Mary Ann Stokely

Mary Ann Stokely, 89, of Cranfills Gap passed away Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at her residence. The family will hold a memorial service at 1 p.m. Jan. 20, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church located at 402 Meridian Street in Cranfills Gap, Texas). Mary Ann was born December 8, 1928 in Clifton, Texas to George Edward Rystad and Minnie Lee (Carpenter) Rystad. She married Charles Anthony Stokely, Jr. on June 12, 1946 at Peace Lutheran Church in Woodsboro, Texas. After raising seven children at home, Mary Ann started college when her youngest child started kindergarten. She eventually earned a B.S. in Education and a B.S. in Counseling from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a M.A. in Education from North Texas State University. Mary Ann taught in schools in Tarrant County, Dallas County, and in Bosque County. She retired from teaching full time in Morgan, then served as a substitute teacher in Cranfills Gap for many years. When her family moved from Arlington to the Cranfills Gap area in 1976, Mary Ann joined Saint Olaf Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Lydia Circle for many years, then changed to the Ruth Circle since 2012 when Circles were consolidated. She was a Charter Member of the Bosque County Norwegian Society of Texas. Many visitors to Bosque County will remember her as a fixture of the Norwegian Country Christmas Home Tour at the Ringness House Museum, dressed in her Norwegian bunad, and greeting people as she sat in a rocking chair by the fire in the West Parlor. Mary Ann was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Charles; and her son, Dan Stokely. She is survived by her children Steve Stokely of Guanajuato, Mexico; Charles Anthony Stokely III of Granbury, Texas; David Stokely of Hurst, Texas; Diana Ani Stokely of Cranfills Gap, Texas; Rosemary Palmer of Fort Worth, Texas and Laurie Paulson of Cranfills Gap, Texas. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren, cousins and nieces and nephews too numerous to count, and many dear friends both near and far. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ringness House Museum ( or to Saint Olaf Lutheran Church (

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