Mary Holt Hastings
May 23, 1915 – April 26, 2020
Mary Holt Hastings, a much-beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great-aunt and dear friend of many, died on April 26, 2020, from COVID-19, just a month before her 105th birthday. Mary had been a long-time resident of Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford, Massachusetts since 1992.
Born and raised in Buffalo, Mary never lost her love for the town and the nearby Bighorn Mountains. She treasured the many times her family gathered in the mountains over the years, making her last trip there when she was 99 and still able to enjoy short hikes around the family cabin at 8,000 feet.
In past years, Mary’s yearly vacations in Buffalo included visits with her brother, Bob Holt, along with other family members, and picnics at the family cabin. No visit was complete without a walk or two along the Clear Creek path and some time at the swimming pool that her father had helped create many years ago. Favorite drives included through Bighorn and Sheridan, as well as the surrounding area where she could still recall who owned which ranch many years ago. One of her special places to visit was Crazy Woman Canyon; even at age 99, she was able to walk through her favorite sections. The drive back to Buffalo went by the location of the original Klondike School, where her mother had taught in 1900. In town, Mary always made sure to stop by Margo’s Pottery, the Sports Lure, the First Northern Bank, have lunch at the Sagewood, stop by for an ice cream cone and attend a Thursday night jam session at the Occidental Hotel.
Mary was the daughter of Wilbur R. Holt and Mary Given Holt, both early settlers in Buffalo in the late 1800s. Her grandfather, George L. Holt, was one of the founders of the First National Bank of Buffalo (now the First Northern Bank of Buffalo), which several generations of the Holt family have directed and in which Mary took great personal interest.
Mary graduated from Wellesley College in 1937 with a major in economics; in 2017 at the age of 102, she proudly represented her class at her 80th college reunion. Soon after graduation, she married Russell Hastings, a graduate of MIT, who had grown up in Brookline, Massachusetts, but grew to love the Wyoming mountains as much as Mary did. Russ and Mary had a long and happy marriage of 59 years before his death in 1996. They celebrated their 50th anniversary with a weeklong visit to Buffalo shared with many family members.
Mary was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Russell Hastings; and two brothers, Walter and Robert Holt. Left to cherish her memory are two children, Thomas Hastings (wife Bonnie) of Manhattan Beach, California, and daughter Nancy Miles (husband Frank) of Hanover, New Hampshire; grandchildren, Deborah Czech (husband Richard) of Saratoga Springs, New York, Lisa Miles of Portland, Oregon, Jess Munro (husband Bart) of San Jose, California and Rachel Vincent (husband Kyle) of Leander, Texas. Mary also adored her six great-grandchildren: Anna and Joshua Czech, Wils, Quin, and Ziva Munro and Elaine Vincent. Beyond her immediate family, Mary leaves a number of devoted nieces and nephews, including the families of Raymond Holt (wife Ginger) of Buffalo and James Holt (wife Denise) of Ranchester.
Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery in Buffalo at a later date when travel is feasible. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the Amie Holt Care Center, the Johnson County Healthcare Center or the JCHC Foundation, 497 W Lott St., Buffalo, WY, 82834. No local funeral is planned.