WARREN - The world lost a great lady on Jan. 1, 2013, when Mary Alice Timmins, 93, entered into eternal life.
Mary Alice was born Aug. 10, 1919, in Warren, the only daughter of John N. and Mabel Heltzel, founders of Heltzel Steel Co. in Warren.
Mary Alice attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Warren and graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1937. She received a bachelor of arts in art education from St. Mary's College of Notre Dame, where the stained glass windows she created still adorn the Notre Dame Chapel.
Upon graduation, she went on to teach art at Warren G. Harding High School.
Mary Alice married her husband, Dr. William J. ''Doc'' Timmins, co-founder of Warren General Hospital, on Sept. 7, 1946. Together they had eight children.
Mary Alice is survived by eight children, Mairi (John) Bramblett of Waterbury, Vt., Peigi Tracey of Warren, William (Sue) Timmins of Union Hall, Va., Brian Timmins of Geneva-on-the-Lake, John (Barb) Timmins of Warren, Elizabeth (Nick) Paul of Valparaiso, Ind., Ann (Jay) Postel of Pittsford, N.Y., and Bridget (Mark) Paul of Warren. She is survived by 24 grandchildren, John Bramblett, Brian (Amy) Bramblett, Meghan Bramblett, Christian (Maureen) Tracey, Shawn (Tracy) Tracey, Garrett Tracey, Landon (Corey) Tracey, Morgan Tracey, Sara Elizabeth Timmins, Jane Timmins, Margaret (Bob) Bedilion, Jack Timmins, Katie (Patrick) Timmins Woodside, Michalene (Matt) Sennet, Natalie (Tom) Mroz, Alexis (Nick) Rice, Nicholas (Anna) Paul, Joseph Paul, John Joseph Postel, Mary Alice Postel, Lizzy Postel, Christinia (Mark) Gargas, Mark Paul and Matthew Paul. She is survived by 19 great-grandchildren, Aidan and Connor Bramblett, Cormac and Mallory Tracey, Keegan and Ainsley Tracey, Landon, Mia and Ella Sennet, Evan, Garrett, Grace, Reagan, Avery and Mac Mroz, Rex and Sebastian Rice, and Frank and Vincent Gargas.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Dr. William J. ''Doc'' Timmins; son, Thomas, brothers Paul, Johnny, Bob and Carl Heltzel; her parents; and four grandchildren, Matthew and Christopher Bramblett, and Sarajane and William Timmins.
Mary Alice was a loving, caring, generous spirit who loved God, her family and her country. She totally embraced life, which was evident through her many and varied interests and activities.
She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and was active in both St. James and St. Mary's Churches Altar and Rosary Societies.
She was a Red Cross Nurses' Aid at St. Joseph Hospital and a Red Cross Donor Corps driver during World War II. She was also a supporter and contributor to the St. Joseph Development Foundation, and donated the funds in honor of her husband for the Water Garden, which is part of the Healing Garden at St. Joseph Health Center.
She was an active member of The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), where she joined at age 16 as the youngest member, and died as the oldest member; the Upton Historical Society; Sierra Club; National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon; Catholic Daughters; and an ardent supporter of the Right to Life Organization.
For all who knew Mary Alice, she will be remembered for her unwavering faith in God, and her kind, caring, thoughtful and loving nature. She was always able to find a positive thing to say about people. Her number one priority and pleasure was her family. She enjoyed and cherished all the time she spent with them.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Peter Rossi and Son Memorial Chapel on North Road in Warren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St Mary's Catholic Church in Warren, with the Rev. Bernard Schmalzried and the Rev. James Walker officiating.
Memorial Contributions can be made to The Healing Garden at St. Joseph Health Center, c/o Administrator, 667 Eastland S.E., Warren, OH 44484.