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Mary Louise Stockdale

Mary Louise Yaggy Stockdale

Mary Louise Yaggy Stockdale

Mary Louise Stockdale, 95, of Amarillo, died Tuesday November 13, 2018.

Services will be at 2:00 PM, November 17, 2018, at Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 Polk Street.  Arrangements are Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mary Lou was born in Hutchinson, KS, Jan. 5, 1923 to John Aaron Yaggy and Martha Cleo Whitaker.

An accomplished musician, she began playing the piano at age 4.

Mary Lou studied math and music at Friends University in Wichita, KS leaving the university to serve as one of the first female meteorologists with the National Weather Bureau during WWII.

She met and married Forrest Ferrall Stockdale in 1946.  Together they raised four children.  They moved to Amarillo in 1953 after living in Iowa City, IA and Raton, NM.

She served as church organist at West Amarillo Christian Church for 35 years.  She taught piano lessons for more than 70 years retiring at age 90.  She was an Amarillo Symphony ticket holder for more than 60 years.

She was a member of West Amarillo Christian Church since 1953, the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, National Federation of Music Teachers, National Assoc. of Music Teachers, Amarillo Music Teachers Assoc., MacDowell Music Club, and one year was Amarillo Music Teacher of the Year.

Mary Lou is survived by her sister Jacqueline Tack, her four children Kathryn Louise and husband Lewis Thomas, Martha Ann and husband James Conkling, Rebecca Jean and husband Richard Booth, Sidney John Stockdale and wife Janetta, 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to Faith City Mission and Salvation Army.

Visitation will be from 6-7 PM, Friday, November 16, 2018, at the funeral home.


  • Judy Munger Posted November 15, 2018 8:57 pm

    Saddened to hear of your loss. Never thought of Mary Lou without smiling! Such a vibrant personality! Thinking of you all this time.

  • Lisa Flanagan Posted November 17, 2018 8:25 am

    Kathy, Ann, Becky and Sid: I am so sorry to hear of your precious Mom’s passing. I have wonderful memories of the good old WACC days with Mary Lou on organ and the wonderful choir. Just know the wonderful memories can never be taken away from you. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Love, Lisa

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