Mary Ann Sokora
Mary Ann Sokora
May 28, 1935 - February 18, 2019
Mary Ann Sokora went home peacefully to be in the arms of Jesus on February 18, 2019 at Hospice of Wichita Falls. The Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Alex Ambrose officiating. A Private interment will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Punkin Center. A Christian Wake will be held at 6:30 PM, Friday, March 1, 2019 with a visitation to follow at Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home with Deacon Jim Bindel officiating.
Mary was born May 28, 1935 in Electra, Texas. She was the youngest of six children. She graduated from Electra High School as a member of the National Honor Society in 1953. She was very proud that she received a perfect attendance award, never missing one day of school. Mary married Joe Sokora on January 22, 1955. The next year Joe was sent to Germany in the Army and they spent about 2 years there and returned to Wichita Falls. Mary Ann worked in the Oil and Ranching Business from 1957 until 2018.
Mary and Joe were both Founding members of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church since 1956. Mary Ann and Joe received the Family of the Year Award from the Knights of Columbus in 2005 for outstanding service and support. In 2002, Mary Ann was named Lady Knight of the Year for outstanding service to the Knights of Columbus #1473. Mary Ann received the Benediction to Mankind Award in 2006 presented to her from Bishop Vann of the Ft. Worth Diocese. Mary Ann was respectfully known as “The Picture Lady” for the Church and other church related organizations. She was one of the few that still insisted on photo prints for all the pictures that she took. She would get them printed and put each family’s pictures in an envelope with their name on it and hand them out after church on Saturday nights.
She was active in many organizations throughout her years which include Member of the Desk and Derrick Club for 50 years, Saint Jude Circle of Our Lady of Queen of Peace Altar Society, Church Women United representative, K.J.Z.T. Catholic Family Fraternal of Texas and earned her 50-year pin in 2011. Mary Ann was Bereavement Dinner Chairman for the church for over 20 years and a Eucharistic Minister delivering Holy Communion to countless people in the Nursing Homes around town. She was also a member of the Heritage Society of Our Lady Queen of Peace.
Mary Ann touched the lives of all who have known her in her own very special way. A worthy mention is that Mary Ann was famous for her brownies. She was also known for offering to feed anyone who walked through her door… sandwiches or just a snack. You could count on her to always have M & M’s and candy in her purse to give. Mary Ann also sent many greeting cards for every occasion with her beautiful handwriting and thoughtful words. She also took care of her Mother, brothers and sisters and many others until their last days on earth.
Mary Ann was preceded in death in 2009 by her husband Joe of 54 years; her parents, Mike and Josephine Hartmangruber of Iowa Park; two brothers Louis and James of Iowa Park; three sisters, Lorene Goforth of Wichita Falls, Agnes Hunter of Dallas and Jeannie Hilley of Houston.
She is survived by her son Tom and his wife Catherine of Wichita Falls; two grandsons, Corey and his wife Misty of McKinney, Texas and Jason and his wife Amie of Wichita Falls. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary Ann’s bright smile lit up the room and she was warm and welcoming to everyone she met. Mary lived a rich and full life.
Mary Ann is Safely Home now.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 4040 York, Wichita Falls, Texas 76309 or Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd., Wichita Falls, Texas 76310.