Mary Ann Donegan

Mary Ann Donegan

Mary Ann Donegan passed away July 14, 2012 at the age of 79 after battling Alzheimer’s. Mary Ann was born on December 30, 1932 in Mullins, SC. She graduated from Miami Edison High School in Miami, FL. She married Ernest Lyle (Bud) Donegan on July 5, 1952 and proudly became an Air Force wife. Together they had 3 sons, 6 grandsons and one grand-daughter. She was proceeded in death by her parents Mary Istalena Pickens Holmes and Henry Hill Holmes and her husband, Ernest Lyle Donegan. She is survived by her brothers, Henry Pickens (Whitley) Holmes and Janny Loy Holmes, Mayo Clarence Holmes and her sister Barbara Jane Holmes Mooney, her sons and daughters-n-law; Richard (Sharon Stovall) Donegan, David (Carol) Donegan, Charles (Karen) Donegan; her grandchildren- Brian, Jeffrey, Kevin, Nicholas, Ian, Marissa & Christopher; Sisters-in-law Grace Donegan Louthan and Juanita Donegan Latson; several cousins, nephews and nieces and many good friends, especially her dear friend Jettie Deal and the members of her Joy Sunday School Class. She was blessed to have always had all of her children and grandchildren (who fondly called her “Augie”) living close by. After her husband Bud died in in 1964, Mary Ann went to work in Food Services with the Dade County Florida School District where she was a cashier and cafeteria worker at both the Elementary and High School level so she could raise her 3 young boys and provide a stable environment during their formative years. After they grew up and when she moved from Florida to Georgia in 1985, she continued her career as a cafeteria cashier with the Gwinnett County Public Schools. She retired in 2006 with a combined total of more that 30 years of service. Mary Ann attended the Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church. She loved God and her church and all her dear friends in the Joy Class and appreciated their friendship and all their kind support, especially in this difficult past year. She enjoyed bowling and walking (especially on the beach where she loved to collect shells), but more that anything else, besides her love for her family and Jesus, she loved flowers and she loved to tell everyone that she believed they were “God’s Smiles”. We believe she is now walking and smiling in God’s own garden. Her memorial service will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church, the Reverend Dr. Davis Chappell officiating. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the church designated for the Lawrenceville Co-op and/or Grace Arbor (a church run day program for Alzheimer’s Care) at LFUMC, P.O. Box 2127, Lawrenceville, GA. 30046. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Rd SW, Lawrenceville, GA. 30046- 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com for details and to leave a message for the family.