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Mary Frances McKay

October 7, 1930December 15, 2020

Longtime Ashdown resident, Mary Frances McKay, 90, died on Tuesday, December 15th, after a short battle with kidney disease. Mary was born in Winnsboro, Louisiana in 1930. She grew up in Camden, Arkansas and graduated from Arkansas State Teachers College where she met and married Pat McKay in 1951. Mary had two sons, Mike and Mark. She began a forty-year teaching career in Arkansas public schools in Clarendon. She taught middle school art and English in Ashdown for 20 years, retiring in 1993. Additionally, she taught continuing education for 30 years. She is preceded in death by her father, William Welch and mother, Lester Welch. Survivors include Mike McKay, granddaughter Anne McKay and great grand daughter Charlotte. Additional survivors are Mark McKay and granddaughter Annabeth McKay. Other family members include a niece Teresa Firman, nephew Jimmy Welch and Elizabeth McKay. Mary was active in the First United Methodist Church, P.E.O., Delta Kappa Gamma, LRC Retired Teachers, LRC Arts Council, LRC Historical Society and Two Rivers Museum all in Ashdown. Being an artist defined Mary. She was a prolific painter with more than 60 oil paintings in her lifetime. The paintings depicted places she traveled and beauty she beheld. Additionally, she made ceramics, macramé and needlepoint. Mary traveled extensively, including Australia, France, Germany, Scotland, Italy, Tahiti, Hawaii, Anguilla, Saint Martin, Bahamas, Jamaica, Spain, Mexico, Hong Kong, Bali and many US destinations. She is known for being a tough teacher and a consummate volunteer. Many credit her vision as the driving force for the Two Rivers Museum in Ashdown. She will be interred at Memorial Park Cemetery in Camden, Arkansas between her mother and father’s graves. Memorials to either the Two Rivers Museum or First United Methodist Church in Ashdown.

Memorial Services are scheduled for 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 16th, 2020 at First United Methodist Church, Ashdown, Arkansas under the direction of East Funeral Home - Downtown.

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Michelle Rinehart

December 20, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with her at Dillard's many years ago. She was independent and would return to visit as she could. I am glad she was able to enjoy her retirement years and enjoyed her travels and art and was proud of her family. With sympathy.

Melissa Trusley

December 17, 2020

I had her in 8th grade for several classes. Great teacher and friend to my mother. Prayers for the family.

Margaret Grose-Barnes

December 17, 2020

I have so many memories of Mrs. McKay! I had her for Art, Targets, and Literature. She was a fantastic teacher and a good friend to my Mama. Prayers for Mark and family.

Candace Hambleton

December 17, 2020

Such a wonderful teacher!!! Loved her

Shirley Mckendree

December 16, 2020

Mrs. McKay was my 8th grade teacher and even though she was tough on us and I complained about it then, she introduced me to my love of literature. Rest In Peace sweet lady and thank you for many memories. Class of 1987

Eddie ann Fawcett

December 16, 2020

I never knew Mary Francis’ family well but I know they will miss such a lovely mother, grandmothers, and friend. She was a Special friend to me even though I knew her such a few years. Always a positive attitude ,so pleasant to be with and loved traveling with her. My prayers are with you all at this sad time. ❤️🙏🏻