Mary J. Hynes

July 12, 2020
Mary J. Hynes

Mary J. Hynes, 72, passed away on July 12, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph T. Houseman and Rose Mary (Papp) Houseman. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Robert Hynes, their son Christopher R. Hynes and his partner Lucy Ryan of Beaverton, Oregon, and their daughter Katharine (Hynes) Crevier and son-in-law Paul Crevier of New York, New York.

Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Mary grew up in Metuchen, New Jersey, where she attended Saint Francis Grammar School and Metuchen High School. Having visited friends in Lynchburg, Virginia, while in high school, she fell in love with the area and decided to attend Randolph-Macon Women’s College. From then on, she considered herself a Virginian. Blessed with a keen sense of style and elegance, she transferred to Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, graduated with honors, and joined the sales force of Saks Fifth Avenue. Due to her knowledge and determination, she rose to the level of Manager of the children’s boutique Salon des Petites where she acted as personal shopper for some of their most important clients.

After marrying Robert, her childhood sweetheart, Mary decided that being a stay-at-home Mom was her true calling. Moving to the Princeton area to raise their children, she postponed her plans of returning to Virginia. Mary was best known for the kindness she showed to her family and friends, whether it was driving Chris and his classmates to academic competitions, attending every one of Katie’s orchestra concerts, or offering help to friends near and far.

Five years ago, with their children settled in rewarding careers in computer science and television, she and Robert moved to Williamsburg, Virginia. She felt that she was finally home.

To keep all of Mary’s family and friends safe and healthy, a memorial will be held next year. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation would be appreciated.


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  • July 18, 2020
    Naomi Godfrey says:
    Dear Robert, Chris and Katie, I'm Naomi, who lived across the street from you on Piedmont Drive. (I still live here.) I'm so very sorry to learn of the loss of Mary. I think of her often and what a lovely neighbor she was. Please except my deepest condolences. Sincerely, Naomi Godfrey

  • July 18, 2020
    Connie Butler says:
    Dear Bob. I was so sadden to hear of Mary's passing. My heart was broken.What a wonderful person to have met. Her sweet spirit and Beautiful soul connected immediately. I felt the love she had within her.Thank you Mary for your friendship. I will miss you!! Condolences To You & Your Family

  • July 19, 2020
    MaryLou Moczynski lit a candle:
    Lit since July 19, 2020 at 7:31:59 AM

  • July 19, 2020
    Deborah Richardson says:
    Sending Prayers to you and your family .

  • July 19, 2020
    Lisa Heck says:
    Bob and family thank you so much for sharing Mary with us. My heart goes out to all of you.