BEDFORD -- Mary Lynn (Johnson) Minick of Bedford, Texas passed into the arms of her loving Savior on January 22, 2015. Visitation will be held at Lucas Funeral Home at 1321 Precinct Line Road, Hurst, Texas from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 26. Graveside services will be held prior to the service at 9 a.m., January 27 at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. at The Hills Church of Christ Chapel at 6300 NE Loop 820 in North Richland Hills on Tuesday, January 27. Following the service, a luncheon will be held in the Prayer Room at The Hills for family and close friends. She was born Mary Lynn Johnson on April 2, 1927 in Greenville, Texas to May Violet Kelly and William Erby Johnson. Mary had one sister, Martha Anne Ballard, and is survived by her only brother, William Erby Johnson, Jr. Mary attended high school in Irving and was editor of the school newspaper, cheerleader and Valedictorian of her class. She began teaching the Bible at the age of 19. She loved learning and studied Spanish, English and business at Harding Christian College in Arkansas, University of Texas at Arlington and Tarrant County Jr. College. Mary is also survived by her five children: Deborah Hoffman of Abilene; Diane Jones of Boulder, Colorado; Dana Proffer of North Richland Hills; William James (Bill) Minick, III of Dallas; and DeeDee Wiese of Livermore, California. She is also survived and remembered by 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary met the love of her life, William James (Bill) Minick, Jr., when she was eight years old. They were married for 65 years until his death on June 30, 2011. Mary was a devoted wife and mother and served alongside her husband as a preacher's wife and Bible teacher in Churches of Christ in Cameron, Sanger, El Paso, Arlington and Snyder, as well as Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She was President of Toastmistress and worked with Bill in his insurance business for 20 years. In 1998, she was honored as a “Christian Sister of Service” at Abilene Christian University. In 2005, Mary was honored by The Hills Church of Christ in an “Upwords” recognition ceremony after 19 years of serving women as a teacher, mentor, counselor and encourager. In lieu of flowers, Mary requested that donations be made to Family Care, a ministry of The Hills, which can be reached through Carl Grassl, Minister of Family Care at Carl.Grassl@thehills.org or 817.281.0773.
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