Mary Ann Mayne passed away on May 22, 2023, at the age of 92 at the Canyonlands Care Center in Moab.
Ann was born on April 1, 1931, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to James Aaron Taylor and Bettie Oneida Sayes. She had three older brothers – Virgil, Edward and Lloyd. Virgil and Edward preceded her in death. She graduated from Fair Park High School in Shreveport and attended college at Bethany College in Bethany, Oklahoma, and at Centenary College in Shreveport.
She married Rev. Elmer B. Mayne on July 17, 1954, in Shreveport. Together, they served in the United Methodist Church ministry in Texas for 40 years. They are the parents of three children, Steve (Junko) of St. George; Kevin (Judi Ann) of San Antonio, Texas; and Judy of Grand Junction, Colorado. Ann is also survived by four grandchildren, Jennifer, Cynthia, Kaitlin and Michael; along with nine great-grandchildren.
Ann’s husband Elmer passed away in 1992. Ann was widowed for the next 30 years but happily involved in the lives of her family, of whom she was very proud. She spent many years as a volunteer with the United Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society and the Salt Lake County Division on Aging RSVP Program.
Ann never met a stranger that she did not love. Throughout her years in the ministry with her husband, she served and helped many people. She was always so gentle, kind and interested in everyone she met. Ann enjoyed the simple things of life, especially sunrises, sunsets and the mountains. She loved gardening and enjoyed the outdoors admiring the beauty of God’s creation. She was never without a cat as a favorite companion.
It was Ann’s love of sacred hymns that carried her throughout her life. She knew all the verses by memory. All those years as a pastor’s wife and singing hymns every Sunday ultimately became her chorus in life and it is what sustained her. She lived a sacred life and all who encountered her were gently drawn nearer to the Composer and Creator of our world.
The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of Canyonlands Care Center in Moab for their superb care of Ann during the last three years. Ann thoroughly enjoyed the staff and her time living there.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Spanish Valley Mortuary in Moab, Utah. Burial will be in the Murray City Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Condolences for the family may be sent at spanishvalleymortuary.com.