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.