Mary Lucille (Dillard) Henzel was born December 16, 1934 in Merrill, Oregon, the first daughter of her parents Uel and Wilma (Dawson) Dillard. She passed away March 29, 2019 during a brief stay at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. She was 84.
Mary was a long-time resident of Southern Oregon. Born in Merrill, Oregon, she was raised on her parent’s farm, the Dillard Ranch, along with her two sisters, Dorothy (Dottie) and Mona. She attended first and second grade at Merrill Elementary, then Henley schools from third grade through 12th . Upon graduation from Henley High School in 1953, she moved to Corvallis, Oregon to study for her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a math, science
and music minor at Oregon State College (Oregon State University).
While attending OSC, she met her husband, Stuart Lee Henzel, another Klamath County resident. They dated during college and married on June 24, 1956, at her family church, Mt. Laki Presbyterian, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Their fi rst home was in Corvallis, Oregon, where they fi nished college.
Upon graduation in 1958 with their bachelor’s degrees, Mary and Stuart moved to the family cattle ranch in Klamath Falls, Oregon. There, they raised their four sons. In 1981, they moved to their ranch in Holdenville, Oklahoma, and in 1998, they moved to their ranch in Oberlin, Kansas.
She is survived by three sons, Jim Henzel (Connie), of Pahrump, NV, Barron Henzel (Tom Fitzpatrick), of San Diego, CA, and Richard Henzel (Pamela Newby), of St. Petersburg,
FL; sister and brother-in-law, Mona and Gordon Zumwalt, of Minden, NV; grandson, Jacob Henzel (Ali), of Sapulpa, OK; in addition to many other family members and countless friends.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband Stuart Henzel, son Clint Henzel, sister Dorothy (Dottie) Manz and her parents Uel and Wilma Dillard.
Donations can be made to the Oberlin Arts and Humanities Commission in her name:
Oberlin Arts and Humanities Commission
512 N. Penn Avenue
Oberlin, KS 67749
A celebration of life ceremony will be held at the Oberlin Evangelical Covenant Church on Saturday, May 4 at 11am. A luncheon reception will be held afterward in the church fellowship hall.