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On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, Mary Alice Hatty (née FitzGibbon), mother to four very funny children, grandmother to seven adoring grandchildren, sister to five siblings, aunt to eleven nieces and nephews, and friend to many, passed away at the young age of 66.
Born on March 16, 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri to Elizabeth (née Hill) and James FitzGibbon, Mary was well suited for her role of eldest sibling, which served her well as she was the family historian, photographer, list-maker, and organizer of everything. Even her lists had lists. To be honest, we are surprised she didn’t leave a list for her own obituary, and detailed instructions as to who and what to mention.
Mary loved (not comprehensive and in no particular order) her kids, her grandkids and great nieces and nephews, pictures, being correct, penguins, fountain Coca-Cola (preferably from McDonald’s), playing Bingo with her Mom, gossip, writing her own poetry and stories, geese in the kitchen, listening to music (with a soft spot for Johnny Mathis), her Dad’s handwriting, keeping impeccable records, Friday night phone calls with her sisters, Bye Bye Birdie, a well-timed greeting card, a quick wit, and her swimming pool.
She prided herself on remembering the little things that made a difference and what a big difference it made.
Mary was preceded in death by her father, James, and her mother, Elizabeth, as well as her brothers James FitzGibbon and Patrick FitzGibbon. She is survived by her four children, Audra (Bradley) Frick, Jennifer (Bryan) Brake, Lauren Hatty, and Robert (Kristin) Hatty 3rd, none of whom are really pleased with her for taking this leave. She is also survived by her two sisters, Elizabeth (Kenneth) Phillips and Kathleen Hitchell, her brother Robert FitzGibbon, and sister-in-law Cindy FitzGibbon. Mary was famous for her role as Grandma. She leaves behind seven grandchildren, Jackson, Gillian, Abigail, Adrienne, Harper, Eleanor, and Robert, each of whom love her fiercely.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Fey Funeral Home, 4100 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63129, with a brief program of remarks and remembrances at 6:30 p.m.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank, The League of Women Voters, or the St. Louis Zoo.
St. Louis Area Diaper Bank
6141 Etzel Avenue, St. Louis MO 63133
League of Women Voters
PO Box 96837, Washington DC 20090
The St. Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive, St. Louis MO 63110