OBITUARY

Mary Joy St. John

July 20, 1992November 10, 2018

Mary St. John July 20, 1992 – November 10, 2018

Mary St. John was born in Mission, Texas, on July 20, 1992, the youngest of four children (and the only daughter!) to Anthony and Kimberly Mallette. They moved as a family to Crockett, Texas, in 1999. Mary professed faith in Christ and was baptized in Crockett when she was 12 years old.

Until their marriage in 2010, Mary and Elijah had lived within two (2) miles of each other most of their lives, and they went to the same church all of their lives!

Having been homeschooled, Mary graduated from high school in 2010, the same year that she and Elijah were married in Bryan, Texas. Elijah and Mary lived in Bryan until 2013, when they moved to Temple, Texas. Elijah and Mary joined Killeen Bible Church in December 2013, and they have been in happy fellowship there ever since.

God has blessed Mary and Elijah richly in their marriage, with Mary giving birth to two wonderful little girls—Bethany in 2011 in Bryan, and then Penelope in 2015 in Temple. Bethany, now seven (7), is currently enrolled as a student at the Central Texas Christian School in Temple, Texas.

As do many young housewives, Mary enjoyed reading and sewing, and then later, baking and scrapbooking. Mary had a profound, warm love for others, especially children—showing extreme compassion and generous, sacrificial care for those in need throughout her short life. She was particularly caring for her own two children, lavishing on them big-handedness normally reserved for grandparenting!

At the same time, she also enjoyed shooting her 9mm Walther CCP, and in 2013 she earned her concealed handgun license at age 21, the earliest civilians can get one in the State of Texas!

Despite her own chronic pain, Mary valiantly stood alongside her husband this summer as they started their own physical therapy clinic in Temple. She worked with Elijah through many long hours to get the business ready to launch. The clinic had its grand opening on October 1, 2018, only a month before Mary fell ill with what turned out to be a terminal liver failure. Just six (6) days after hospital admission, on November 10, 2018, at the age of 26, Mary peacefully passed into the presence of our Lord at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas, in the company of her family.

Mary is survived by her husband, Elijah, and their two daughters, Bethany and Penelope; Mary’s parents, Anthony and Kimberly Mallette of Crockett, Texas; and her brothers and their wives—Nathanael and Andrea Mallette of Tennessee, Bartholomew and Sharon Mallette of Crockett, Texas, and Obadiah and Sarah Mallette of Crockett, Texas.

Mary will be sorely missed by her husband and children, by her extended family and friends, and by her church, all of whom are trusting God for what lies ahead for the family. We believe in the statement that Abraham so aptly framed as a question in Genesis: “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25)

  • FAMILY

  • Elijah St. John, Husband
  • Bethany St. John, Daughter
  • Penelope St. John, Daughter
  • Kimberly Mallette, Mother
  • Anthony Mallette, Father
  • Nathanel and wife Andrea Mallette, Brother
  • Bartholomew and wife Sharon Mallette, Brother
  • Obadiah and wife Sarah Mallette, Brother

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 17, 2018
REMEMBERING

Mary Joy St. John

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Dwaina Coens

November 17, 2018

May God’s grace and blessings surround you in this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

Kathy Riccaboni

November 14, 2018

Dear Elijah, Bethany, and Penelope

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your precious wife and sweet mother.
May you find comfort and peace knowing so many people care for you.

Devon and Donnie's Aunt Kathy

Katherine Kerbow

November 14, 2018

My words could never convey the sorrow I have for you and your babies! My prayer is you find comfort in knowing she’s with her Savior! My heart hurts for her dear Mother and Dad, I pray they find comfort in the same! Know people care for you all. Much Love! 💗

Biography

While it is possible to receive good counsel from a wide circle of family and friends, few could do it with the skill and aptitude of Mary Joy St. John. She had a true talent for helping others reach their full potential and brought out the best in those who sought her help. Mary was a forward-looking woman whose personality was filled with empathy toward everyone she met. She could be quiet and reserved, but her style of communication was authentic and direct. An excellent communicator, Mary was a master at using imagery when she explained her ideas and concepts. She seemed to have an endless supply of innovative concepts and strategies for how to help those around her. Her sensitivity, kindness and generous attitude made her a wonderful friend for all who knew her.

