Mrs. Mary Jane Culton

May 22, 1930February 7, 2021

Mary Jane Culton, age 90, of Fort Worth, Texas, with her loving family by her side, went to be with her Lord and Savior, February 7, 2021, following a brief illness.

Born to Homer and Julia (Deen) Strong, in Paducah, KY, on May 22, 1930. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many.

Mary was a cheerleader at TCU where she graduated and received a Bachelor of Science in Child Development.

She was married to Elvis “Rusty” Culton on December 20, 1952 at Kennedale Methodist Church, and they were married for 58 years. They met on a blind double date (they were NOT each other’s date). Her biggest accomplishment was raising 4 boys in 4 years and all 4 boys receiving their Eagle Scouts, and all were College graduates. She was also their Den mother of their Boy Scout troops for many years. She was a member of both, Kennedale United Methodist Church and Everman United Methodist Church. She had a passion for her loving family and traveling. Mary loved life and the many adventures it had to offer. Mary and Rusty lived in Germany for 4 years and traveled to many other surrounding countries including her favorite Denmark and Scandinavian countries. Always planning the next adventure, she travelled to all 50 states, many countries, Caribbean Islands and cruised many oceans, making lifelong friends along the way, she never met a stranger.

She loved playing dominoes and cards, as she did for date night, every Friday night for many years with their best friends. She was legendary for her storytelling and loved telling jokes. She captivated crowds with jaw dropping one liners and gut busting laughter. She was a very spiritual person and heavily relied on her faith throughout life. They owned and operated both a Dairy Farm and later a Hay farm that they worked as a family for many years. She was also a dog lover and raised many Heelers. Mary’s Grandfather was the first President of Ozark Bible College, now known as Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Elvis “Rusty” Culton, sons Michael Elvis Culton and Nolan Christopher Culton.

Left to cherish her memory, her amazing sons, Dennis Culton, wife Melinda, Terry Culton, wife Katherine, Becky Culton, Widow of her son Nolan Christopher Culton. Grandchildren Don Culton, Annalisa Culton, James Culton, wife Olivia of El Paso, TX, Denise Koen, husband Rollin Koen, Jason Culton, Daniel Culton, Kati Culton, Kailey Culton, Kelsey Culton, David Culton. Great Grandchildren, Brianna Culton, Seth Culton, Emma Culton, all of Arlington and Jaden Culton and Caleb Culton of El Paso, TX. Loving extended family, Erin Demers, Dylan Rendon and Tyler Villanueva. Her sister Martha Isena, Sarasota FL and her brother John Strong, wife Patricia Strong, of Weatherford, TX as well as many well-loved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the many caregivers and Good Samaritan Society Hospice for the love and care of their beloved Mary and allowed her to be able to live at home her entire life.

Memorials are suggested to be made to Philmont Scout Ranch BSA, 16 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714


  • Visitation

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Mrs. Mary Jane Culton

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Ann McCollum

February 20, 2021

Aunt Mary, my mother's younger sister, was a memorable presence in my early childhood. As a teen, I spent the spring/summer of 1964 with Mary, Rusty, and the boys at their farm in Texas. I remember our camping trip to Yellowstone (and the bear outside our cabin!), peeling & canning bushels of peaches, working in the vegetable garden, chasing the boys inside during a frightful hailstorm, riding "my" Indian pony Ladybug and the birth of her foal, Tex, which I was allowed to name, and especially my one & only cattle roundup.
Mary had a lasting, positive influence on my troubled teenage years. Although circumstance and distance separated us after that magical summer, Aunt Mary will always remain a bright, shining memory in my heart.

Billy, David & Diane Key

February 20, 2021

Mary was a very sweet and kind lady. Lived behind us for quite a few years. Prayers and peace to her family.

Dave Burke

February 17, 2021

Mary was my favorite aunt. She and Rusty would always connect with me ,Steve ,Ann, or her sister, Martha, when in. D. C. area or vacationing in Sarasota, Florida. Will always remember her sweet smile and the love that she had for her family. Rest in peace .