Mary Mae Jennings

Mary Mae Jennings, 84, died Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 12, 1926, in Manes, daughter of William Albert and Dulcie Elizabeth Austin Burney. She and Paris Crisp were married in 1942. He died in 1963. She and Ray Jennings were married Feb. 4, 1965.

She was employed for several years with Tobin-Hamilton Shoe Company in Mansfield. She later moved to Bolingbrook, Ill., and spent the remainder of her working years employed with AT&T as a model shop supervisor.

Following her retirement in 1988, she moved to Houston. She spent an extended amount of time caring for her sister, Faye, and brother-in-law, Randall.

She had a relationship with Christ and was devoted to the Bible. She had a passion of talking to others about their need to have a personal relationship with Christ as their Lord and Savior.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Albert Burney, Claude Burney and Nolan Burney; an infant brother, Ray Burney; a sister, Faye Moore; and a stepmother, Walcie Swearengen.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Jennings of Houston; four sons, Ronald Crisp of Rolla, Lonnie of Bendavis, Larry Crisp of Independence and Michael Jennings of St. Charles; three daughters, Beverly Friend of Manes, Betty Kinserlow of Independence and Tabatha Jolly of Kansas City; two brothers, Glenn Burney of Walla Walla, Wash., and Troy Burney of Mountain Grove; 14 grandchildren: 17 great-grandchildren; three stepsons; three stepdaughters; 13 step-grandchildren; 17 step great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were Tuesday, April 19, at Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Pastor Dale Rosette officiating. Burial was in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

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