Maudie Mae Marsh, 92 years young, died peacefully at home in Farmington, Mo., Friday, Sept. 19, 2008.
Once you met Maudie Mae, you never forgot her. An original, one-of-a-kind woman the likes of whom we will likely never meet again. A true trailblazer who let no obstacle stand in her way.
Maudie Mae was born May 17, 1916, in Lexington, Tenn., and raised in Senath, Mo., in a loving farm family. She worked in her early years for the Teamsters, living in Detroit, Flint, Dallas San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento. She retired from the United States Postal Service after achieving the high level of administrative assistant t o the postmaster in Sacramento, Calif. After retirement she moved to Mountain Home, Ark., to lovingly care for her sister, Delta, and finally moved to Farmington, Mo., in 2005.
Maudie Mae loved life and lived it with passion and purpose inspiring generations by example. She was a fierce advocate and competitor. In high school and college she was a star basketball player, playing against the professional Globetrotters and Redheads. She also bowled and golfed, using her talents for these sports to organize fundraising events. Maudie Mae always had a cause she was championing. She was instrumental throughout her working career in helping promote women, especially in the postal service, and in mentoring college women throughout her lifetime. She was also recognized for providing time and financial resources for women and children in crisis. She actively supported the arts, theater, music and higher education at work and in each community in which she lived.
Maudie Mae always had her bags packed, looking forward to her next travel adventure. She loved to experience new people, cultures and places, making friends wherever she landed.
Maudie Mae was a devout Christian, actively supporting with time and money her Baptist churches wherever she lived. She was a proud Democrat and supporter of democratic causes.
She was preceded in death by her parents Arthur Levi Williams and Levia Cox Williams; three sisters, Bradie Thompson, Mollie Byars and Delta Allison and one brother, Collie Williams. She was briefly married to Leon Edward Marsh, who is deceased.
She is survived by cousins, Jim (Anne) Hart, of Farmington, Mo., Donald Lee Hart, of Hornersville, Mo. and Charles (Joyce) Hart, of West Plains, Mo., and their families.
Maudie Mae's wisdom, laughter, infectious optimism and "just do it' attitude will be missed by countless friends who were not related by blood but were bound by love, especially Betty Ellen Tenesee, of El Cajon, Calif., Carol Burke, of Sacramento, Calif., Debra Reed, of Ojai, Calif., "Chick" Willmer, of Mountain Home, Ark., Bill and Mildred Lacy, of Dallas, Texas, Martha Gregory and Sharon Schutte, of Mountain Home, Ark., Sue and Ralph Wanlass, of Keene, N.H., and her many new friends in Farmington.
We will all miss our Ms. Maudie Mae.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Sparks Gamma House, P.O. Box 1230, Mountain Home, AR. 72654, Mineral Area College Foundation, Farmington, Mo., or the First Baptist Church in Farmington, Mo.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, at the First Baptist Church, 210 N. A. Street, Farmington, Mo.
Family under the care of C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home in Bonne Terre, Mo.