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Mary Johnson Hunt

August 6, 1915 August 22, 2018
Mary Johnson Hunt
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Obituary for Mary Johnson Hunt

Mary J. Hunt, née Mary Hamilton Johnson, age 103, of River Forest; beloved wife of the late Lawrence Halley Hunt; loving mother of Thomas (Laurie), Margaret, David, Elizabeth (Francis), James (Christie), the late Lawrence Jr. (the late Katherine), and the late Douglas (Holly); cherished grandmother of Christopher, Caroline (Jon), Laura (Jordan), Darwin (Lindsey), Brian, David, James, Katherine, Thomas, Katelyn and Anne; great-grandmother of six; dear sister of the late Hamilton (the late Jane) Johnson; adored aunt of many nieces and nephews; fond cousin and friend of many.

Mary was a lifelong resident of Oak Park and River Forest. She was born August 6, 1915 to Margaret H. and Chester C. Johnson. She grew up on Forest Avenue in Oak Park, two blocks from the home of her maternal grandparents, Mary S. and Henry R. Hamilton, Oak Park Village President from 1907-1909. She spent many summers of her youth at the Hamilton summer home, “Glen Carrie,” in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, with her extended family. She maintained lifelong friendships with her cousins that began there and in Oak Park.

Mary’s maternal ancestors were among the early families who settled in Chicago. Her great great grandfather, Richard J. Hamilton, was a lawyer and judge who also established the first public school in Chicago in 1832. Mary’s grandfather, Henry R. Hamilton, authored “The Epic of Chicago,” in 1932, detailing the early history of the city.

Mary’s father was born in Portland, Maine, where her Johnson ancestors lived for many generations since pre-Revolutionary days. Mary had fond memories of trips to Maine in her childhood to visit her relatives. It was there, along a dirt path on her family’s farm on Congress St., that she learned to ride a bicycle.

Mary graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1933 and from Stanford University in 1937, majoring in English.

In 1941, Mary married Lawrence H. Hunt (Laurie) at her parents’ home in Oak Park, a 64 year union which ended with his death in 2005. Due to her husband’s service in the Navy during World War II, Mary and Laurie briefly lived near Washington, D.C., then returned to the Chicago area and became residents of River Forest where they raised a family of seven children.

Mary enjoyed the many cultural offerings of Chicago. She and Laurie regularly attended performances of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and events at the Art Institute. As a member of the Chicago Council of Foreign Relations (now CC of Global Affairs), Mary attended events and kept up to date on world affairs. Among her treasured memories were those from her trips to England and Europe with her college friends and her family.

Mary and Laurie enjoyed gardening and landscaping and together they maintained a beautiful large yard used for hosting summer gatherings and winter ice skating for the enjoyment of the neighborhood children. Throughout her life she enjoyed summer trips to northern Michigan with her family, and in retirement, she and Laurie spent time in Carefree, Arizona. Mary played tennis and golf. She played the piano and loved to read, fostering her children’s interests in music and learning.

Mary was a lifelong member of First United Church of Oak Park. She volunteered as a member of Circle 25 of the Infant Welfare Society. Mary and Laurie were members of the River Forest Tennis Club since 1942, and the Oak Park Country Club.

Mary dearly loved her family and friends. Memories of her sense of adventure, humor and style and her spirit will always be cherished by her family.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 20th, at 2:30 p.m. at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St., Oak Park.

In lieu of flowers, suggestions for memorials are the Hunt Family Memorial Scholarship, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) Foundation, 306 E. Saint Joseph, Ste. 200, Rapid City, SD 57701 or First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60302.


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Memorial Service

Saturday

20

Oct

2:30 PM 10/20/2018 2:30:00 PM
First United Church of Oak Park

848 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60301

First United Church of Oak Park
848 Lake St. Oak Park 60301 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Hunt Family Memorial Scholarship

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) Foundation
306 E. Saint Joseph, Ste. 200
Rapid City, SD 57701

First United Church of Oak Park

848 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
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