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Mary Ann Brooks Livingston passed away Sunday, February 27, 2022 at her home in Starkville after a battle with lung disease. It was her 75th birthday.
Mary Ann was born in Starkville in 1947. She graduated from Starkville High School in 1965. She married Wayne Livingston, the love of her life, in 1966. She spent many years working as a bank teller and manager for Security State Bank in Starkville. She and Wayne moved to Laurel, Maryland in 1981 where she worked as a financial analyst and contracts specialist for the National Security Agency (NSA), including eight years in Yakima, Washington, until she retired in 2007. She and Wayne were happy to move back to their hometown of Starkville to be closer to friends and family.
Mary Ann was a follower of Christ and a member of First Baptist Church Starkville. She was a member of the Oktibbeha County Hospital Auxiliary Board, including serving part of that time as the board President. She was also the Secretary for the Starkville chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARF). She enjoyed genealogical research, music and gardening but her favorite activity by far was spending time with her family and friends. Mary Ann was known for her sweet spirit and kind disposition. Her ability to help others feel loved was a gift.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, William Wayne Livingston of Starkville; her son William Thomas Livingston and wife Jenny of Madison, MS; her daughter Molly Russell and husband Chad of Beavercreek, Ohio; her brother James Brooks and wife Linda of Pearl, MS; brother Bobby Brooks and wife Pam of Couch, Missouri; grandchildren Hannah Lane, Lauren Foster, Caleb Russell, Aidan Russell, and Ryan Russell; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Julian Hammond Brooks and Mary Upchurch Brooks of Starkville, MS.
Visitation will be held at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville on Thursday March 3 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A celebration of life service will be held at First Baptist Church on Friday March 4 at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, she requested that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church Starkville Children’s Building Fund.
Mary Ann’s family would like to thank the many friends and her Sunday school class for the meals and support they’ve provided during Mary Ann’s illness. She was dearly loved by her friends and family and will be greatly missed.