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Mary Ann St. Mars

April 30, 1943July 23, 2020

Mary Ann St. Mars, 77, of Woodland, peacefully ended her battle with Alzheimer’s at home on July 23, 2020, with her loving family at her side. She was born April 30, 1943, in Yakima, WA. She is survived by her husband Theodore, along with their four children: Theodore St. Mars Jr., Christine King, and John St. Mars, all of Vancouver, and Katherine Stupey of Portland, and a brother, Vincent Keller, of Vancouver. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Amy (Myers) and her father, Vincent John Keller; a sister, Rose Worthington; and brothers Daniel Keller and Patrick Keller. She loved to tell stories about dancing with her father and enjoying her mother’s fantastic cooking. Ted and Mary Ann became high-school sweethearts in 1958 at Yakima Central Catholic High School. They graduated in June 1961 and married 59 years ago, in July, the first couple from their class to marry. As an Air Force wife, Mary Ann lived with her husband and children in many places including Colorado, Idaho, Alaska, Georgia, and England. When Ted retired in 1984, they settled in Portland, then moved to Vancouver, and eventually ended up on the shores of the Lewis River in Woodland. Mary Ann worked in credit unions and retail stores most of her life, most recently as a retail-store manager in Woodland, from which she retired. She brightened the lives of others, friends and strangers alike. Mary Ann spread love and warmth wherever she went, and she has created wonderful memories with her loved ones. During Mary Ann’s illness, Ted attended the Hope Dementia Support Group in Battle Ground, where a program was named for his wife. “Hope,” which provides dolls and lifelike pets to dementia patients and those with certain other medical conditions, named their program, “Mary Ann’s Babies.” These dolls and pets provide comfort, engagement, and improved quality of life. From the moment Mary Ann received her own baby doll, you could see that, although her memory had faded, her love, nurturing, and maternal instinct had not. Mary Ann’s baby added much comfort to her final months. To support this worthwhile program that did so much for Mary Ann, you may make memorial donations to “Mary Ann’s Babies, Hope Support Group,” at HopeDementiaSupport.org/donate/. There is always HOPE.

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Jeff & Mickie Skinner

August 4, 2020

We really enjoyed being Ted & Mary Anns neighbors in Woodland. We shared an interest of setting on the shores of the Lewis River. Ted & Mary Ann had the best view for watching wildlife & the hummingbirds that would come to the feeders Ted put up. Mary Ann loved that.
We feel very blessed to have known her for a time before the memory issues. Even after, she would greet us as if she'd known & loved us for years. Mary Ann had a very sweet soul.
Our thoughts & prayers go out to Ted & the family. May God bless them & comfort them during this diffucult time.

Sandra Meucci

August 4, 2020

I have fond memories of Kathy's mom, seeing her at events and at her home in Woodland where she was gracious and kind. She was deeply loved by her family and it showed. My deep condolences to them during this time.

Roger Slack

August 4, 2020

We want you to know you're in our thoughts and prayers. As I'm writing this, I'm imagining the reunions occurring in Heaven. Thinking back to the days when you and Mary Ann would come over to our parent's house and we'd play for hours. Mary Ann is shining brighter than she was meant to in her eternal home because she is so filled with love and such a pure heart. We hope that thinking on those things will help fill the void left by her trip home. We love you, St Mars family, and are 'virtually' wrapping our arms around you.
Roger and Patty Slack

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