Mary Cox Huntington

July 24, 1924 – September 13, 2018

Mary Cox Huntington had 94 years of a vibrant life, lived graciously with love and joy. She passed away in Santa Barbara where she recently had moved from Pacific Palisades. She was surrounded by family when her death came two days after suffering a stroke.

Mary grew up in New York City, spending her summers visiting Syracuse, which she called the “Aunt Farm” because so many of her aunts lived there.

After graduating high school, she moved with her family to Los Angeles, where her father continued as an executive with Fox West Coast Theatres.

Mary’s next four years were a highlight, when she made many lifelong friends at UCLA. A dear Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sister, Margaret Wells Gayton, introduced her to her cousin, Hugh “Mike” Huntington, Jr.

Mary and Mike married just months later. With early stops in Cheviot Hills and Brentwood, by the mid-1960s they made Pacific Palisades their longtime home. Their marriage lasted 60 years until his passing in 2006.

Along with being a loving and busy wife to Mike and mother to their four children, Mary is remembered as a “second mom” to many.

She had a successful real estate career. She was an avid reader and a great cook and hostess. She loved listening to Frank Sinatra. She enjoyed playing bridge with friends at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Mike, and by her parents, Jesse (née Love) and Henry Cox, and her brother, James. She is survived by her children, Daniel (Rosalie), Thomas (Shelly Guyer), Katherine Frawley (Joseph) and James (Joyce), nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She also leaves nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. All loved her and were loved by her.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Kappa Kappa Gamma/Rose McGill Grants.