Mary Ann Cannon, age 87 of Edmond, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021, in the care of hospice and with family at the nursing home where she resided for nearly two years following a stroke. She recently recovered from COVID-19, however, the affects were too difficult for her body to handle.
The care she received from healthcare workers was amazing. They were patient and sensitive people who showed they cared for her. Mary was born and raised in Oklahoma City. She attended Catholic schools as a young child and was a member of the Black Skirts at Central High School. She married at a young age to William “Bill” Rose in 1950 and raised four daughters. She lived a fun childhood through her daughters, one that she missed as a young girl. She was involved in their school activities, chaperoned field trips, and participated in activities with her daughters’ Camp Fire Girls and Girl Scout Troops. She also chaperoned many trips to music contests and always welcomed kids into her home when they needed to practice for contests or just hang out together. She loved sewing for her girls. Nearly everything they wore in their youth, she made by hand. She was also an artist and had some of her work hanging on the walls in their home. Her daughters inherited her talent and were artistic in different ways whether it was with canvas and paint or with musical instruments. She decorated and planned parties for all their birthdays when the girls were young. She also had a ‘green thumb’ and could grow anything. She always had beautiful plants indoors and gardens outdoors. Mary loved her family and was very dedicated to them, but she obviously needed more to complete her life. In 1969, she began working at Tinker AFB where she held several positions during her 26-year career. She put her heart and soul into her work as well as at home. It was difficult, but she learned to handle both. She retired on January 3, 1995 with 26 years of Federal Civilian Service. While she was employed, she was able to go to college at night and earn her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Central State University, now UCO. Her life changed in many ways in later years. She had been divorced and single for many years. She later met David R. Cannon. They eventually married on October 30, 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They enjoyed ski trips to Colorado and New Mexico, and they loved to fish with friends at lakes in Oklahoma and Texas. Mary enjoyed being with her blended families especially during the holidays. Her former husband, Bill, was always included as they remained friends. They made life-long friends with their neighbors in Edmond, Sonja and Chris Forth, who were so fun, loving, and gracious to them. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brother, youngest daughter, Cynthia Rose and husband, David Cannon. She is survived by her daughters, Carol Edwards of Tucson, Arizona; Karen Howry of Oklahoma City and Linda Rose-Evans and her husband Michael Evans of Yukon; grandchildren, Wayne Canady of AZ, Callie Howry-Simmons of Oklahoma City, Kristin Ghimire of Moore, and Dylan Evans of Oklahoma City. Stepchildren Richard Cannon and Brenda Silvernail both of Midwest City; sisters, Teresa McQueen of California and Susie King of Kansas; brothers-in-law, George Cannon and his wife Randy of Norman, Mark Cannon and his wife Tami of Midwest City and sister-in-law, Phyllis Hill of Dallas, Texas and numerous cousins, step grandchildren, and great grandchildren. A service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, January 14 at Yanda & Son Funeral Home, 1500 W. Vandament, Yukon. Graveside will be 10 a.m. Friday, January 15, 2021 at Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin. Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Yukon.