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Mary Ann (Pippins) DeFreece, 82, of Independence, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at her home. A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 5:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, Missouri 64133. The funeral service will be held the following morning at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, May 14, 2021 also at Heartland with burial to follow in the afternoon at 2:00 P.M. at South New Home Cemetery, Cross Timbers, Missouri. To view the livestream of the service click : MARY ANN DEFREECE LIVE STREAM
Mary was born on April 13, 1939 in Wheatland, Missouri the only child of Willard Merlin Pippins and Anna Jewel (Brown) Pippins. Mary grew up in Benton and Hickory Counties in Missouri. At the age of 9 she was saved at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. She attended 8 years of elementary school at Avery and went to High School in Wheatland. Mary was united in marriage to the love of her life, William Carl DeFreece for over 61 years at the time of his passing. To this union 3 children were born; Randy Carl DeFreece, Gayland Duane DeFreece and Cynthia Kay (DeFreece) McCormack.
Mary spent the majority of her professional career in the electronics engineering field for Northrop and PPG Bio-medical Systems, which she took great pride in. But the most rewarding thing to her was being by her husbands side, traveling up and down the highway to support him in his effort to carry out the gospel as an ordained minister.
Mary was proceeded in death by her parents, Willard Merlin Pippins and Anna Jewel (Brown) Pippins; her husband, William Carl DeFreece; son, Gayland Duane DeFreece; and daughter-in-law, Pat DeFreece.
Survivors include her son, Randy Carl DeFreece of Preston, Missouri; daughter, Cynthia Kay (DeFreece) McCormack (Patrick) of Blue Springs, Missouri; grandchildren, Shane Roy Evenson, Shannon Dawn Patrick (Matthew), Matthew Ryan DeFreece, Kevin Robert DeFreece (Shelby), Jason Ross DeFreece (Morgan), Jordan Patricia-Baylee McCormack; great grandchildren, Dylan Trey Patrick, Laci Kay Patrick, and Lola Ann Patrick.
At the time of Mary’s passing, she was a faithful member of Spring Branch Missionary Baptist Church.
Karen Shrable says
Bro. Randy and Sis Cindy and family,
We are so very sorry for the loss of this very special woman. Your place I’ve never been in but our hearts break for the pain you must be feeling. Your family means the world to us and we are praying for Gods loving spirit to wipe your tears and hold you close. She stood for God boldly and for this she has impacted so many lives.
All our love, prayers and that lively hope that we will get to worship side by side with her once again.
Karen, Jeff Shrable and family
Stephanie Stillwell says
She was always so nice, sweet, warm, welcoming, and such a great role model; I am going to miss seeing your smiling face so much. May God be welcoming you home, and you reconnecting with all the family and friends you have dearly missed. God Bless
Joanna Harper says
There is one memory of Sister Mary Ann that gives my soul such joy that I felt compelled to share. The day that Brother Carl baptized me she was the first person I saw at the creek bank holding a blanket to wrap us in. I had the pleasure of growing up in the church with the DeFreece family and I know from her testimony that I too will be celebrating in Heaven with her again. I understand the pain of losing your parents and am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Linda Howard says
We’re truly sorry to loose Mary Ann. So thankful for the many memories we have with her family. Lots of spiritual and fun times. Our Love and Prayers. Dewayne, Linda and family
Celia Davis says
I am so sorry for your loss. I know it’s been a year, but I just found out. Mary and Carl were Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron when I was initiated into the Order of Eastern Star. I’m so sorry we were not notified of her passing. We will drape our Charter in her memory.