MaryJo Craven Hilliard
August 22, 1971 – April 15, 2023
MaryJo Craven Hilliard, 51, of Mechanicsville, VA passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 15, 2023, while surrounded by loved ones.
MaryJo is survived by her daughter, Jamie Hilliard; her son, Joseph Gowen; granddaughters, Baileigh and Remi; brothers Doug (Sheila), Denny, Mike (Joanne), and Barry Craven; sister Cheryl Lacks; and many dear family and friends. She was preceded in death by Stuart Hilliard; daughter Cathryn Franklin; granddaughter Toni Franklin; parents Mary and Joseph Craven; sister Deborah Persinger; and many more loved ones.
MaryJo was known for her radiant smile and willingness to help anyone that she could. She had an enormous heart and loved showing off her children and grandchildren. She took pride in her knowledge of pools & would never turn down the opportunity to embrace you with her hugs.
A time to gather with family and friends will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at Compass Christian Church, 8137 Liberty Circle Mechanicsville, VA 23111, with a service beginning at 4:00 p.m.
MaryJo was a beautiful, bright, kind soul. We did not know her well but enough to know she had an amazing heart and soul and we will miss her bright, smiling face.
She was a great mom and person I loved her so much she gave me a awesome son her smile and humor will be missed Rip my angel
I have known you since grade school although we did not keep in touch through the years. I was so grateful to find you again. May you be at peace with your family. You are a beautiful soul . Peace be to your beautiful family left behind💜
Hearts of gold. You touched so many with your ❤️ and caring soul.
Maryjo was a true spirit! She came into my life when I was just a kid as well as my best friends. She most definitely brightened our world growing up! She taught me how to smile, even though she was hurting on the inside SO badly she simply wanted to make everyone smile! She was such an amazing person who LOVED her family passionately no matter how “crazy” she came off. She also taught me that the world judges people so harshly. May she forever rest in peace. My condolences to everyone who loved Maryjo! ❤️ she will NEVER be forgotten about ❤️
Maryjo was a beautiful bright star that always had a kind word and a smile when ever I saw her! I love ya girl!!!
Maryjo had a heart of gold and I’m so thankful to have had her in my life for as long as I can remember. She will forever be in our hearts and be missed for a lifetime.
I didn’t know Maryjo very long, but she was such a sweet & kind person to me. I wish I could’ve had the opportunity to know her longer. I’d like to extend my deepest sympathy to her family & close friends. Rest in heavenly peace –
Fly high with the angles MaryJo 🕊♥️ 💐
Mary Jo, you will be missed. Rest peacefully sweet woman, fly high
Mary Jo I will miss your smile, our hugs and conversations. You always gave me a big hug whenever we saw each other, you have been reunited in Heaven with your loved ones. I pray that peace is in your heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends, we have all lost a beloved friend.
very shock to hear this about mary jo , i met her a few years ago at riding our motorcycles and going swimming in the river , i knew she was a very nice woman who just wanted to be loved and happy , she face her mountains with every thing she had in her , i pray a lot for her all she wanted in life was to be happy and and have peace , for someone who hunted so much she gave peace and love to all she knew . i hope she is dancing with the angles
I met Mary Jo when I got my pool 17 years ago. I was geen and she was patient and taught me everything I know. She was always ready to help and answer any question no matter how stupid it was. We laughed and kept moving. She was my favorite test analyst. She knew it all. I will definitely miss her smile and laughter. Rest easy my friend!
Well it’s taken me a minute to comprehend all this as we grew up together, laughed, cried, hated and loved the other . You will forever be my best friend my sister my ride or die . We didn’t always agree but we always forgave . Some people didn’t understand us and some thought we were just plain crazy as hell ( they were right) . I watched your kids grow up into the spectacular people they’ve become and that they learned from you. I’ve been there through your ups and downs and I pray that you are finally at peace with everything. I couldn’t be there all the time but you was always in my heart and definitely not far from thought . You impacted my entire life with who you were and for that I love you . I’ll be there for the kids if needed you know that . I’m gonna miss you crazy ass . Love you forever