Mary E. Windholz • August 31, 2021

Mary E. Windholz, 83, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

Mary grew up with three sisters and a brother in Foley, Alabama. In December of 1955, after graduating from Foley High School in June, Mary set out on the adventure of a lifetime! As a Navy wife for over 40 years, she and her late husband, Frank, lived all over the world making memories with dear friends and their children. In 1991 Mary and Frank made Pensacola their permanent home. After retiring from Navy life in 1994, Mary worked several jobs before joining the Baptist Health Care family where she enjoyed working until only a few years ago as a respected and much-loved office manager.

Mary enjoyed walks along the beach, decorated her house with flair especially around the holidays, and loved to entertain family and friends. She was the quintessential Navy wife always making guests feel welcomed and appreciated. According to her children, Mary made the best chocolate pie in the world, as well as many other family favorite (and often requested) pies and cakes.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Capt. Francis L. Windholz, USN, MSC (Ret); her sister, Ruth Daniels (Virgil), and her parents.

Mary is survived by her children Judi Hurston (August), Michael Windholz, and Mark Windholz; siblings James Johnson, Ann Tolbert and Gwen Thomas. She is also survived by her grandchildren Katy Hurston, and Brianna and Michael Windholz, Jr., as well as many other loved relatives, nieces, nephews, and dear friends around the world.

A visitation will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens on Monday, September 13, 2021 from 11am until the service begins at 1130. A procession to Barrancas National Cemetery will follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Rainbow Omega in Memory of Mary Windholz by mail to Rainbow Omega, Inc. at P.O. Box 740, Eastaboga, AL 36260 or online at

  1. Goldie Dinkel says:

    RIP Mary! 💜 Sympathy to the family!
    Love, The Sisters

  2. Debbie Miles says:

    Such a sweet, sweet lady and a very good friend! Will miss you my friend Mary! My prayers go out to the family.

  3. Gwen Thomas says:

    I love you my Sister.

  4. Barbara Edenfield says:

    With your loss Mary the world looses a beautiful ray of sunshine dear friend. May you rest in peace, and your family be able to find comfort.

  5. Ursula Ganato says:

    RIP My sweet friend. I love you.

  6. Patti (Miller) Williams & Christine (Miller) Day says:

    What a gracious lady and wonderful neighbor and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. Laura Darling says:

    What can I say about Mary ? What a strong, gentle and kind woman you were. Always so thoughtful and nurturing of the people around you. It’s been my honor to be your friend and stylist all these years. Thank you for sharing your life stories and adventures when we got together. You made me feel like I was part of your family too. I know you’re happy to be reunited with the love of your life.

  8. Lori D Hayter says:

    Love you my Aunt Mary!

  9. Kim Reck says:

    Thinking of you and your family at this very sad time.

  10. Judi, I am so very sorry for your loss. I only met your Mom a couple of times but she was always so welcoming and friendly. You and your family are always in my prayers but are even more so now. Try to think of all the happy memories and good times you had and know your Mom is at peace.

  11. Bayani Topacio’ says:

    My sincerest condolences to Judi, her family and friends. I never had the honor of meeting Judi’s mother, but Judi herself is a shining and loving example of her mother’s life.

  12. Sandra Campbell says:

    Judi, I have great sadness about your loss, dear friend. May your fond memories ease your grief. I never had the opportunity to meet your mother, but she has raised a kind, thoughtful and loving daughter. May she Rest In Peace.

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