Mary Jo Hlavacheck


(January 25, 2002)

Mary Jo Hlavacheck died at the Powell Nursing Home Friday, Jan. 25 on the day of her 63rd birthday.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home, followed by burial next to her parents in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from noon until 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

She was born in Cody on Jan. 25, 1939, daughter of Henry J. and Maudie M. Hlavacheck. She attended Powell High School where she excelled in sewing, winning many 4-H awards. She became involved in the theatre and started designing costumes for many of the plays.

She attended Northwest Community College for two years and then graduated with honors from the University of Wyoming. She taught school for two years in Olathe, Colo., and then started a master's degree program at the University of Colorado in 1963, designing costumes for a production of Shakespeare's Macbeth for her degree.

She married Gary McNulty in 1970 and moved to his ranch near Glenwood Springs, Colo. She became, like her father, an avid and meticulous gardener.

She gave birth to two babies, both of whom died within minutes of birth. She named the babies Ethelred and Galadriel from the novel, Lord of the Rings, one of her lifetime passions.

After her divorce, she moved to Glenwood Springs and worked as the manager of advertising at the Glenwood Post. She is remembered by co-workers for her many awards and her ability to read a book a day.

In failing health following surgery to remove a brain tumor, she moved back to Ralston to live with her mother until entering the Powell Nursing Home where she spent the remainder of her life.

She is remembered by friends and family as a gentle soul who lived much in spite of a difficult life. She touched many people who will remember her as the joyful and fun-loving center of her circle of friends.

Survivors include aunts Betty Shellady of Enid, Okla., and Anna Belle Adams of Houston, Texas; and cousins Carolyn Schumacher of Cheyenne and Charles Sigler of Columbia Falls, Texas.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Powell Nursing Home. Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.