MESA — Mariam Joyce Hekking, 87, died peacefully on May 13, 2020, in Mason, Ohio.
Mrs. Hekking was born on March 12, 1933, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She, her brother and sister were raised by her young widowed mother, Mildred Jane Kirby, in Portland, Oregon. After graduating high school, she moved to Salt Lake City to be near extended family members and start a career. She utilized her strong organizational skills to become a successful legal secretary. She soon met and married Adrian Hekking and they began their life together, which included living across the United States and abroad in Germany and Morocco. They raised four boys, and for many months on end, she embraced the task of managing the family while her husband fulfilled assignments abroad as an Army officer.
Upon his retirement from the military they settled in Arizona, where she resumed her career as a legal secretary until her retirement from Stanfield, McCarville, Coxon, Cole & Fitzgibbons in Casa Grande. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many areas of her church community culminating in a mission with her husband in Guatemala. Her interests included travel, reading, sewing, genealogy including a focus on her Mormon pioneer ancestry and, in her later years, going on daily rides with her grandchildren.
Survivors include a brother and sister, Kerm Kirby and Carolyn Johnson of Portland; three sons, Greg of Chandler, Michael of New Paltz, New York, and Neil of Mason; and 15 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years and a son, David.
Family graveside service on Friday, May 22, at Mesa Cemetery.
Bunkers Garden Chapel in charge of arrangements.