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Columbia Missourian

Mary Ann Faris Roberts, March 21, 1922 — Aug. 17, 2013

By Memorial Funeral Home
August 18, 2013 | 4:40 p.m. CDT

Mary Ann Faris Roberts, 91, of Columbia, MO passed away in the morning, Saturday, August 17, 2013 after a short stay at the bluffs.

A celebration of her life will be held with a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20 at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia followed by her request of graveside services at Memorial Park Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 21.

Mary Ann was born in New Franklin, MO on March 21, 1922 to Paul “Pete” Faris and Sylvia Dodson Faris. She was married to Leo W. Roberts on July 14, 1940 in Jamison, MO and just recently celebrated their 73rd anniversary. Leo said, “He wouldn’t have spent those years with anyone else because she was a grand lady.”

Mary Ann graduated from New Franklin High School in 1940 and spent the first part of her married life as a housewife and mother and only started working outside the home much later. She and Leo purchased the Tot Shop in Fayette, MO and lived there for five years before moving back to Columbia. At that time they purchased the Paris Road Market in Columbia and worked at the store until 1967. She worked for Arch Hill and Dale Nichols in a State Farm Agent’s office for many years until her retirement.

She and Leo loved the camping world and spent many winters in Florida, Texas or Arizona and made so many friends and camping buddies in the Avion Club.

MaMa, as she was known in the family, was a very special person and loved doing for others. She was well known for her pies and cooking and that silver cake pan that carried homemade German chocolate cake.

She is survived by her husband; daughters: Sylvia Bradfield and Nancy Roberts Seiler (John) of Columbia and a special nephew, John P. Faris, II of Indiana. She is also survived by grandchildren: Brian (Katie) Bradfield, Melissa (Pete) Meister, Brett (Cristy) Bradfield, and Michelle (Trey) Ham.

One of her greatest joys was her Great-Grandchildren: Matthew Bradfield, Bradley and Andrew Meister, Madalyn and Olivia Bradfield, and Elizabeth and Jackson Ham.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, John P. Faris, and son-in-law, Roy Bradfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are appreciated to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in New Franklin, MO.

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