Mary Sue Mayes

Staff Writer
The Daily Ardmoreite
Mary Sue Mayes

A private graveside service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in Marietta, for Mary Sue Mayes of Marietta, with Rev. Jason Langley officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Marietta.

Mary Sue was born on Dec. 8, 1940, in Shady Dale, Okla., to J.B. and Mary (Hill) Taylor. She passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020 while visiting her daughter in Stillwater, at the age of 79.

Mary Sue was a lifelong resident of Love County. Growing up she spent a lot of time with her grandparents in the Shady Dale area. Mary Sue married her high school sweetheart James D. “Bunky” Mayes on Feb. 1, 1958, in Carter County. He preceded her in death on May 3, 2016. They had just celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Mary Sue was a graduate of Marietta High School with the Class of 1959. She continued her education at the Cooke County Community College in Gainesville, Texas. Mary Sue worked in Marietta at the Cookie Factory and then BancFirst for 34 years retiring as a Loan Officer. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Marietta and was Baptized at the age of 11 in the Red River. Mary Sue had a big heart and was always putting others first. She loved devoting her time to helping others. Mary Sue loved traveling, especially going on “builder’s trips,” which was another selfless act of assisting others through church projects or remolding of Churches. Mary Sue was an excellent housekeeper and loved for things to be clean. She loved her family and friends and was very close to her sisters. Her grandkids were the light of her life. She was their #1 fan in all their activities.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Richard Taylor; brother-in-law, Jerry Scheihing; and sister’s-in-law, Patsy Allen, Mary Roberts, and Elsie Allison.

Survivors include daughter, Jamie Black and husband Jeff of Stillwater; sisters, Jeannie Scheihing of Marietta, Linda Martin and husband Joe Pete of Marietta, and Judy Cooper of Marietta; sister-in-law, Freida Taylor of Marietta; brother’s-in-law, Leslie Mayes and wife Mary of Lone Grove, and Olie Mayes, Jr. of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Gunner Black, Tristan Black and special friend Kammille Gruber, Dawson Black, and Garyn Fethkenher; very special sister, Linda Birdwell of Marietta; numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers are Gunner Black, Tristan Black, Dawson Black, Garyn Fethkenher, Randy Martin, and Justin Meador. Honorary bearers are Joe Martin, Jim Bob Hendrickson, Lynn Puckett, Bobby Burt, Bob Strickland, and Troy Harmon.

For those that wish to make memorial contributions, the family suggests contributions be made to the Baptist Children’s Home in Madill.

Time of viewing for family and friends will be Friday, May 8 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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