Mary Phillips Hadfield passed away at her home near Tomball on November 26, 2013, with her family present. She was 83.
Mary was born September 26, 1930, in Hancock, Michigan, but grew up as a Texan in Waco. After graduating from Baylor University, she moved to Houston in 1954.
In 1958 she met the man who would become her best friend, her husband, and her business partner. Bud Hadfield sold a Dale Carnegie course to the fetching redhead, and wed her in 1960. Theirs would be an enduring friendship for 50 years until his death in 2011.
Bud often said Mary was the brains in the family, and she proved to be an able partner in Bud's business ventures. In 1967, they launched Kwik Kopy Corporation, a pioneer in the quick printing franchise world. Mary proposed the name and design for "Kwik Kopy," which Bud dismissed as "corny." Today that name, with the original design, bought for $7.50, is known around the world, and is under the expansive umbrella of ICED, Inc.
Mary loved the business that she and Bud built together, and she served as event planner, magazine editor, interior decorator, and gracious hostess. At her death, Mary was president of ICED.
While Bud filled the company offices with images of eagles, Mary's passion was anything Snoopy, as evidenced by her Snoopy-themed office décor. She and Bud visited with Snoopy creator Charles Schulz in his California studio, and Mary treasured her signed cartoons.
Mary was predeceased by her husband, Bud Hadfield, in 2011, and her son, James "Jim" Hadfield, in 2013. Left to cherish their memories are daughter Katherine Hadfield Denison and her husband, Pat, daughter-in-law Linda Hadfield; grandchildren Shay, Tate, and Reding Denison; Katelund "Katie" and Travis Hadfield; and nephew, Rick Hadfield and his family. Members of the ICED family around the globe who Mary welcomed into her company and her home also mourn her passing.