MARY ANN PRATHER
“Love and prayers to the Lucas family and all other family…”
– Brenda Dickey
The bravest woman we have ever known began her greatest and final adventure when she entered heaven on Saturday evening, Sept. 6, 2014.
Mary Ann Prather was born on April 6, 1948 to parents Avon and Lorene Lucas of Deer Park, TX. She is survived by her loving husband Benton Prather, daughters Ashley Breaux and husband Terry and Harlow Nieves and husband Elliot, grandson Shane Prather, brothers Doug Lucas and wife Marjorie and Rodney Lucas, nephew Matt Lucas and niece Laura Lucas, and many other loving family members and friends.
Mary Ann was full of life, and her chosen vocation matched her adventurous spirit. After graduating from Deer Park High School in 1966, she became a flight attendant for Braniff, Western, World, and Delta airlines. Mary Ann never met a stranger. She loved meeting people from all over the world on her travels and sharing fun-filled stories with her family and friends. She had a wonderful laugh and would use it often.
One of her favorite pastimes was watching classic movies like The Wizard of Oz, especially with the people she loved most. She cherished her family and she was proud of her one and only grandchild, Shane. He was her pride and joy. Mary Ann grew up a member of Deer Park United Methodist Church. Throughout their time together, she and Benton lived in Boerne; Las Vegas, NV; the Florida Keys; Citra, FL; and, most recently, Harriet, AR. Failing health over the last few years prevented her from traveling and visiting regularly with family and friends as often as she’d have liked. But Mary Ann’s spirit remained strong, and she always stayed in touch with her loved ones. She battled Type 1 diabetes most of her life, but never dwelled on the constant struggles it caused. Instead, she was quick to focus on those she cared about most. Her selfless approach to life was reflected in the way she signed her emails: “Just me, MA.”
Visitation is planned for 3 p.m. on Saturday September 13th with a memorial service to follow at 4:00 p.m. at Deer Park United Methodist Church, 1300 East 13th Street, Deer Park Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks for donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an organization near and dear to Mary Ann’s heart. She was an honorary member of her great-niece’s JDRF walk team, Gracie’s Racers. For more information or to make a donation in Mary Ann’s memory, go to: www2.jdrf.org/goto/graciesracers.
Published on yourdeerparknews.com from Sept. 8 to Sept. 21, 2014
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