Mary Frances Mann died Friday, July 27, 2007, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. She was 82.
Mrs. Mann was born Oct. 5, 1924, in Mexico, Mo., to Richard Clyde and Margaret (Wilfley) Nichols. She moved to Miami in 1928. She graduated as salutatorian in 1942 from Miami High School. She continued her education at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and Missouri Southern College, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology in 1963.
Her employment as a caseworker for the Child Welfare Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services led to her appointment as county administrator. She served as a volunteer for the Miami Baptist Hospital Auxiliary and the Dobson Museum and as a precinct poll worker for numerous elections. She was a member of Chapter DR of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for 49 years and attended national conventions. Other memberships in Miami included Friday Study Club, Twentieth Century Club, United Methodist Women's Circle, American Legion Auxiliary, Miami Garden Club and the Pilot Club.
She married William Jack Mann on Jan. 12, 1945, near Lawton. He survives.
Additional survivors include one daughter, Barbara Hill and husband Justin of Lawrence, Kan.; one son, William Jack Mann Jr. and wife Clara of Shawnee; two sisters, Jean Craig Osborn of Cardin, and Margaret Goerlitz of Westminster, Calif.; five grandchildren, Vanessa Johnson, Andrea Packard, Natalie Anderson, Erica Hill and Matthew Mann, and four great-grandchildren, Matthew Johnson, Katherine Johnson, Cameron Packard and Samantha Packard.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Nichols and Martha Nichols.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church with pastor Carole Minter and the Rev. Bob Barker officiating. Burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home in Miami.
Memorial are suggested to the First United Methodist Church of Miami and may be made directly or through the funeral home.