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Mary Jo Hynden

July 7, 2010
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Mary Jo (Keller) Hynden, a resident of Fort Myers, died on June 28, 2010, surrounded by her loving family at Health Park Medical Center in Fort Myers. She was 78.

Mary Jo was born on Dec. 12, 1931 in Mason, Ohio.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Miami University (Ohio) in 1953, and she was studying for her Masters degree in English at Indiana University when she met James R. Hynden, who was also in graduate school there. They married on June 18, 1955, in Richmond, Ind. and spent the next 55 years together as best friends.

Mary Jo and Jim resided in Louisville, Ky. for 18 years prior to retiring to Southwest Florida in 1982. They lived for seven years in Old Naples, then moved to Sanibel Island, where they made their home for 15 years, before moving to Gulf Harbour in Fort Myers in 2004.

Mary Jo was an avid reader and loved discussing books at book clubs in both Sanibel and Fort Myers.  She was active in the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, and she volunteered regularly at the Health Park Medical Center and at the South Fort Myers Food Pantry.  She was a great bridge player and kept physically active with water aerobics and tennis. Travel was another one of Mary Jo’s special interests, and she enjoyed exchanging homes with European families on a  number of occasions.

Mary Jo is survived by her husband, Jim; two sons, Douglas Hynden (Melanie) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Eric Hynden (Sherri) of Fort Myers; one daughter, Amy Hynden Lyons (Shawn) of Danville, Ky.; and eight grandchildren, who were Mary Jo’s pride and joy.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 12 at 11 a.m. at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957 with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to Habitat for Humanity or the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Fort Myers or to a charity of ones own choice.


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