Mary Dupree


Mary Dupree, 80, of Waco, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at a local hospital.

Visitation: 6-8 PM, Friday, July 11th at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr, Waco, 76708

Services: 11 AM, Saturday, July 12 at Landmark Baptist Church 3773 Speegleville Rd, Woodway, 76712.

Graveside Services: Pending in Andrews County Cemetery, Andrews, Texas

Mary Elizabeth was born on December 6, 1933, to William Bright and Laura Bell (Crenshaw) Thornhill, in Simms, Texas, where her parents, Ma and Pa, were farmers. She was the seventh of nine children.

Mary asked the Lord to be her savior at an early age, and was a devoted member of Grace Baptist Church and Northcrest Baptist Church in Andrews, Texas. In fact, Mary and her future husband, Archie Dupree, met on the pew of their church in Atlanta, Texas, and were married at the age of 18 on February 23rd, 1952.

At the time of her passing, she was a member of the Landmark Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.  Just like her mother, Mary could not sit idle.  She spent her days helping her sister, Mae Bell, as an upholsterer. Mary was also a talented seamstress, avid crafter, game enthusiast, and loving caretaker to her son, David, until his passing in 2010.

Mary, known more dearly to us as Nanny, loved camping and fishing with her late husband.  She also looked forward to the Thornhill family reunion in Atlanta, Texas, which was one of the highlights of every year.  Nanny loved her family and friends and will be dearly missed.   We look forward to the day when we will all meet our Lord and see our Nanny again.

She was preceeded in death by her beloved husband, Archie Dupree; one son, David Dupree; parents, William and Laura Thornhill; five brothers, Savoy Thornhill, Lee Thornhill, Boyd Thornhill, George Thornhill, and Travis Thornhill; two sisters, Mae Bell Townsend and Patsy Wade.

She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Tubb and husband, Charlie, of Waco; grandson, Zachary Tubb and wife, Suzy, of Grapevine; granddaughter, Marla Tubb of Waco; one great-granddaughter, Cheyenne, of Waco; brother, Jimmy Thornhill and wife, Margaret, of Atlanta, TX; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and dear friends.

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  1. I am so saddened by the news of Mary’s passing. I really enjoyed the times that you brought her along for girls night out. She had a pretty good story to tell about you as a kid. I lost my mother in 1991, the same year I started working for the Post Office. I still miss her every day, but time, and knowing that she no longer struggles, or suffers eases the pain. I love you and your family, Beverly and hope you know that I am praying for all of you.

  2. Dorothy Skidmore

    We were so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was so dear to us. We still have the flower arrangement she gave us when she moved to Waco and the pillow she made for Mom on her 90th birthday. Ours prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  3. Jimmy @margaret

    Sorry that she has gone on to be with all our love, but she won’t be hurting eny more.
    our love to you all.
    jimmy @margaret

  4. Nancy Robinette

    Beverly and Family,
    I feel that I was truly blessed to have met your Mother and then to get to know what a beautiful person inside and out. I had learned from you about how she carried for her family, and then to hear from her how proud she was of you and the accomplishments you had made in your career-she just beamed when she talked about you, Marla, Zack and Cheyenne. We all know that her body is whole with no pain and there is a great reunion in Heaven this year.
    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you as you grieve and celebrate her new life.
    I love you.

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