The sweetest soul, Mary Ann Heath Kring, 78, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, September 30, 2022.
Mary Ann was born on June 8, 1944, in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth and later graduated from North Texas State University. She married Rodney Gail Kring on June 5, 1971, and they recently celebrated 51 years of marriage.
Mary Ann had a servant’s heart and was a long-time volunteer at First Baptist Church of Lubbock. She taught for many years as a youth and young couples Sunday school teacher alongside her husband, Gail. She loved mission work and participated in many mission trips through the church, often taking her grandchildren. She was always looking for ways to share God’s word. Mary Ann also had a passion for mentoring young women and worked for years with the Apples to Gold program. When she wasn’t volunteering, you could find her playing Mahjong, celebrating with her birthday lunch groups, working in her flower gardens, or decorating for the upcoming season. She had an eye for beauty and enjoyed each season fully. Mary Ann was a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved her family and always made sure their gatherings were something cherished by all. Her favorite saying, especially when the unexpected happened, was “We’re making memories.”
She was known for her fabulous desserts, and the last pieces were often fought over. She was always first to jump in no matter the activity and was a fierce competitor when board games or cards were played. Never daunted by last-minute requests to add someone to the dinner table or stop by for the weekend, Mary Ann was always happy to accommodate and to know her was to love her.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Lafayette and Ruby Heath, and her brothers, Lafayette Heath Jr., and Charles Heath.
She is survived by her husband Rodney Gail Kring; daughter Amy Barrett and her husband Randy of Spring, Texas; step-daughter Karen Wagner and her husband David of Rosharon, Texas; step-son Tom Kring and his wife Ashley of Richardson, Texas; step-son Scott Kring and his wife Leslie of Richardson, Texas; grandchildren Jackson Wagner, Taylor Bonner, McKenna Wagner, Katie Garces, Mason Barrett, Kennedy Barrett, Presley Barrett, and Karma Kring; and two great-grandchildren McKinley and Trinity Bonner.
Visitation will be held at Lake Ridge Chapel from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, October 7th.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church of Lubbock, 2201 Broadway, Lubbock, Texas, 79401 on Saturday, October 8th at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the First Baptist Church of Lubbock’s Mission Program, www.firstlubbock.org/give, 2201 Broadway, Lubbock, Texas, 79401.