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Mary Ann Boykin

September 3, 1937 - October 2, 2016

Mary Ann Boykin passed away at her home in McKinney, Texas on Sunday, October 02, 2016.  She was born September 03, 1937, in Gastonia, North Carolina, to J. C. Carothers, Sr., and Ola Pressley Carothers.  She was a 1955 graduate of Gastonia High School and a 1959 graduate of The Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro (now UNC-G) where she earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art advertising.  She earned the Master of Arts degree from the University of Houston at Clear Lake in 1979 and taught at the University from 1980 until her retirement in 2005.  She especially enjoyed teaching art to young children.

In 1962, she married Wilber R. Boykin of Zebulon, North Carolina, whom she met in 1958 on a blind date while she was a student at Woman’s College and he was a student at UNC-Chapel Hill.  They moved to the Houston area where he was employed by the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.  Mary Ann and her husband are the parents of two adult children, Dr. Timothy B. Boykin of Huntsville, Alabama, and Melissa Ann Norris of Bentonville, Arkansas.  Melissa and her husband Mike Norris are the parents of two adult children, Michael B. Norris of Austin, Texas, and Emily N. Norris, a junior at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Mary Ann was involved at Stonebriar Community Church attending services and Sunday school as well as in the Women’s Bible Studies at First Baptist Church in McKinney.  Mary Ann loved the Lord and leaned heavily on her faith during her battle with pancreatic cancer.  Her goal throughout her yearlong battle was to serve the Lord in front of all those she encountered, which we feel she accomplished.  She kept a loving, gentle spirit with everyone she met at the cancer treatment facilities and elsewhere throughout her life. 

Mary Ann loved her family after the Lord and was a loving, encouraging wife, mother, and grandmother.  She instilled a love for art in her children, grandchildren, and the many students she taught in art school during her 25 year career.  She will be missed greatly by us all.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband of 54 years, Wilber; her children, Timothy and Melissa; and her grandchildren, Michael and Emily.  She is also survived by her older brother, J. C. “Buddy” Carothers, Jr., of Lake Wylie, South Carolina and his wife Phyllis; their daughter, Carol Lineberger; her younger brother, Samuel B. Carothers of Raleigh, North Carolina and his wife, Linda; their son, Jay Carothers and his wife, Janey; their daughter, Lacey Pegram and her husband, Jonathan; and several nieces and nephews.

One of Mary Ann’s favorite verses is Mark 12:29-31:  “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this:  ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this:  ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”

The family will receive friends during a visitation on Thursday evening, October 6, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 7, 2016 at Stonebriar Community Church, 4801 Legendary Drive, Frisco, Texas  75034.  Private graveside services at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, Texas will precede the memorial service.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to one of the following in memory of Mary Ann Boykin:  The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; Visiting Nurses’ Association (VNA), 5601 Virginia Parkway, Suite 1, McKinney, Texas  75070; or the church or charity of your choice.

