Mary Louise Newhook • August 7, 2017
Mary Louise (Scheel) Newhook was born in 1932 in Pensacola, Florida. She was the daughter of Frank William Scheel and Martha Jane (Cherry) Scheel. She was the third of four children, with brother Frank “Frankie” and sisters Marie and Annette.
Mary is survived by her two daughters and their husbands – Susan & Larry Calhoun and Karen & Jim Stevens; one grandson – David Stevens; her two sisters – Marie Grantham and Annette Hall; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary grew up in Florida, Missouri, and Tennessee and graduated from Pensacola High School in 1950. She married Harold Newhook in 1953. They had two daughters and lived in the Pensacola area. They were divorced in 1980.
After her divorce, Mary worked as a live-in nanny for the Williams family in Gulf Breeze, taking care of their two children for over a decade. Mary then lived with Susan and Larry in Pensacola until her death.
Mary enjoyed reading, especially books by Grace Livingston Hill, working cryptogram puzzles, doll collecting, and sewing. In fact, many zoos could be created from all of the different animals that Mary handcrafted over the years. She custom made animals by modifying existing patterns and creating her own unique patterns.
Mary was a member of the Pensacola Doll Club and enjoyed going to local and national meetings of the United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC). Her specialties were Raggedy Ann & Andy rag dolls and custom handmade doll clothes.
Susan and Karen remember Mary taking them to church every Sunday when they were girls and teaching children’s bible classes. A shy introvert, in her later years, Mary enjoyed reading her bible daily and listening to preachers on TV.
The family will receive friends for visitation at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home from 10:00-11:00am Saturday, August 19th with memorial service to follow at 11:00am.