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Mary Estelle Sturgeon – July 30, 2017

Mary Estelle Sturgeon, 75, of Pampa, died peacefully in her home Sunday, July 30, 2017.  Known as “Aunt Mary” to her family, she had a deep faith in God and was gifted with a heart to serve others. She lived quietly, eager to live out her faith in service to her family and others, content with letting “her works praise her in the gates”. (Proverbs 31:31).
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 4, 2017, at First Christian Church in Pampa, with Reverend Roy King officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo.
Mary Estelle Sturgeon was born on October 20, 1941, in Pampa, to Marie and Aaron Sturgeon. She graduated from Pampa High School in 1959 and Texas Christian University in 1963, followed by a Masters in History from the University of Houston.  Later in life, Mary earned another Masters from West Texas A&M to become a counselor.
Mary’s life was an extension of her deep faith, and this faith was carried out serving others as a teacher, as a counselor, as a volunteer, and to her family in her favorite role of “Aunt Mary”.   Mary taught for over 42 years, including 35 years for Pampa ISD teaching English and History, as well as being the cheerleading sponsor.  Her teaching style and quick smile inspired her students and earned her the respect of her colleagues. She volunteered at the Coronado Nursing Home – playing the piano and helping in other ways.  Mary was a member of First Christian Church all her life and loved to serve the church in any way; even planning her summer schedule around Vacation Bible School.  She was a Deacon, an Elder and the Chair of the Education Committee.
Mary’s greatest love and achievement was her family.  Growing up, she loved to spend time with her parents, brother Ben, and extended family.  As “Aunt Mary”, her nephews were like her children and she continued this tradition with her great-nephews and great-nieces.  She loved going to see them in sporting events and spending time together for birthdays and holidays. Mary grew up going to the mountains, and loved spending time with family at her beloved cabin.  Whether it was fishing or playing games or simply sitting on the porch and watching the rain, Mary loved it there and often said that was where she found her greatest peace and felt closest to God. “Come to me…and I will give you rest.” (Matt: 11:28).
Mary is survived by her brother, Ben Sturgeon, of Pampa; her nephews, Britt Sturgeon and wife Beth, of Canadian; John Sturgeon and wife Kim, of Amarillo, and Scott Sturgeon and wife Stacie, also of Amarillo.  Other survivors include her three great-nephews, Jackson, Keaton, and William; and her two great-nieces, Alixandra and Emma. She is also survived by future great-nieces and nephews, as well as numerous extended family members and friends.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Marie and Aaron Sturgeon.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to any of the following: PAWS, P.O. Box 2095, Pampa, Tx 79066; Snack Pak 4 Kids–Pampa, 701 Park Place, Amarillo, Tx 79101; First Christian Church-Education Committee,  1633 N. Nelson St., Pampa Tx 79065

12 Comments

  • Rex Rucker Posted August 2, 2017 4:08 pm

    Ms. Sturgeon was my English teacher in Jr High and I was her teachers assistant in High School. She was an inspiration though out the years. She will be greatly missed.

  • Eileen Kludt Posted August 2, 2017 4:18 pm

    My sweet Mary you will be missed. You were there everyday when my sweet husband Fran passed away. I wish I could have been there for you my sweet friend. My love and prayers go with you and your family.

  • Deana Schepp Posted August 2, 2017 4:34 pm

    Mary,
    It is sad to say goodbye. I will truly miss you! Sending prayers for Ben and your nephews.

  • Kenneth and Gayle Gist Steward Posted August 2, 2017 5:06 pm

    What a beautiful lady Mary was, in every sense of the word. Always having a kind word for everyone and sharing that gorgeous smile was her trademark. God bless each family member.

  • Norma Jean Fatheree Demmer Posted August 2, 2017 5:17 pm

    Ben, I am so sorry to hear about Mary. She was a beautiful lady and so much fun to be around. You and your family are in my prayers. Norma Jean Fatheree Demmer

  • Kaedean Hammond Posted August 2, 2017 7:44 pm

    To all of you, I extend my condolences and love, praying for your comfort at this difficult time. We have many fond memories of Mary and are deeply saddened to hear of her passing. Katelyn remembers some wonderful cookies Aunt Mary brought to the cabin on one of her stays there. She will be missed and we will forever hold wonderful memories of her in our hearts. Much love to you all. Kaedean

  • Judy Chase Butler Posted August 2, 2017 9:38 pm

    Mary, Mary how much you will be missed, especially at our class of 1960 reunions. That laugh and voice which were unmistakable, the welcome smiles and the funny comments. Rest in peace in the presence of our Lord.

  • Cindy Gindorf Posted August 3, 2017 1:43 pm

    My deepest sympathy to all the family. I have known Mary my entire life and experienced her in different times in my life. She did music when i was young and in VBS at church, then I later worked with her on the Education Committee at church and then as the parent of one of her students. she will be greatly missed.
    Cindy Presnell Gindorf

  • Valorie Werley Duncan Posted August 3, 2017 1:59 pm

    I had Mary for history in high school. She was so funny and made us all laugh. She was a very kind hearted lady and I know she will be missed.

  • Chris Ely Posted August 3, 2017 2:35 pm

    I have many fond memories of being in her classroom. A great teacher and a good friend.

  • Shannon Free-Matthews Posted August 3, 2017 7:53 pm

    Mrs. Sturgeon was one of my high school teachers. She was always consistently the same! Smiling, nice, caring, helpful and supportive to us kids in school. She will be missed. Praying for you all

  • Jackie and Suzy Sirmans Posted August 4, 2017 3:04 am

    Ben we will miss your sister. She was a glowing woman of faith and had a huge kind heart. We considered Mary a friend and mentor. Prayers for you and yours.

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