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Mary Ann, Boykin, such a beautiful person and dear friend. We met in 1983 when I first started teaching art upon her strong encouragement. She was the most influential person in guiding me to teach art, and we taught for many years in The UHCL Children's Art School. Those precious memories are engraved upon my heart and in the hearts of my daughters forever. We love her because she first loved us, like her lord and savior loves us all. Her light of love was immense and she truly spread God's love to all the many lives she touched. She did in fact leave quite a legacy. She and Wilbur created a legacy of love through their beautiful family. It was an honor to have Mary Ann as a friend, to work with with her and have her teach art to my daughters at age 3. To Wilbur, the kids and grandkids; she spoke of you with such love all the time that I know you know what a blessing it was that she was yours! I miss her and pray for God's peace and blessings for all of the family. Love, Charleen Watson CHarleen Watson, November 3, 2016 MaryAnn, you touched my life (and I know so many others,as well) as a mentor and a friend. You inspired my career as an art instructor and I still recall your delightful laugh and enthusiasm. I know you are in heaven today, creating beautiful things and looking down at your family and friends with love-the love you showed so generously throughout your life! Our prayers are with your dear family. Eleanor Brown, October 13, 2016 I first met Mary Ann at the Bailadora Drill Team half time performances. She and Wilbur would be cheering their sweet granddaughter, Emily, on from the stands. Mary Ann had such a sweet, loving spirt. Her incredible love of the Lord was a light to many. She will be greatly missed. May God's amazing strength and love comfort you all during this time.
Deann Hancock, October 7, 2016 Mary Ann was our friend , colleague and student for many years. What a wonderful person and art teacher! Mary Ann was also a creative fiber artist. She taught undergraduate and graduate art and art education students with great success. I have never known a more gifted art teacher of young (as well as older) children. She taught even the youngest student at a high level, but always in a way that reached and inspired. The parents respected her and were also amazed at the high level of the art curriculum she developed for young children. It was teaching at a high level ---but presented in a way that engaged, supported and inspired her students. She also interacted with her fellow teachers in a professional and comfortable way. On a personal level, I always admired her supportive and loving interaction with her beloved children and grandchildren, and with Wilber. Her faith was strong and wide, never narrow, and illuminated her life, as well as the lives of all who came to know her. Ellin Grossman and Robert Grossman Ellin and Robert G. Grossman, October 6, 2016 We will miss Mary Ann very much. She was a wonderful neighbor to us while living in El Lago. Lately we had many chats reminiscing about those good days. I am very sorry for your loss Wilber, Tim, Melissa and family. Ellen Zuteck, October 6, 2016 I am very sorry for your loss. In Psalm 34:18, says that God is close to the brokenhearted and those crushed in spirit. My sincere regards Felisha, October 6, 2016 Mary Ann was a precious gift to so many, including me. I first met Mary Ann through Melissa while at the Boyd football games. Mary Ann was so kind and sweet spirited. It's hard not to be drawn to her. I always looked forward to chatting with her and Wilber at each game. I later had the privilege of being in a bible study with her. I happened to be going through a most difficult time in my life. She was a great prayer warrior and encourager to me. Her loving hugs and warm words always lifted my spirit. I will dearly miss her. Sara Pederson, October 6, 2016 I am so sorry for your loss. I met Mary Ann when I took her Fiber Arts class at UHCL, and was immediately drawn to her. She was a teacher, a mentor, and eventually my employer, but her most important role to me was compassionate friend. As I battled cancer, her kind words of encouragement and faith brought me comfort and hope. i will always treasure the memories of her sincere hugs and smiles, and especially her faith in the Lord. With deepest sympathy, Jill Jill McCadden, October 5, 2016 As an "older" student at UHCL in the mid-90's, Mary Ann was first my teacher, and then became my friend and colleague. When she would return papers to her students, we always watched to see if she had personally commented on them. I was always thrilled when she encouraged me to write more. She believed in me long before I believed in myself. Her gentle touch to the shoulder as she passed our work stations was often more gratifying than the best hug around. She could see trouble coming in our work, long before we did, and could ask the most informative questions to direct us to the right solution. She was not only talented and intelligent in her work at UHCL, she was loving, kind, and compassionate to everyone. Thank you, Boykin family, for sharing your loved one with students like me. We are better citizens, teachers, and human beings because she cared. I will be praying for you all, and will miss her many, many kindnesses. Mel Davenport, October 5, 2016 1 Thessalonians 5: 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Mary Ann touched the lives of so many. She shared her love of God and the eternal promise fulfilled in Christ. I miss my dear friend, but I look forward to sharing eternity with her and all believers. May God comfort her family. Ann Waltz, October 5, 2016 Mary Ann began building her legacy long ago. It lives on today in the lives of each of her family members and the influence that the beliefs she instilled will continue to have on them. It is extended exponentially in the capabilities discovered, nurtured, and developed in her many students during her years in Art Education. Each will discover a talent in future days perhaps unaware of its origin. Those who knew Mary Ann are not in doubt. Mike Pilkinton, October 4, 2016 I am saddened to hear of Mary Ann's passing. She was so very nice and I enjoyed my time getting to know her when she and her husband would come to North Carolina to visit family. Many prayers to all of her close and extended families. Kelly (Lineberger) Gilbert, October 4, 2016 Mary Ann was my mentor, teacher, and employer. She was always the role model I looked up to and tried to emulate. I am very thankful for having known her. I am sad she is not with us. I look forward to seeing her in heaven. Deepest regards, Evelyn Granahan Evelyn M Granahan, October 4, 2016 Uncle Wilbur and family, I am saddened to hear about Aunt Mary Ann's passing. Rest assured she is rejoicing with our Lord. I will keep you all in my prayers. Jessica Harris, October 4, 2016 I loved seeing your mom at all the Boyd football games. She was so incredibly proud and supportive of Emily. Her infectious smile and genuinely sweet personality was such a warm welcome. She had such a sweet spirit and I know she will be missed by many. Melissa, I will pray for you and your family. God bless her sweet soul!
Anna Olan-Smith , October 3, 2016 Dearest Mary Ann, I will always miss you and remember you. You gave me purpose in life and you gave me two wonderful children, now adults, Tim and Melissa. How I wish you were still with us. One day I will join you. Wilber R. Boykin, October 3, 2016 Dear Friend, you will be greatly missed but I know you are flying with the angels now! We were friends since before junior high school and shared many memories. God's peace and love surround the family at this time. Anne Barker Burr, October 3, 2016