Mary Beth Gorman, NEE Hebison, went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 8, 2021.
Mary was born on May 15, 1940 in Portales, New Mexico to Charlie Jack and Zelta Mae Hebison. The family moved around during her formative years but eventually settled in Morgan Hill, Ca. Mary met the love of her life, Fred Gorman, at a picnic when she was 16. Fred joined the Navy and was stationed in Kingsville, Texas, when he proposed marriage. She said yes and they were married on October 3, 1957.
Mary and Fred lived in Texas until Fred was transferred to Hawai’i. While in Hawai’i they were blessed with their first-born son, Robert Joel. Once Fred left the Navy, they settled in the bay area of California where they were blessed with two more children, Tommy Curtis and Beth Ann.
While Mary had not finished high school, she went back and received her diploma in 1975. Mary continued her education at the local community college and took secretarial classes. She worked for the San Jose School District as a substitute secretary until the family moved to Idaho in 1978.
Mary worked on and off at various jobs. One of her favorites was as a volunteer secretary and bookkeeper at the First Southern Baptist Church in Caldwell where she and Fred attended for many years. Mary was a faithful Christian whose faith never wavered. She was a positive influence to many, especially her children and grandchildren. She never had a bad word to say about anyone and was encouraging and uplifting to all.
Mary’s heart was full when her family would visit. She was a talented artist, although she was uncertain of her own gifts. Her home was always immaculately clean and she kept her garden well-tended. Mary quite contrary would have been envious of the result of her hard work. She and Fred would spend many hours sitting in the backyard basking in the beauty. She loved watching the robins swoop in during the spring. It was almost as if her detailed labor was in preparation for the birds that would delight them by making a home in their yard. Mary will never be forgotten as she embedded her smile, soft words, kindness, and kisses in our hearts forever.
Mary is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Fred Gorman, her three children, Robert (Laura), Tom, and Beth (Randy), seven grandchildren, Vanessa Hirt (Jonathan), Brittany Smith, Beau Grant (McKenna), Lisa Gonzalez (Carlos), Denna Avila, Christina Siegrist (Jesse), Eric Avila (Wes). She is also survived by her sister, Sandra Wilson (MZ), and two of her brothers, Charlie Hebison (Dusty), and Kent Hebison (Debbie), and numerous great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents Jack and Zelta Hebison, her sisters, Billie Hebison and Dorothy Sparks and her little brother
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 18, 2021 at the Montana Avenue Baptist Church in Caldwell. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Dakan Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be private. Condolences may be shared with the family and full obituaries may be read at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com. 208-459-3629
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