Mary Dixon Ware/John Thomas Ware

Mary Dixon Ware, 81, of Monticello passed away on August 12, 2019. She was born March 2, 1938 in Blackshear, Ga. to the late Mary and George Dixon. 

It was in Atlanta that she met her future husband, John Thomas Ware. The two were married January 9, 1960. The couple were blessed with four beloved children, Johnny, Gina, Kip and Jeff. 

In 1971, the family moved from Greensboro, N.C. to Monticello, where Mary quickly immersed herself in the community and social life. She actively gave of herself to many organizations such as Monticello Junior Auxiliary, city of Monticello Beautification and as a board member of Options, to name a few. Mary did this while being active in her children’s extracurricular activities. Her interests and involvement extended into politics. For several decades, Mary worked at election polls and in the early 1990s, she joined the Arkansas Travelers for the Clinton Presidential campaign.

Never meeting a stranger, Mary began to build friendships that lasted a lifetime, especially from her bridge club.

Mary’s greatest accomplishment in life was being “Grammie” to five grandchildren who she helped raise into adulthood. She was a thoughtful gift-giver by nature—a trait she passed down to each generation of the Wares. Her grandchildren could always count on receiving a card from Grammie for every holiday and having a birthday cake made specially for them.  

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, and her husband of 59 years, John Thomas Ware. She is survived by her four children: Johnny (Mandy) of North Little Rock, Gina Gibson of Dermott, Kip of North Little Rock and Jeff of Benton; and her five grandchildren; Kristen Gibson of Little Rock, Charles Gibson of Little Rock, Madeline Gibson of Atlanta, Courtney (Blake) Endsley of Dermott and Reece Ware of Fayetteville; and two brothers, Johnny and Ralph of Georgia.

A celebration of Mary’s life—and as well as her late husband John (who passed away on April 4, 2019), will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello.

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