Mary Ann Rinnert passed away on July22 at her home in Lawrence, Kansas, after undergoing treatment for cancer the past year and a half.
She was born in Fulton, Missouri on March 27, 1941 to Loren and Tina (Dean) Murray.
She graduated from Fulton High School and Northeast Missouri State University at Kirksville in 1962. She began teaching at Ritenour School District in St. Louis County, Missouri, where she met her husband.
She married Jerry M. Rinnert on July 18, 1964 at Fulton, Missouri. They made their home in Columbia, MO, St. Louis County, MO and Columbus, OH before moving to Longmont, CO in August, 1978, where they lived for 33 years.
Mary Ann was a teacher at Longmont Estates Elementary School for 20 years before retiring in 2002. In all, she taught in public schools for 30 years over a forty year span, taking 10 years off to raise her children.
In retirement, they built a home in Westcliffe, CO where they spent part of each year. She and her husband moved to Lawrence in November 2011 to be close to their son and his family.
She became a follower of Jesus Christ as a child and was a longtime member of LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont. At the time of her passing, she was a member of Tonganoxie Christian Church. She was also a member of PEO in Longmont and then Lawrence.
Preceeding her in death were her father and mother, and sister, Mildred Pricer. She is survived by her husband; son Nathan D. Rinnert and his wife Christina of Hammondsport, NY; son John M. Rinnert, his wife Stacey, and grandchildren Gabriel and Megan, all of Lawrence, KS; and brother-in-law Harold Pricer of Fairfield, CA; and many loving friends.
Arrangements are being made by Warren-McElwain Funeral Home in Lawrence.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate her life at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, CO at a later date.