Mary Love Walker Allbright
ODESSA ó Mary Love Walker Allbright slipped into her Heavenly
Fatherís hands Tuesday morning, August 17, 2004, freeing her from her
earthly bondage of sickness.
Donít grieve for me, for now Iím free; Iím following the path God
laid for me. I took his hand when I heard him call, I turned my back and
left it all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work or
play. Tasks left undone must stay that way; I found that peace at the
close of the day. If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with
remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; Ah yes, these
things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow; I wish you
the sunshine of tomorrow. My lifeís been full, I savored much, Good
friends, good times, a loved oneís touch. Perhaps my time seemed all
too brief; Donít lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart
and share with me; God wanted me now......HE SET ME FREE.
Mary Love was born January 28, 1925, in Loraine, Texas, to James Wiley
and Syble Walker and was the oldest of two daughters. She grew up in
Loraine and attended schools there graduating from Loraine High School.
After her high school graduation she attended Texas Tech University in
Lubbock and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home
On June 12, 1946, Mary Love married the love of her life, Jack Goodwin
Allbright. They were married for 57 years until Jackís death on July
31, 2003. Mary Love and Jack were blessed with a daughter and son,
son-in-law, daughter-in-law, five grandchildren and three
ďGrandma MaryĒ was a special lady! She was a friend to everyone she
came into contact with. In all of her travels she never met a stranger
no matter where she went. She never hesitated to help anyone and was
willing to give whatever was needed. She stressed to all she knew how
important first and foremost her faith in her Lord and Savior was.
Mary Love taught school in Loraine, Texas, for half a year and moved to
Odessa to begin teaching. She taught for 35 1/2 years and retired from
Austin Elementary. She was a dedicated educator and stressed how
important learning was for all ages.
Mary Love was a member of First United Methodist Church, Tau Beta Sigma,
a lifetime member of Texas State Teachers Association, charter member of
Beta Epsilon Conclave of Kappa Kappa Iota, Retired Teachers Association,
past member of The Modern Motherís Club and Old Timerís of Ector
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, and parents, J.Wiley and
She is survived by her daughter, Jeanie Finn and husband, Paul Dee; son,
Gordon Allbright and wife, Mary, all of Odessa; grandchildren, Jerrod
Finn and wife, Sabrina, of San Angelo, Brad Allbright of Odessa,
Elizabeth Dominguez and husband, Jason, of San Marcus, Mandy Allbright
of Houston and Melissa Finn of Lubbock; great-grandchildren, Ryan,
Jonathan and Victoria Finn, all of San Angelo; sister, Jean Kegans and
husband, Troy, of Arlington; brother-in-law, Joe Allbright and wife,
Francis, of Andrews; sisters-in-law, Polly Allbright of Odessa and Ruth
Allbright of Alpine; and twelve nieces and nephews. Special cousins, L.B.
and Oneta Bitner of Odessa; and special niece, Judy Allbright of Aztec,
N.M. Special family who adopted her as ďGrandma Mary,Ē Rick and
Linda Aneregg and Tyler of Odessa, Emmy Aneregg of Lewisville, and June
and Glenn Finn of Odessa.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, Jerrod Finn and Brad Allbright;
nephews, Joe M. Allbright and James Allbright; friends, Kenneth Huse,
and Leon Rybolt.
The family invites you to share in a celebration of Mary Loveís life
at a graveside service at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 21, 2004, at Sunset
Memorial Gardens followed by a Memorial Service at 10 a.m. at First
United Methodist Church. A time of visitation will follow with the
family in the Church Parlor.
The family suggests memorials be given to the First United Methodist
Church, Parks Methodist Retirement Village, Home Hospice, Alzheimerís
Association or your favorite charity.
Special thanks to Dr. J.B. Naidu, Dr. Madhu and staff, Parks Methodist
Retirement Village, and Home Hospice.
Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.