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Mary Ann Gosney

September 25, 1942May 13, 2019

Mary Ann Gosney (76) of Lucas, Texas passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 after a nine month battle with lymphoma. Born Mary Ann Farrington on September 25, 1942 to Mary Exum Farrington and Ramond Deny Farrington in Salisbury, North Carolina, she attended Dukeville Elementary School in the Trading Ford Community, Spencer High School and North Rowan High School, graduating in 1960. She was a member of the FHA (Future Homemakers of America), 4H, and the National Honor Society. She graduated from Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now UNC Greensboro) in 1964 with a BS degree in History. She was a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. She married William Milton Gosney on August 9, 1964; moving to Berkeley, California, and then to Texas in 1969. Daughter Amber Farrington Gosney was born July 24, 1977, and daughter Raven Lea Gosney was born May 3, 1982. Mary Ann was a force of nature: she will be remembered for her high spirit, quick wit, generosity, and progressive politics. For many, she was the friend you called when you needed advice, or just to laugh; you always felt better after a conversation with her. She rarely met a stranger, and she seemed to have far more than two children, at least in spirit. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Ramona Hugh Wilson. She is survived by her husband and daughters, and by her many, many close friends in Texas, North Carolina, California, Canada, and the United Kingdom who will miss her greatly. Services were held at 3 PM Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225. A graveside service will be held at 11 AM, Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, 3263 Long Ferry Road, Salisbury, NC 28146, with a reception to follow at Bethel United Methodist Church, 2380 Long Ferry Road. The family thanks her primary care physician Dr. Steven Leach, her oncologist Dr. Praveen Ramakrishnan, and all of the staff and care givers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center including the Simmons Cancer Center, the Bone Marrow Clinic, the Oncology Clinic, and the William T. Clements Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant and Medical Intensive Care floors during her treatment. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Southwestern Medical Foundation, 3889 Maple Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75219 or online at https://swmedical.org/makeagift in honor of Dr. Steven Leach or Dr. Praveen Ramakrishnan at UT Southwestern Medical Center.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, May 23, 2019


Mary Ann Gosney

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Joyce Gilmore

May 21, 2019

I am shocked and sorry to hear of Mary Anne’s passing. She was such a special friend to me and Bob and all the fun times we shared. She will be missed

Diana (Gilmore) Albers

May 21, 2019

I’m so sad to hear of Mary Anne’s passing. My memories of her are her hospitality and fun times we had the gilmores gosmeys and brundrettes. Amber was in my sisters wedding as her flower girl. Milts old pick up truck he took us for a ride in so may times, and just remembering her laughter at my dads jokes and seeing my parents and then just giggling and having a good time. She was a living mother to those girls! Heaven gained a wonderful angel.

Larry and Linda Sutton

May 19, 2019

We are overwhelmed with grief and send our deepest sympathies to Milt, Amber and Raven.
Mary Ann's generous heart pulled us into her family and we took her, Milt, Amber & Raven into ours.
We could not love the Gosney’s more if in fact we were family. I for one always felt that Mary Ann was my sister that I just met later in life.
Mary Ann made sure that we were active in ESD activities (all of us including Alta & Howard) . Senior Year she needed someone to play an Indian Chief to her Indian Maiden for the Thanksgiving lunch the parents provided for the Seniors; she asked Dad. I believe they had more fun than the students. There was an actual canoe involved & I have pictures to prove it. For Senior all night party she somehow convinced Larry that it would be fun & not really all night…he fell for it & to this day he happily grouses that only Mary Ann could have gotten him to herd 90 teenagers all night long while getting bitten by every mosquito in Texas.
For 17 seasons together with Mary Ann and Milt, we burned up & froze to death watching the SMU Mustangs play football – keeping the 10 best seats in the stadium – all due to Mary Ann’s gentle persuasion at the Athletic Ticket Office. For 17 years we joined the most wonderful group of people – all pulled together by Mary Ann to attend the SMU Symphony evenings with dinner. At first they were strangers, now they are dear to us – all because of Mary Ann.
She ,Milt, Amber & Raven celebrated wonderful times with us - birthdays, holidays, Sam's & Jennier's wedding, the birth of our GrandTwins, Sophia & Roger. And they have been with us in sad times too - the deaths of Alta & Howard who were self-appointed Granny and PaPa to Amber & Raven. How they loved Mary Ann's & Milt's girls.
We gained a loving family & friends we never expected, & had experiences that wouldn't have occurred.
I believe that Mary Ann will stay with us in our hearts always. Love, The Sutton Family

Betsy Arumi

May 17, 2019

To say good-bye to a dear friend of more than 50 years leaves me full of thoughts and memories of Mary Ann, so full of spirit, wit, intellect and above all, love, compassion and generosity.
Until we meet again...

Lynn Brantley

May 16, 2019

Mary Ann blessed so many people with her love and kindness! Hoping that you'll find comfort in your memories of her and in the knowledge that others are missing her too! I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Always sending comforting hugs and much love! I am sorry for your loss!

Sara Robertson

May 16, 2019

This is such a great loss to me and my children and grandaughters. Will add more later.