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Mary Ann Bennett Moffett Southerland Waggoner

Mary Ann Bennett Moffett Southerland Waggoner

On January 2, 2019 in Boise, Idaho Mary walked into the arms of Jesus, after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day. She was born to Taylor and Edna Bennett on July 31, 1935 in Newcastle, Indiana. She was the second of four siblings and three stepsiblings. They spent many hours playing in the barn, even throwing corncobs at each other.

Mary met Jack H. Moffett in Newburgh, Indiana and they were married Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1951.Their union produced five daughters. The family moved to the Boise area December 24,1960 for better work prospects. Mary worked many years as a tailor at The Bon Marche. She was very active in her daughters lives: leading Girl Scouts, teaching Sunday School, sewing to provide piano lessons, and cheering them on at sporting events. But most of all she encouraged them to sing together. Mary wasn’t very musical, but she loved to hear her girls sing. She was a member of the First Christian Church for many years.

On February 14, 1976 Mary married Ransom Southerland. Along with the marriage came five stepchildren that Mary embraced. Mary and Ransom worked many years in the Children’s Ministry at Central Assembly of God. They worked together in caring for the elderly at various Assisted Living facilities for a number of years.

After Ransom‘s death, Mary married Willard Waggoner in June of 1994. With this marriage she gained six more stepchildren. For Mary, it was always the more the merrier. She loved to listen to Willard read the Bible in his deep “radio” voice.

It is astounding that Mary outlived all three of her husbands, because of her poor health in her youth they didn’t think she would live past 25.

Mary is survived by her daughters, Annette (Tom) Reese of Seward, AK., Brenda (Kevin) McFarland of Rogers, AR., Jacque (Les) Shrader of Boise, ID., May (Les) Dooley of Rathdrum, ID., Glenda (Scott) Smith of Maryville, MO. Her three siblings, Taylor Bennett, Betty Trout and Gary (Barbara) Bennett are still living.

She had over 100 grandchil­dren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She got to help make a baby quilt for one of her great-great-grandkids.

Mary never met a stranger. She had a great capacity to love anyone and opened her home and arms to all who came along. She was observed to never let a day go by without praising her precious Lord and Savior, Jesus. She is now truly home!

A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel. Viewing will be prior starting at 2 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019 at Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens.
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