April 8, 1922-Dec. 7, 2018
Mary Emma McGee, 96, of La Cañada Flintridge passed away on Dec. 7. Mary Emma had lived in LCF since 1990 with her daughter, Kathleen; son-in-law, David; and grandsons, Andrew and Jason Holmes.
Mary Emma was born on April 8, 1922, in Brandon, Mississippi. She was the youngest child and only daughter of Harvey Hasty Bullock and Mary (Williams) Bullock.
Mary Emma graduated from Brandon High School in 1939. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mary Hardin-Baylor College in 1943. After teaching mathematics for a year, she went on to complete legal studies at the Jackson School of Law. She was admitted to the Mississippi Bar Association on Aug. 21, 1946. She was licensed to practice in all Mississippi state courts and concentrated her practice in Brandon.
Mary Emma’s legal career was cut short when she married Tildon S. McGee on Feb. 1, 1948, and moved to California. Tildon enrolled in graduate studies at USC, and Mary Emma turned her attentions to raising a family.
Mary Emma loved reading, starting with the newspaper each morning. Mysteries, courtroom dramas, romances and historical fiction were all on her extensive reading list. Once she caught on to using a Kindle, she read more than ever. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, eating Southern cuisine and vanilla ice cream, and spending time with family. She was always eager to travel. Even though she hated to fly, she did it anyway and journeyed to many destinations: Ireland, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Canada, Jamaica and throughout the United States.
Mary Emma is survived by her three children: Harvey McGee and his wife, Evie; Kathleen Holmes and her husband, David; Nancy McGee and her husband, Stan; four grandchildren: Andrew Holmes and his wife, Danielle; Jennifer Fields; Jason Holmes; and Jack McGee. She also is survived by two great-grandsons, Dillon and Donovan Holmes, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tildon; her parents; and her brothers: Francis, Hasty and Joe.
A visitation was held on Dec. 15 at Forest Lawn Mortuary, Glendale. On March 27, services were held at Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, Virginia. Interment followed at Arlington National Cemetery, where Mary Emma joined Tildon, a decorated World War II veteran.