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HAWKEY, Mary Pat devoted wife of 56 years, mother of three and grandmother of five, passed away on August 27, 2013, at KershawHealth, Camden, S.C. Mary Pat was born on December 17, 1932, in Clovis, New Mexico, to Corrine Woodward Edwards and Keith Wiman Edwards. She was raised in Fort Sumner, N.M., and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1954 where she was a Varsity Cheerleader and member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Mary Pat met Donald Hawkey in August of 1956 and married on June 1, 1957. Mary Pat taught high school for two years then worked in Houston, Texas, for Tennaco Gas Pipeline Company, as administrative trainer. She also modeled professionally for Neiman-Marcus and Sak's Fifth Avenue. A devoted mother, Mary Pat raised her family in towns across America as Don advanced his career with Top Value, Inc. In 1975, Don and Mary Pat settled in Lugoff, S.C., where they opened Farmer Don's Supermarket. Mary Pat worked dutifully a variety of roles in the family business until Farmer Don's was sold in 1984. Mary Pat spent her next 29 years traveling with Don, staying active in the community, tailgating with family members at Gamecock Football games and being a proud grandparent. Mary Pat will be remembered as being full of personality, positive, kind hearted, thoughtful, completely unselfish and incredibly gracious. Mary Pat is survived by her husband of 56 years, Donald Hawkey; daughter, Dawn Hawkey Walker; sons, Blake Edward Hawkey, Brian Keith Hawkey and his wife, Elliott Outlaw Hawkey; grandchildren, Patricia Ann Walker, Caroline Rhett Hawkey, Hayden Ashley Hawkey, Donald Keith Hawkey, and John Ellison Walker. Visitation will be held Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Following the service, the family will lay Mary Pat to rest during a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to KershawHealth Hospice, 124 Battleship Road, Camden, S.C. 29020 or a . Sign the online register at

Published in Dayton Daily News on Aug. 29, 2013
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