Mary Ann Ferrara

March 18, 1935December 23, 2020

In the early hours of December 23rd, Mary Ann Ferrara, nee Brahm slipped peacefully into the arms of the Lord.

Born in1935, she attended St. Mary Magdalene Grade School and was a 1953 graduate of St. Joseph Academy High School. Mary Ann was awarded an academic scholarship to Fontbonne College. She taught art at Fontbonne, the Bayless School District and St. Anthony's High School. She also volunteered teaching art classes when her children attended Mehlville and Webster Groves Schools. Her artistic talents will be remembered by many who admired her flair for the design and creativity.

She met the love of her life Paul Ferrara while on a blind date when both were in college. They married in June1959 and raised 5 children. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Paul; her children, Nick (Nancy) Ferrara, Lisa (Tim) Summers, Thomas Ferrara, Marissa(Russ) Scott, her grandchildren, Michael and Jack Ferrara, Tim Summers Jr, Jacqueline (Andrew) Stromberg, MD, Noah and Benjamin Scott as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, sister in-law, Carol Ferrara and countless friends, including members of Mark's Community. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Lilly Brahm, nee Boka, her first born son, Mark A. Ferrara, in-laws, Bartolo and Josephine Ferrara, and her brother in-law, Frank Ferrara.

Mary Ann had a heart for the oppressed and indigent and volunteered her time, talents, and treasure to the poor and homeless. Her greatest joy was her family especially her grandchildren, acting as matriarch over her family

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, a private funeral Mass for immediate family only will be celebrated with a Memorial Mass to be celebrated at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Assisi House, PO box 300112, St. Louis, MO 63130-0112. Please see the link below to contribute.

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Teresa Dennison

January 3, 2021

I am sorry to hear of the passing of our friend Mary Ann. She is in the hands of our father now. No more pain and suffering. We cleaned for Paul and Mary Ann for awhile and they were such a lovely couple. Once Mary Ann became ill Paul was so gentle and caring for Mary Ann. I saw Paul take such pride in preparing her meals for her and watching over her. Truly an amazing couple. She will be missed.

Jim, Teresa, James and April
and the Dust-B-Gone Crew

Cheri Ekey

January 2, 2021

Mary was a wonderful neighbor and a dear friend. She had a warm smile, a gentle manner and a heart of compassion for others.
We have happy memories of the Ferrara family on Algonquin Place where we raised our families together. Now Mary Ann is truly home with our Heavenly Father, reunited with Mark and other
loved ones.
With love,
Cheri and Jerry

Colleen Christy Nentwig

December 31, 2020

I grow up across the street from the Ferrara’s. Mrs. Ferrara was the kindest, gentlest, most beautiful soul. May she Rest In Peace.

Marmot Snetsinger

December 31, 2020

Mary (Mrs. Ferrara as I knew her) was so much more than just a neighbor when I was growing up. She provided warmth and comfort , snacks and hospitality, sage advice and sometimes a dash of discipline as I was growing up next door. She was someone who always had faith in me, which was such a gift. Her warmth and caring will always live in my heart as it does I'm sure in her family that survives her. Prayers and peace for her passing.

Larry O’Leary

December 31, 2020

Mary was always interested in what was going on In my life over the decades I knew her and Paul.

I also remember on one specific occasion when a mutual friend had a hyper critical and inappropriate reaction to something I said, Mary responded with a very strong criticism of his behavior.