Mary Ann Kane

June 11, 1939November 14, 2020

Mary Ann Kane went to join her beloved husband, Richard in heaven, on 14 November 2020. Due to Covid restrictions, a private graveside service will be held at Forest Park The Woodlands Cemetery in the The Woodlands, Texas.

Mary Ann Runyon was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 11 June 1939, to William and Phyllis Runyon. While a toddler, her family moved back to the family homestead in Piscataway, New Jersey. After the death of her father in 1941, she and her mother moved to Plainfield, New Jersey. She graduated from Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. After college, Mary Ann, worked for LOOK magazine in New York City. While attending a St. Patrick’s Day party in Manhattan she met William “Bill” Deegan. They were married, 4 Jan 1964, in Plainfield, New Jersey.

Mary Ann and Bill transferred to Atlanta, GA after they were married and had their first daughter, Diana, while living there. A few years later they moved to the Boston, MA area. There they had two more daughters. Due to her husband’s job, they moved many times while raising their daughters. They lived in Georgia, New York, Massachusetts, and in Texas. After raising her children, she returned to school and received a master’s degree in teaching, from the University of Houston. Mary Ann and Bill shared their lives together for 30 years before divorcing.

Mary Ann taught English as a Second Language in the Aldine Independent School District. This is where she met Richard Kane, who was also a teacher. They were married 21 June 1997. She also worked as a teacher for Lone Star College and the Harris County Department of Continuing Education, retiring in 2007.

In her retirement Mary Ann was a dedicated volunteer at CHI St Luke’s (in The Woodlands) hospital and served on its auxiliary board. She also volunteered for Interfaith of The Woodlands and served at the Hand Me Up Resale Shop. She was a member of the Montgomery County Friends of the Library where she worked in its gift shop as well.

Mary Ann was also a long time, member of the Newcomers Club of The Woodlands and she served on its Board of Directors. She was also a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, The Heritage Trails Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Texas Mayflower Society. Mary Ann considered being a wife and mother as the most important parts of her life.

Preceding her in death were both her husbands, William Deegan and Richard Kane, as well as her parents, William and Phyllis Runyon.

Left to cherish her memory are her 3 daughters, Diana Deegan, Austin, Texas, Stacey (Scott) Gossling, Decorah, Iowa, and Page (John) Kerr, Friendswood, Texas. As well as her grandchildren, Nick Gossling (and friend Teressa), Minneapolis, MN, Chloe Gossling, Battle Creek, Michigan, and Sarah Kerr, Friendswood, Texas

In lieu of flowers Mary Ann’s wishes and her daughters ask for memorials to be sent to: Lupus Foundation of America, 3701 Kirby Dr. Ste 700, Houston, Texas 77098, or The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum, 3603 236th Ave Burr Oak, Iowa 52101, or the Hesper Public Cemetery care of Treasurer, Joyce Street, 3808 188th Ave, Decorah, Iowa 52101.

Mary Ann’s daughters want to thank the incredible staff at Atria Senior Living in Friendswood. As well as loving dedication from Faith Community Hospice in Mary Ann’s care. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date in 2021 when COVID restrictions are loosened or lifted.


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Joan Slayden

December 4, 2020

I was very sorry to see that Mary Ann had passed away. When I was new to The Woodlands and joined the Newcomers Club, I signed up to play scrabble in a group that she led since she was so friendly and welcoming. It was a pleasure to go to her home and get to know her and then I saw her volunteering at Interfaith when I went to drop off donations. Mary Ann was a fine, lovely lady who touched many lives and will be missed!

Mary Beth Wicks-Hines

November 18, 2020

Mary Ann was such a sweet, wonderful lady. When Uncle Rick and she were married later in life, I remember he said, "in winter, God gave me a rose..." I enjoyed our visits tremendously, because she was interested in everything, and loved to laugh. Thank you to her immediate family for taking such good care of her in her last years. She will be sadly missed, but surely has flown straight to heaven.

Joyce Wiesman

November 18, 2020

Dear Family - I knew Mary Ann from our Mexican Train group of ladies. She was always sweet and so very kind . . . and a really good dominoes player! We had lots of fun together when she lived in the Woodlands. She was also a brave soul, who, though still grieving her husband's death, pushed herself to rejoin her circle of friends and partake in the games she liked so much, knowing that was the only way to make it through the grief. I know you will miss her. She was a wonderful lady. May she rest in peace. Amen.
Joyce Wiesman

Julie Barberia Bergert

November 18, 2020

Dear Stacey, Paige and Diana,

So sorry about your Mom. Will always treasure her kindness and the welcome home we spent so much time in as neighbors. She raised some amazing daughters.

Love to all


Mary Barberia

November 18, 2020

So sorry to hear of Mary Ann’s passing. Prayers for you Stacy, Diana and Page.
Mary and Tony Barberia

Joanne Olson

November 18, 2020

To Page, Diana and Stacey you have my deepest sympathy. I only met your mom a couple of times but just know she was a wonderful woman and mom


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