Marie B. Heacock, 89, formerly of Falls Church, Va., and Fort Myers, Fla., died peacefully May 9, 2011, at Loyalton of Hagerstown, Md.
Born Feb. 28, 1922, in Sleepy Eye, Minn., she was one of 12 children born to the late Peter and Mary Baltes.
Cape Coral, Fla., and Helenette (Odilia) Baltes, Order of Saint Bernadette, of St. Cloud, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother of six and great-grandmother of four.
Marie had a passion for cooking, entertaining and serving others. During retirement, she enjoyed working with the James. E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society and traveling the world with her husband, George.
She was aide to five U.S. congressmen on Capitol Hill. At her retirement in 1984, U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton stated on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives: “Marie has brought her own special brand of sunshine to Capitol Hill for the past 15 years. We will surely miss her, but our lives are brighter because she has passed our way.”
Her interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
A memorial service will be held at the Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene, 141 North Edgewood Drive, Hagerstown, on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown MD 21742.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, Md.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com.