Maria Hunt Hancock passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Payson after a four-year battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 1 o’clock this afternoon (May 30) at the Payson Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 913 S. Ponderosa St. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interment will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, May 31, at the Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.
She was born in Provo, Utah, on March 19, 1969, to Dennis and Linda Hunt. When she was 5 years old, her family moved to Northern Arizona, where she grew up on her grandparents’ dairy farm and was the oldest of eight children.
Maria attended and graduated as salutatorian of her class from Joseph City High School, where she participated in many extracurricular activities, was a member of the National Honor Society and was a state representative at the National 4-H Club Congress.
Her passion of caring for others led her to pursue a career in nursing. She worked at the Winslow and Payson hospitals as a Med/Surg nurse, OB nurse, and as an infection control and quality measures specialist. She was a dedicated caregiver who loved living in a small town, and enjoyed watching the babies she helped deliver grow up. Maria shared her love of nursing with her sweetheart, John Hancock, and their experiences brought them closer together.
Maria was generous with her time and energy as she served in her church and community. She loved working with the youth and held numerous callings for the LDS church. She worked tirelessly to organize blood drives, Relay for Life teams and a Climb to Conquer Cancer team.
She loved flowers, cupcakes, road trips, shopping, photography, calligraphy, scrapbooking, classic cars and car shows. Her favorite car was her own red Ford Mustang convertible.
She was a devoted wife and mother who loved to spend time with her family. Maria’s extended family enjoyed the family gatherings held in her home. She was proud of all of her children, and loved attending music and dance recitals, and sporting events. She was proud to be a “missionary mom” to Elder Ian Bloomfield, who is currently serving in the Washington Everett Mission.
Survivors include her husband, John Hancock; their children, Aubrey Hancock, Bobby Hancock, Ian Bloomfield, Katie Hancock, Braden Hancock, Claire Hancock and Chloe Hancock; six grandchildren; her parents, Dennis and Linda Hunt; and six siblings, Duane Hunt, Allyson Hunt, Maren Hunt, Paul Hunt, Kirsten Rosser and John Hunt.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Celia Turley.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and www.brightpink.org.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.