Mary Stark

Mary Stark

Mary Stark Obituary Photo_Quitaque
Mary Stark was born September 25, 1930 in Roscoe, Texas and died on January 11, 2017 surrounded by her family in Nacogdoches.  Her parents were Louie and Lucille Hartgraves.  She grew up in Sweetwater and later attended Texas Tech in Lubbock where she captured the heart of a young banker, O.R. Stark and they made their home in Quitaque.

Those preceding her in death were her parents and a son Scotty Stark.  She is survived by her daughter, Sherry Braden and husband Rick of Nacogdoches, son, Randy Stark and wife Linda of Quitaque, daughter-in-law Sandra Proffitt of Quitaque, brother Brice Hartgraves  and Cindy of Granbury.  She had 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a wealth of dear friends.

In Proverbs 31, it explains the virtues of a good woman.  Mary’s life was a living example of that proverb.  She knew how to properly balance her life using a positive attitude, even when life’s circumstances were just the opposite.  She had the gift of hospitality and always made you feel welcomed and well fed.  She loved beauty 
whether it was flowers or helping to make a small rural town look more attractive. She was a woman of culture and art and music were passions in her life.  Family meant the world to her and she would beam like a ray of sunshine when her loved ones were with her.  She honored her wedding vows of 50 years with her husband O.R. Stark of Quitaque and years later, 9 years with Durward Henry in Nacogdoches. The one she loved the most though, was her Lord.  She knew Christ personally and was faithful to His bride, the church her entire life.  When she entered heaven on January 11th, she heard these words, “well done Mary, my good and faithful servant.

The service will be held Tuesday, January 17 at First Baptist Church in Quitaque at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials to the Quitaque Beautification Fund, Box 540, Quitaque, Texas 79255.


  1. Tonya Adams on January 15, 2017 at 7:31 am

    So sorry fir your loss. Praying for comfort

  2. Sandra Proffitt on January 15, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I will miss you always but cherish every moment we had together. You where my mentor , friend ,and mom. You taught me how to be a lady and a Christian and to turn the other cheek. You gave me the grace I needed to go thru so many ups and downs in life.
    I will always have your spirit with me and you said you would check on me from time to time.
    The best compliment you ever gave me was telling me I was like this daughter n law in the bible and I said the book of Ruth that meant so much to me it said it all. You rest in peace and see everyone. You will always be in my heart. Love you MEMA

  3. Rickie and Lavon Stark on January 16, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Sympathy to the family. Even though we were related, we did not know her very well, but we did know her reputation as a beautiful Christian woman. Hugs and prayers to Randy and Linda.

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