Mary Agnes McCormick
Mary Agnes McCormick of Lawrence passed away on October 4, 2011. Born Mary Agnes Williams at Farry, Oklahoma, on January 1, 1925, the youngest of five children to Guy James Williams and Zula Mae Turnage Williams, she moved with her parents to Medicine Lodge, Kansas, where she performed as a seven-year-old Prairie Flower in the 1932 Peace Treaty Pageant, attended schools and graduated in 1943. On October 24, 1943, she married her high school sweetheart, Horace Elden “Mac” McCormick, who preceded her in death on August 7, 1991, in Lyons, Kansas.
As Mac prepared for deployment in World War II with the United States Navy Seabees, Mary accompanied him to naval bases in Virginia and Rhode Island. The couple moved frequently throughout Kansas after the war, as Mac worked as a store manager for Dillon’s and Mary worked as a housewife, raising their two children and volunteering with church and community organizations. Their home communities included: Lyons, Salina, Lawrence, Junction City and Hutchinson.
Mary served as choir director for several decades, coordinated a church women’s charity thrift store for many years, was a member of the DAR and enjoyed uncanny success with her bracket picks in her later years of life as she rooted for both KU and K-State basketball programs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, James P., Thomas E. and Guy J., and infant sister Nellie I. Williams, and by one grandson, Aaron Michael McCormick. She is survived by her family in Lawrence: children Maclyn D. Pettengill and Michael L. McCormick; three grandchildren: Lynate Pettengill, Nathan Pettengill and Christy McCormick; and two great-grandchildren: Ethan Miles and Savva Pettengill.
A memorial service will be held at the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor on Friday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m. Graveside services will be held on a later date in Lyons, Kansas. The family suggests memorials to the Good Samaritan Fund at the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, 1429 Kasold, Lawrence, KS 66049.