Mary Christo Rickard Hoover


Mary Christo Rickard Hoover, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully on May 30, 2019, in Edmond, Okla. She is now with her savior, in a place of solace, alongside the love of her life, her husband, Lawrence Hoover.
Born to Richard Rickard, and Buell Starnes Rickard on June 15, 1929, "Meko" started school in Norman's Crossing, and later graduated from Hutto High School. She attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Mary moved to Houston where she worked for the superintendent of the Houston Independent School District. She and Lawrence married on Dec. 23, 1951, in Hutto. After honeymooning in Monterrey, Mexico, they moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where Lawrence began work as an exploration geologist for Texas Gulf Producing (later Sinclair), and Pontiac Refining Company. Together, Mary and Lawrence founded Guaranty Petroleum Corporation. She and Lawrence were active in the Republican Party throughout their married lives. Mary became chairwoman of the Republican Party in Nueces County, and Lawrence was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 14th Congressional District of Texas in 1962. Mary Christo and Lawrence loved classical music, and were enthusiastic supporters of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. She held the office of Symphony League President in 1984-1985. Together, they supported many community organizations.
Central to Mary's life were faith and family. Three children, Clayton, William, and Kathryn were some of her greatest endeavors. A longtime member of First Christian Church in Corpus Christi, she served in various roles as a leader and a disciple.
Mary Christo is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Sara Ann Pratt; her brother, Robert "Tex" Rickard, and her beloved husband, Lawrence Edward Hoover.
She is survived by her sister, Doris Rickard Tomlin (Walter); three children, Clayton James Hoover (Katherine), William Lawrence Hoover, and Kathryn Hoover Matthews (Barrett); six grandchildren, Christina Hoover Bonner (Richard), Clayton James Hoover Jr. (Jessica), Frances Kathryn Matthews, John William Hoover, Madalyn Elizabeth Hoover, and Lillian Grace Matthews; as well as four great-grandchildren, George Aldo Dyer, Christina Hewitt Bonner, Elam Hawn Hoover, and Richard William Bonner.
Mary Christo will be remembered for her love of our Lord, her family, and her effusive love of the gracious gift of life. Burial will take place in Corpus Christi, Texas. Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at First Christian Church in Corpus Christi with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to First Christian Church of Edmond, P.O. Box 3548, Edmond, OK 73034, First Christian Church of Corpus Christi, Texas, 3401 Santa Fe Street, Corpus Christi, TX. 78411, or the Brite Divinity School in support of the Hoover Family Fund, Texas Christian University, P.O. Box 298130, Fort Worth, TX 76129.
Published on June 3, 2019
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