Mary Hughleen McKenzie Gross, 86, died January 30, 2019 in Sherman. She was born June 10, 1932 to Hughie Judson McKenzie and Johnsie Isabel Maner in Rockingham, North Carolina, where she was raised. She married the love of her life, Sidney Lon Gross, December 26, 1954. After initially making their home in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the couple settled in Richardson in 1969 and became devoted members of Waterview Church of Christ.
Hughleen went to Rockingham High School where she was a majorette and later attended Wingate Junior College. She was a devoted wife to Sid and mother to their two daughters while working at various jobs. She also served several years with the Plano Junior League where she helped with coat drives and various other fundraising for local schools. “Mom” loved her family, friends, LOA group, visiting Myrtle Beach with family and, most importantly, her Christ Savior.
Hughleen was a loving grandma and great-grandma who always played music, sang or told jokes. Later in life she and Sid even kept one of their great-grandsons one day a week during the first year of his life. She was youthful and sprite into her later years, finding joy and happiness in her pets as well. The dogs never missed a meal.
Hughleen was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Lon Gross; parents, Hughie and Johnsie McKenzie; and siblings Patricia McKenzie Boone and husband, Kenneth, Geraldine McKenzie Peoples and William McKenzie.
She is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Kacvinsky and husband, Tim of Trophy Club and Melissa (Lisa) Zadow and husband, Doug of Melissa; granddaughters, Sydney Williams and husband, Joe Ryan of Aledo, and their children, Judson, Bishop, Rowan and Hogan, Shelby Guthrie and her husband, Aaron of Argyle, and their children, Reid and Rhett and Skyler Zadow of Melissa; grandson, Peyton Kacvinsky of Justin; brothers, Mike McKenzie and wife, Brenda of Rockingham and Keith McKenzie and wife, Donna of Rockingham; sister-in-law, Peggy McKenzie of Rockingham; brother-in-law, Buddy Peoples of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. February 8 at Restland Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 13005 Greenville Avenue, at Restland Road, Dallas. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. February 9 at First Baptist Church, 2101 E. Melissa Road, Melissa.
Burial will follow at Melissa Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Robert and Willora Oglesby Foundation.