March 16, 2021
Mary Ann Cole ended a truly faithful life in this world and passed into the arms of her Savior on March 11, 2021, at Trinity Healthcare. In heaven, she joins her parents, Dave and Ila Moore; her husband, Bennie; her brothers, JT and Charles Moore; and her sister, Rama Roberts. There will be a graveside service at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 11:00 AM with Bro. Earl McAnally officiating and Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing. A visitation will follow the service. Mary Ann was born Mary Ann Moore in 1933, in the Flint Hill Community near Caledonia, Mississippi. Raised in a loving home, she graduated from Caledonia School in 1950 and moved to Columbus. It was there that she married her husband, Bennie, in 1954. They were married 55 years before his untimely death in 2009. She worked a variety of jobs before bringing into the world her children, Vickie (Fred) Keogh, currently of Ft. Atkinson, WI and David (Gina) Cole, currently of Starkville, MS. She both worked and stayed at home with her children until finding her life’s calling – working with children. She and her partner, Dot Vaughn, taught a generation of children at Knee High School, where she was known as Miss Mary Ann. After closing Knee High, she taught another generation of children at Sale Elementary School, where she was known as Mrs. Cole. Before moving to Trinity Healthcare, she was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where she participated in Sunday School, Bible Study, United Methodist Women, and other ministries. Mary Ann leaves behind her two children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, who know her affectionately as Mamaw, as well as ten nieces and nephews whom she also loved dearly. She also leaves behind a life of faithfulness, of love, of compassion, and of service. The family wishes to thank the staff of Trinity Healthcare for excellent, compassionate care of our mother and Mamaw during these last three years. Out of respect for the family, friends are asked to wear masks. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you remember Mary Ann with a gift in her memory to Loaves and Fishes, P.O. Box 441, Columbus, MS 39703. Lowndes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.