Mary Loretta Byerly Hecht, 86, died March 24, 2006, in Dallas.
She was born in Sanoval, Ill., on April 21, 1919, to Leslie Owen Byerly and Hazel Marguerite Taylor. The family moved to McAllen, Texas, where she spent her early childhood with her father’s family. When she was 3, her mother died, and her father later married Marguerite Elizabeth Hetrick Johnson. He was a preacher who formed a band or orchestra at each church, and she learned to play the trumpet and violin.
After graduating from high school in Borger, she earned a bachelor’s degree from West Texas State Teachers College in Canyon. She taught second grade, and worked at Fort Sam Houston during World War II. When her father became ill, she moved with her parents to Clovis, where she resumed teaching and later worked for the Sante Fe Railroad and the Fred Harvey House. She married Harold Hecht, a farmer, of Clovis on Oct. 26, 1947.
Family members said she was devoted to her family and was faithful to her church. She taught Sunday School for girls in the primary grades.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her brother, Richard Byerly; three sons, Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Rev. Homer W. Hecht (and wife, Charlene) and Karl E. Hecht (Candace); a daughter, Helon Hecht; five grandchildren, Jonathan, Joshua, Stephen Blake, Catherine Webb and Emily Edwards; four great-grandchildren, Claire Emery and Adam Carter Edwards, and Marlie Grace and Nolan Wesley Blake; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Ron Key, Cornerstone Christian Church senior minister, will officiate services.
Burial will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Mission Garden of Memories in Clovis.
The family suggests memorials to the First Christian Church, P.O Box 8, Liberty, KY 42539.
Arrangements are by Rhoton Funeral Home, Carrollton, Texas.