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Mary Lou Ragland

Mary Lou Ragland was called to heaven on July 20th, 2019 at 6:50 a.m. at the Roaring River Rehab Center. She was born on Dec. 18th, 1932, the first and only daughter of Chester Ward Browning and Beatrice Ella Davis who were living in Exeter, MO. Mary Lou moved with her parents to Seligman, MO shortly thereafter. She had two younger brothers, Gordon and Ronald Browning.

Mary Lou Ragland

She was predeceased by her parents, husband, two brothers and one sister-in-law. She was survived by her only son, Rick L. and wife Betty of Shell Knob, MO; one grandson, Craig Allan, and his wife Vanessa and their two children, Gabriel and Liam of Lowell, AR; two step-grandsons Robert Baker and wife Kelli, with two step-great grandsons Bobby Ray and Bowen Steven Baker of Liberty, OK; James Baker and wife Lindsey of Cassville, MO. Also surviving are Darren Browning, nephew, his wife Teresa, and son Gregory of Plano, TX and one sister-in-law, Marsha Browning.

Mary Lou graduated from Seligman High School in 1950. She and Benny were married Oct. 17th, 1953 moving to the Air Force Base in Ardmore, OK. She met her life-long friend, Kate and husband, Gene Gourley on base.

When Benny’s service ended, they moved to Springfield, MO where Benny attended Missouri State University, in Springfield, MO. On Dec. 20th, 1955, their son, Rickey Lyle, was born in Cassville, MO. In 1957 the family moved to New Haven, MO where Benny began teaching and later became the superintendent of schools. After thirty years in the school system, the two enjoyed having a “winter home’ in Donna, Texas. She crafted while Benny went fishing. She played the keyboard for the local Baptist Church and Benny delivered the sermons for a couple years.

By 1993 the couple moved their primary home to Bentonville, AR. They continued to be active members of the First Baptist Church. On Nov. 25th, 2005, Mary Lou’s husband passed away. In 2008 she moved to Shell Knob to be by her son. She had begun suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2017 a fall in her home landed her in the hospital with a broken pelvis. She was unable to come home and spent the rest of her days in the Roaring River Rehab Center. The family would like to thank all of those who took care of her for the last two years, 5 months.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Seligman Cemetery in Seligman, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.

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