley Republican Club. She also had the distinction of being a member of the Lincoln Clubs of Los Angeles County longer than anyone else at the time of her passing. Mary always supported Republican candidates and elected officials in the Valley. Every campaign season she was a major contributor to the San Fernando Valley Republican Headquarters.
Born in Wagner, South Dakota, she moved with her family to Santa Monica at the age of fourteen. She and husband Altamar Lee Hawkins had two children, Sandra and Jim. She is survived by her son, Jim, grandchildren Linda, David (Kelly), and Ann Marie (Will), and great-grandchildren Ashley, Blake, Kimberly, Brittany, Laura, Bryce, Joshua, and Catie.
Services for Mary will be held on Saturday, January 28 at 11:00am at Prince of Peace Church in Woodland Hills. The address is 5700 Rudnick Avenue. All are welcome.
We will miss Mary.