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Maria Halula

Maria Regina Halula (Kemper)

Monday, October 9th, 1922 - Saturday, September 26th, 2020
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Maria Regina Kemper Halula passed away peacefully on Saturday, September, 26, 2020. She was 97 years old and just a couple of weeks shy of her 98th birthday. Maria lived a full and faithful life. She was born in Montreal, Canada. She grew up in Bermuda and was the daughter of Alphonse Kemper and Jeltje Reitsma Kemper. She attended Mount Saint Agnes Academy and told wonderful stories about her childhood. She attended college at UCLA, majoring in Interior Design. She moved to Miami where she married and had 6 wonderful children. She is preceded in death by both of her parents, her brother Joe Kemper, Jim, her husband of 57 years and a daughter Rita Ann.

She is survived by 5 children Jim Halula (Lori) of Flat Rock, NC, Bob Halula (Sharon) of Boca Raton, FL, John Halula (Nancy) of Key Biscayne, FL, Steve Halula (Kathy) of Raleigh, NC, Maria McMahon (Talani) of Jacksonville Beach, FL, 12 grandchildren: Brian (Rachel), Jennifer, Andrew, Lauren, Jamie, Dan, Ben, Jackie, Rachel, Chris, Brendan (Blair) and Liam and 4 great grandchildren, Eva, Alexa, Kaitlyn and Connor. She lived in Mars Hill, NC for the last 40+ years and was a parishioner of St. Andrews Catholic Church. She loved her family, gardening, knitting, and lived her faith every day.

A private funeral mass will be held at 11:00am Saturday, October 10, 2020 at St. Andrews Catholic Church, Brook St. Mars Hill. Father Fred Werth, Jr. will officiate the service. Burial will follow in the Mars Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrews Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1406, Mars Hill, NC 28754.

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  • Private Funeral Mass

    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church
    149 Brook Street
    Mars Hil, NC 28754
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    Father Fred M. Werth, Jr.
  • Interment

    Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
    73 Cemetery Drive
    Mars Hill, NC 28754
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Amelia M. Ballard

Posted at 12:45pm
Steven, Maria, I am so sorry to hear about losing your mother. My family and I knew her from a very long time ago. She, and family,would frequent the restaurant where we worked. It was C&D restaurant. Your parents both were such wonderful people and had a positive impact on our lives. Many condolences to you and all of your family.
Amelia M. Ballard


Deborah M Yelton

Posted at 10:34am
Jim, my condolences on the loss of your Mother. Sounds like she was an amazing lady who lived a beautiful life!

Deborah M. Yelton

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