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Mary Ann Nolker, 83, of Lawson, passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 at her home in Lawson.
Mary Ann was born March 22, 1930, in Kansas City, Kan. to James Raymond and Flossie Alice (Kincaid) Basham. She was married to Walter Kenneth Nolker of Lawson, Dec. 26, 1949 at the Baptist Parsonage in Richmond. He preceded her in death Jan. 7, 2004.
Mary Ann was raised in the Ray County area and attended high school in Lawson. She graduated with the class of 1949. She became a member of the Union Christian Union Church of Lawson in 1956 and served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Sunday School for 36 years, Church Librarian for 36 years, and as Sunday School Teacher along with other leadership areas of the Church. In addition, she also served on the Christian Union Missouri State Council Macedonian Education Board for 34 years and as Secretary Treasurer along with other committees. Mary Ann served as Community Leader of the Union 4-H Club and as a Project Leader. She was PTA President of Knoxville Grade School, Vice President and Secretary of the Ray County Council of PTA and active in Lawson PTA. She was a member of the Allen-Morton-Watkins Chapter of DAR in Richmond. She and her husband received a Master Farm Award in 1972 from the Agri-Business Council of the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce. In 1980 they also received a County Farm Management Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and the University of Missouri Extension Division.
Mary Ann will be remembered by her many friends and loved ones. She was known for hugs and kisses and also for her wonderful pies. She was a homemaker who took great pride in the care of her family. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very important to her
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth Allen and Sandra Nolker, of Richmond; James Gordon and Nancy Ann Nolker of Lawson and grandchildren Matthew Nolker, Brent Nolker, Derrick Nolker and Tiffany Schaffer; step-grandchildren, Scott Gibson, Stacy Nolker, Kerri Keeler and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters; Ramona A. Maidment and Ella L. Schwarz.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Union Christian Union Church or the to the Union Cemetery of Lawson.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Union Christian Union Church, Lawson. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the Union Christian Union Church, Lawson.
Arrangements by Polley Funeral Home, Lawson. www.polleyfuneralhome.com