Boggs, Mary Ann Hataway
MARY ANN HATAWAY BOGGS
NOVEMBER 4, 1949 – MAY 19, 2011
Mary Ann was born November 4, 1949. Her birth mother, being unable to care for her, placed Mary Ann in the Methodist Home for Children in New Orleans. At the age of six months she was adopted by Leo M. and Inez Frazar Hataway.
She was the joy of their lives and raised as an only child. As a child she lived a short time in Picayune, Mississippi and also in DeRidder, Louisiana until her dad’s work took her to Gonzales, Louisiana. She attended the Methodist Church in Gonzales and East Ascension High School where she graduated in 1967.
After high school she went to Northwestern State University where she also graduated with a two year degree in Secretarial Administration. At Northwestern she met Leon Boggs and they were married June 21, 1969 in the Gonzales United Methodist Church.
In 1974 Leon accepted Christ and they both became actively involved in the United Methodist Church. When God called Leon into the ministry Mary Ann was reluctant because she couldn’t visualize herself as a pastor’s wife. However, God also spoke to her and once she was convinced it was of God she agreed to go anywhere God called her husband to serve.
Mary Ann took an active role in the churches Leon served. She was active in the choir, Sunday School, Bible Studies, and U.M.W. She taught children, worked with the youth, helped with Vacation Bible School, chaperoned youth mission trips and served on mission group teams. She became the epitome of a pastor’s wife and was loved by the people of each church they served. They went to Colfax-Hollins Chapel in 1983. In 1987 they were appointed to Baker and in 1990 they moved to the Roanoke-Wesley (Crowley) charge. In 1993 they moved to Wesley (Sulphur)-Hackberry and spent sixteen wonderful years. In 2009 they moved to Lakeview United Methodist Church in Minden where she was dearly loved by the congregation. Although she suffered a stroke in 2006 that affected her speech and walking, she still had a sharp mind, a beautiful smile, and a mischievous sense of humor.
On May 19, 2011, after suffering sudden heart failure, Mary Ann Hataway Boggs slipped away to be with her Lord in the Father’s House.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo M. and Inez Hataway. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Leon Boggs; one son, Robert M. Boggs and wife Elizabeth of Slidell; two daughters, Marcie L. Duhon of Minden and Aimee L. St.Claire and husband Shelby of Gonzales; five grandchildren, Damien and Erik Duhon, Nicholas and Olivia Boggs, and Tre’ St. Claire.
Thanks be to God for a life well lived and the promise of life forever in Christ Jesus.