Mary’s life began on August 7, 1925, the daughter of Clark and Gertrude (Hoff) Bogard in Haines City, Florida. When Mary was six months old the family moved to El Dorado where she was raised and graduated from El Dorado High School Class of 1942. She married James W. Gann on May 2, 1945, in El Dorado. She worked as a riveter for Boeing during WWII and was an official member of the American Rosie the Riveter Association. She moved to Pratt for seventeen years and attended First Baptist Church in Pratt, Kansas. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Traveling was a favorite pastime, she enjoyed nature and fishing with her husband, but most of all enjoyed being with family – especially the grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.
Her loving family includes her son and his wife, Danny and Tammy Gann of West Lynn, Oregon; daughter and her husband, Cindy and David Autry of Udall, Kansas; grandchildren, Megan (Dean) Ballew, Will Gann, Jennifer (Jarred) Whitley, James “Jake” Autry; great-grandchildren, Gracie Ballew, Hayden, Briar, and Avery Whitley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1990; and a sister, Helen Balunsat. Mary passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, February 18, 2019, having reached the age of 93 years old.
Her family will gather with friends on Monday, February 25, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with her funeral service following at 10:30 a.m. both in the Carlson Colonial Chapel. Mary will be laid to rest in Belle Vista Cemetery in El Dorado.
Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to El Dorado Animal Shelter, 222 East Locust, El Dorado, Kansas 67042. Please sign her online guest book and leave a memory of Mary at www.kirbymorris.com
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