Martin Funeral Home
Mary Ellen Hibler
(August 19, 1921 - July 27, 2013)
Funeral services for Mary Ellen (Flick) Hibler will be conducted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. from the Hammon A.G. Creach Auditorium with Rev. David Flick officiating. Interment will follow at the Red Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Martin Funeral Home.
Mary Ellen (Flick) Hibler, born August 19, 1921 passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on July 27, 2013. Mary was born at home to Howard Elmer and Ola May (Linville) Flick, graduated Hammon High School in 1938, graduated Oklahoma A & M in 1944 with a degree in Home Economics and received a Master of Education from Southwestern State College in 1969. Howard and Ola had a farm on the Washita River where Mary and her brothers were raised. They rode horses three miles to attend school at Hammon. She married William Claire Hibler on November 18, 1942 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. Mary was a Navy wife during WWII and worked in the Charleston, South Carolina shipyard.
Mary’s mother, Ola, insisted that she receive a college education which was very uncommon for a woman in those days. Mary became a professional woman with a full time teaching career, pursuing a Master’s Degree, and at the same time raising a family. Such a path is common today, but was rare in those times. She instilled that same drive for learning in her family as there are teachers, businessmen, businesswomen, military officers, pilots, doctors, lawyers, architects, veterinarians, artists and oilmen among her children and grandchildren.
Mary taught school at Hammon for 31 years and had a profound influence on the lives of over 800 students. During that time she was Mrs. Hibler to her students, Mom to her children and Grammy to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Hammon for over 70 years and was a devoted Christian. She supported her school and community. She was a member of the Red Moon Culture Club, Fantasy Garden Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Oklahoma Education Association and the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association. She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Elmer Flick.
Mary loved life and enjoyed traveling with William in their Mini-Wini, and later in their fifth wheel trailer. She also loved to paint and her hobby room exhibited her talents. Each of the grandchildren have memories of painting with Grammy and taking home some genuine works of art. Her paintings grace each of her family’s homes and many others in the community. Other interests included love of music, singing, sewing, and crocheting. Mary is survived by her husband of 70 years William Claire Hibler. Children: Donna Claire D’Achille and husband Dominick, Hammon, OK; Robert Lynn Hibler and wife Kim, San Diego, California; Dennis Ray Hibler and wife Jeanne, Park City, Utah. Brothers: John Flick and wife Loy of Hammon; Oscar Flick and wife Sue of Hammon. Grandchildren: Dana Lynn Kubat and husband Kevin, Okeene, Oklahoma; Dominick (Nick) Paul D’Achille and wife Catina, Edmond, Oklahoma; Hailey Ricks Hibler, San Francisco, California; Jacob Benton Hibler and wife Sarah, Los Angeles, California; Jillian Noelle Burchette and husband Dominic, Park City, Utah; Tamara Leigh Kemp and husband Travis, Seattle, Washingtion; and Lisa Nicole Hibler, Chicago, Illinois. Great-grandchildren Ashley Clair and Amanda Jane Cole; Isabella Claire, Dillon Todd and Brady James D’Achille; Ivey Rose and Thomas Ray Burchett, and more nieces, nephews and cousins than you can count. Mary was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great-aunt, teacher and friend.
The family requests donations be made to the Mary E. Hibler Scholarship Fund established at the Security State Bank of Hammon. Other donations may be made to the United Methodist Church of Hammon or the Hammon Senior Citizens Center.