Mary Lilyan Hinkle, 98, of Kingsland, passed away February 4, 2015 at her residence.
Mary Lilyan was born May 9, 1916 in Irvine, Kentucky to a Railroad administrator/Musician father and a homemaker mother. She had one sister, Agnes who was a couple of years younger. Very bright and excelled in school graduating from H.S. at age 16. Attended and graduated from Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College (now Eastern Ky. University) where she majored in Elementary Ed. and played in the band (Saxophone) and sang in the Madrigals. While there, she met and later married the basketball star Woody Hinkle. They had planned to teach school together but fate intervened and Woody and his brother J.T. bought a drugstore in the college town in Richmond, KY. Woody and Mary Lil decided to go to pharmacy school and in Dec. 1942 they both graduated with pharmacy degrees from Purdue University. They returned to Richmond and stayed in the drug store business until they retired in the 1970s. Mary Lilyan was the first female pharmacist in Madison County. In June 1943 the Hinkle’s were blessed with twin daughters, Marsha and Carol. They were a big surprise since only one heartbeat was ever heard during her pregnancy. Mary Lil was active in music all her life singing in the Christian Church Choir and attending meetings of the music club, the Cecelian Club where she was a charter member and officer. She also made sure her daughters and their classmates received a good music education and founded the Saturday Melody Club which she sponsored for many years. She also encouraged her daughters love of music and made sure they had music lessons. Marsha took violin lessons and Carol the piano. Mary Lil also made sure the girls always sang in the church choir. Later in life, Mary Lilyan was asked to be the sponsor for the Music Sorority at the University, a role she took very seriously, and made lots of the girls her priority for several years. There is a music scholarship established in Mary Lilyans name at the University.
She is survived by twin daughters Marsha Sherman (Larry whom she depended on in so many ways) of Kingsland and Carol Becker of Moorehead, KY. She has three grandsons, Stanford Robinson (Trina), Marsh Robinson (Monika) and Michael Becker, and granddaughter, Rebecca Benton (Shane). She also has two adopted children George and Jane Powell, and 9 great grandchildren.
Mary Lilyan and Woody bought a condo in Ft. Myers, Fl. and would spend there winter months there. When Woody died in 1992, Mary Lilyan moved to Fort Myers permanently but continued to visit her daughters in Kentucky. In Fort Myers, she made many friends and was an excellent bridge player. She played bridge 5 or 6 times a week in her spare time and loved going to parties and the dinner theatre. She was loved by all her friends and was blessed by having so many people who cared about her. She had always been a giving person, the first one there in a crisis, offering her support. She was intelligent and kept up with current events. She was a dyed in the wool Republican and felt strongly about her beliefs. A wonderful mother and grandmother who always remembered birthdays and important events. She was a marvelous cook and all of her friends love being invited to her condo for dinner. Unfortunately, Mary Lilyan had suffered with Scoliosis all her life but she never complained. She was a remarkable woman who amazed her doctors and friends with her ability to keep on going. She said the worst part of getting old was losing friends and family and she had lost many. She says she was ready to die anytime the good Lord wants her. It is a wonderful thing to be 98 years old and have few regrets about her life. Mary Lil was a very special woman and I hope all can age with much grace and dignity as she had. She was recently visited by one of her daughter’s classmates and he told her friends that she was the reason he could enjoy classical music to this day. He said she had a tremendous influence on his life. I believe that all kids that grew up in that time could say the same thing. The truth is that anyone who has known and love d Mary Lilyan has been blessed with her knowledge, her wit and her strength. In 2013 she left Ft. Myers and moved to Kingsland, GA. She resided with her daughter, Marsha. She still has a sharp mind and played cards every Friday. All of Marsha’s friends have come to know and love her. She was an adopted “mom” for all the women that played cards and won almost every time. Mary Lilyan has lived a full life and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 11 am, from the Kingsland First United Methodist Church with Pastor Chip Strickland officiating. The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Hinkle be made to the Woody and Mary L. Hinkle Music Scholarship Fund, EKU Foundation, CPO 19 A EKU, 521 Lancaster, Richmond, KY 40475.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.