Mary Frances (Mars) Mckinney


Services will be held at 11:30 AM Thursday at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Mary Frances (Mars) McKinney, 88, of Houston, TX, formerly of Hattiesburg, MS.
She passed away very peacefully on Friday, April 21, 2017 in her own home with her sister and children by her side.
Interment will be in Highland Cemetery.
Born on February 8, 1929, she was the first child born to Mary Ruth Saunders (Mars) (Russell) and Francis Louis Mars, Jr. Born in Philadelphia, she soon moved to her beloved Hattiesburg and spent her childhood and young adulthood there. She loved Hattiesburg!! In 1947 she graduated from Hattiesburg High School and spent one year at USM. Then she married Truel Grey McKinney in 1949, moved to Houston and had three much loved children: George Louis, Sharon Ann, and Truel Grey Jr.
She began her working career at a swanky Houston department store, Battelsteins. Since she was working in the Men's Clothing Dept., it was an especially fun job, which she enjoyed more than any she had thereafter. Later, in order to work her way up the ladder she moved to Holland Mortgage Co., Rice University Library, and finally she retired at 62 from Chevron. Because of her love of people she enjoyed all her jobs.
She was predeceased by both her husband "Mac" and her first son George.
She is survived by a son, Truel Grey Jr. and a daughter, Sharon reside in Houston, TX; her beloved sister, Lynn Russell Chiche and husband, Dr. Gerald Chiche of New Orleans, LA who was born 19 years after her.  She also has cousins and best friends in Hattiesburg, Quitman, Bay St. Louis and Memphis.
Mary Frances was greatly loved, loved greatly and will be missed by all who knew her.
A visitation will be conducted at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home, 205 Bay Street, Hattiesburg on Thursday, April 27, beginning at 10 AM.