      From the time she was born on July 20, 1992, Mary showed a deep concern for others. She was a giving and caring individual, ethical and full of integrity and warmth. Mary came into this world at Mission Hospital in Mission, Texas. Her parents were Anthony and Kimberly. Mary was raised in Crockett, Texas.

      Because fellowship was so important to her, Mary promoted harmony with her siblings. She was raised with three siblings. She had three brothers: Nathanael, Bart, and Obadiah. Mary was something of the family diplomat. She helped to settle problems and conflicts and kept the family running smoothly.

      As a young girl, Mary interacted well with other children. She was helpful. She was an independent person who had a vivid imagination. Mary had a number of interests in her youth. She was an active child. Mary took part in kickball. In her spare time she liked to read, sew, and play with her puppies. Mary's memorable achievements included being an outstanding mother and sharing her story with anyone who needed to hear it.

      A good student who was enthusiastic about learning, Mary was considered by many to be a high achiever. She graduated from homeschool in 2010. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite courses and teachers. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. McBride. She finished high school after she married.

      Able to maintain a positive focus on the potential good to be found in others, Mary was always ready with solid advice and guidance to offer her group of friends. She was generally friendly to all who knew her, yet to some she seemed quite independent. For those who really knew Mary, they recognized that she could be full of surprises. Mary enjoyed a small but solid group of true friends. She would willingly support those friends when they needed it. Because of her ability to read people, she had an uncanny knack for knowing when a friend needed help. While growing up, some of her best friends were Sharon Angerstine, Sarah Angerstine, and Helen Petal. Later in life, she became friends with Liz Williamson, Moriah Greer, and Jessica.

      Mary was romantic, even poetic at times. She was completely devoted to family and friends, able to show her emotions without going overboard about it. On May 27, 2010 Mary exchanged wedding vows with Elijah St. John at Calvary Baptist Church of Bryan, Texas.

      All who knew her would agree that there was a certain kind of magic in how Mary was able to bond with her children. While she could be a firm disciplinarian, she could also fill the role of being a collaborator with her kids. Mary was always a mentor who helped her family reach its full potential. Mary was blessed with two children, two daughters, Bethany age 7 and Penelope age 3.

        As an imaginative and inventive person, Mary was comfortable showing her creative spirit. She enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Once Mary took on a new project, she saw it through to its completion. Her favorite pursuits were scrapbooking, baking, and shooting. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Mary was one who put forth her best effort in every aspect of her life, and that carried over to her participation in sports as well. Her sense of diligence inspired others and in turn drew best efforts from her teammates. In high school, Mary played a kickball game on the weekends. Mary was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity.

      Mary's attitude of working to make every day better was a way of life for her. It was a philosophy that she carried into her community activities and service. Serving on committees for the women's ministry at Killeen Bible Church.

      Mary was a woman with clear convictions and high principles, and her faith was important to her. She was an inspiration to many people who recognized her sense of commitment and esteem for others. She was a member of Killeen Bible Church for 5 years. During that time, she was active in women's ministry and childcare.

      Mary possessed strong skills in long-range planning and project completion, a quality that positively influenced her travel and vacation planning. Favorite vacations included Mexico, Colorado, and Florida.

      Mary was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Mary's favorites was a Husky, Abby. They were best friends for 7 years.

      Mary passed away on November 10, 2018 at Baylor Scott & White. Acute liver failure. She is survived by her children, Bethany and Penelope ;her husband Elijah; her brothers and parents. Services were held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Temple, Texas. Mary was laid to rest in North Belton Cemetery.

      Though she could be a private person at times, Mary was always able and willing to give of herself. She was so in tune with others that she often seemed able to read their minds. Mary carried with her an almost mystical sense of life. She was a person who was highly original in her thinking and used metaphors and symbols to describe many aspects of her life. A poetic, intuitive “teacher”, Mary Joy St. John shared herself freely and family and friends will remember Mary for the strength of her convictions.