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HABERECHT, Mary Olwen Williams

Mary Olwen Williams Haberecht, 97, passed away in Whittier surrounded by family. Mary was born in Columbus Ohio on May 14, 1920 to Thomas Ambrose Williams and Margaret Anne (Morgan) Williams. Mary was married to William "Bill" Frederick Haberecht on October 3rd, 1943 in Orlando, Florida, where Bill was stationed as a Captain in the Army Air Corps, during WWII. Together they had four children: William Michael "Mike" born in 1944, Barbara Anne in in 1945, David Thomas in 1948, and Frederick Harland in 1954.

Mary was an active woman and approached life with a positive attitude. She was a social being that cared not only about the lives of her children and families, but also the extended families of her many friends. She loved life: she was very proud of her family, being Welsh, growing up in the shadow of The Ohio State University and being a resident of Whittier.

One, of four children, her early years were surrounded by friends and family in Columbus Ohio. Once Mary made a friend, she kept them for life and she never met a stranger without extracting their full life story. She attended Indianola Junior High School (the first Junior High School in the US), North High School, and The Ohio State University. After living in four states, Mary and Bill moved to Whittier in 1959, and found a piece of paradise in their Whittier home. She biked 1,000 miles a year into her late 70's and walked 5 miles a day well into her 80's. When not biking or walking, she was tending her garden or sewing outfits for family. As a volunteer, she worked 37 years for Tele-Care, a daily well-check service provided by Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. She was a member of the East Whittier Woman's' Club, and the Dirt Gardeners of Whittier. Mary loved to travel. After Bill's retirement, Bill and Mary had many memorable trips across the United States together. Mary enjoyed a trip of a lifetime to Wales, with her daughter, Barbara.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill Haberecht and eldest son Mike Haberecht. Mary is survived by daughter Barbara Haberecht; son David Haberecht; son Fred Haberecht (Becky) and their children Hannah Haberecht, William F. Haberecht II, and grandson Morgan Worth (Gwen) - son of Mike Haberecht.

A memorial service will be held at East Whittier Presbyterian Church, 14061 Second Street, Whittier, California 90605, March 3rd at 3:00 pm, with a reception to follow.
Published in Whittier Daily News on Feb. 27, 2018
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