Mary Ann Dunn entered this world on August 17, 1957 in Greenville, Mississippi to the union of Bobby Pleasant and Owen Green. On August 22, 2023 at the age of 66, Mary was suddenly called home.
Mary, the oldest of six children, grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. As a bright student at East Nashville High School, Mary had passion for nursing and cosmetology. After graduating, she played a huge part in helping her mother and siblings relocate to Cincinnati, Ohio where she enrolled in Tri State Beauty College. However, instead of pursuing a career as a stylist, Mary went on to marry her then long time love, Alvin Dunn. Their union was blessed with five sons, all of whom she loved very much.
Mary, then a stay at home mom, enjoyed raising her sons, fostering numerous pets, babysitting her niece and baby brother, and even watched various kids in the neighborhood. She always had a nurturing spirit and a mother like presence to those around her. Mary was the friend that others would call for advice and would talk to for hours helping them with their problems. As her sons got older, and the house began to empty, Mary tried on a variety of careers. She initially went into law enforcement, passing her certification for training, but deciding not to move forward. Mary was an STNA for a while and even worked at the Adidas factory as a supervisor, where she was employed for nearly a decade. She became a school bus driver after earning her CDL license. In more recent years, Mary ran and sold goods in several flea markets throughout the city. Nevertheless, aiding others was her greatest passion which is why she loved the health care field.
In her forties, Mary became a Home Heath Aide and used her patience and love of healing to help and encourage those with disabilities to strive for independence. She gave them dignity and respect, while encouraging them to learn how to take care of themselves. Their gratification and love was all she needed in return. So much that refused to work for any company that didn't properly care for their patients. Her clients and their families all loved her very much. This would ultimately be the field Mary would retire from, but she continued to check in on her former clients. "They were so much more than that".
Mary, a woman with strong family ties, had a special bond with her mother. There wasn't a day that went by that they didn't talk, and they visited each other at least twice a week. Mary also bought a house next door to her youngest sister Lee Ann where she was proud to bring the family together and share each other's driveways. She considered it the "Family Block Party".
After raising her own sons, Mary then went on to raise three grandchildren and adopted a fourth. She was also a "PetMom" to cats, Sunshine and Batman and her dog, Marley. When she wasn't caring for people and pets, Mary worked in her yard, gardening and landscaping. She enjoyed shopping for goods that she would often repurpose to sell at yard sales and flea markets on the weekends. Selling, her custom t-shirts and Mary's Elegant Jewels also went from being a hobby to becoming a passion of Mary's after retirement.
Nothing or no one would stop Mary from doing what she loved. She was the epitome of "Living Life To The Fullest" and "Living With A Purpose”.
She was preceded in death by her father, Owen Green; her son, Allen Travis Thomas; nephew, Emarion Malik Thomas and granddaughter, Nyasia Riyel McCoy.
Her loving spirit and gifts of joy will never be forgotten by her mother and stepfather, Bobby and Carey Pleasant; her sons, Henry Corey Thomas, Lee Brandon Thomas, Jason Thomas and Joshua Thomas; her brothers, Eddie Lee (Deborah) Thomas and Anthony (Ebony) Thomas; sisters, Bobby Ann Thomas, JoAnn (Fred) Shelton and Lee Ann (Ricky) Lewis; grandchildren, Raymond Griffis, Corey Griffis, Mary Lee Ann Thomas, Destyne Thomas, Aniyah McCoy, Brandon Thomas Jr. and adopted granddaughter, Bruklynn Bevis. She will also be dearly missed by her newest grandson, Joshua Thomas Jr., and her three great grandbabies as well as her many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and past patients she cared for throughout her journey.