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Mary Ann Webster Hartnett was born August 25, 1935 to Jack and Viola Mae Webster in Trenton, Texas.  She entered into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, December 10, 2017 after battling Parkinson's Disease for many years. She lived with pain on a daily basis, but retained a smile and a heart for everyone.  
In the 1940's Mary's family moved from Jacksonville, Texas to Huntsville, Texas where her father and  P.J. Robertson owned and operated Huntsville Funeral Home for many years.   She was a proud member of the Huntsville High School Class of 1953.  She was the one who kept the class connected for more than 50 years and continued to love and support everything HHS for the rest of her life.  In August 1954, Mary Ann married her High School sweetheart, Richard Hartnett, at First United Methodist Church, Huntsville where they were members for many years.  Richard joined the family business at Huntsville Funeral Home and together they served the Walker County community and families until their retirement in 1980.  After several years of retirement, Mary Ann and Peggy Cole opened the Holiday House.  Together they created a special place for holiday shopping and collectibles.  Later in life, Mary became a member at University Heights Baptist Church along with her daughter and family. She loved Jesus and it was evident by how she lived life.
 Mary was involved in the community as a volunteer in so many ways over the years from serving at Huntsville Memorial Hospital, Huntsville ISD School PTOs, and HHS Band Boosters; but mostly, she was a caregiver to a myriad of friends and acquaintances with her gifts of encouragement and hospitality.  
 Surviving Mary are her daughter and son-in-law, Janie and Alton Farris, Huntsville, TX; the absolute joy of her life were her sweet granddaughters: Sara Beth Farris, Thailand; Katelyn and husband, Erik Morgan, Beaumont, TX; and the extra special blessing of great grandchildren Essie Mae and Ezra Boone Morgan; her sister, Martha Spence Chaney, Humble, TX and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Virginia Young Pump. She and Richard enjoyed a wonderful life together until his passing in1994; they loved each other, their family, and the people of Walker County. 
 We will celebrate her life on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 2:00pm with a visitation prior to the service at 1:00pm at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, Huntsville. 
 If you would like to make a donation in Mary Ann Hartnett's memory, please do so to University Heights Baptist Church - Lottie Moon Foreign Missions, 2400 Sycamore Ave., Huntsville, TX 77340 or directly to www.imb.org.   
 She was loved by many and in turn loved others so well.  
Full obituary may be viewed and memorial condolences made to the family at www.shmfh.com.
Published on December 15, 2017
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