Obituary: Mary Edna Stafford, 87, of Hannibal, Mo.

Mary Edna Stafford
Posted: May. 16, 2016 3:28 pm
Mary Edna Stafford, 87, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 1:15 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2016 at Willow Care Center in Hannibal.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.
Family and friends are invited to Mary’s life celebration at a visitation from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday, at the funeral home.
Mrs. Stafford was born Nov. 10, 1928, in Hannibal, Mo., to Charles and Mary Melling Tharp.
She was married to Henry “Jack” Stafford on Aug. 9, 1945, in Hannibal, Mo. He preceded her in death March 20, 1994.
Survivors include three children, Charles A. Stafford of Hannibal, Mo., Sharon Ator (Richard) of Jacksonville, Ill., Marcia Edwards of Waverly, Ill.; one brother, Dr. Patrick Tharp (Peggy) of St. Charles, Mo.; four grandchildren, Michael Ator (Tamaque), Patricia Olker (Don), Jennifer Mason (Ray) and Angela Brannan; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Lawrence “Buster” Tharp and wife June Tharp; and her beloved dog, “Rex.”
Mrs. Stafford worked in retail sales for many years, previously working at H & R Block, Woolworth's, Big Bear Farm Supply, Swiss Colony and in the paint department at True Value. She was an amateur carpenter and very self-sufficient. Mary loved gardening, canning, mowing, embroidering, quilting and crocheting.
Mary loved her vegetable garden as well as her flower garden. Nothing got in the way of her mowing her yard. She also loved to can vegetables and was known for her bread and butter pickles and her sweet and dill pickles. She also made many different kinds of jelly. She was a Lutheran by faith.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice, in care of the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.
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