2014-05-08 / Obituaries

Mary Ann Redding

Mary Ann Redding, a loving wife and mother, passed away on March 14, 2014 at the age of 51.

Mary Ann was born on September 26, 1962 in Tacoma, Wash. to the late Laura Lee and Dillard Leslie Bennett. She grew up in the Central Valley, where she would later meet and marry her lifelong love Eddie. They fell in love, got married and made their home in Mariposa in 1984. They would go on to raise three children who were Mary Ann’s pride and joys. She always put her children first. She promised that she would never move them from school to school as she had experienced this as a child. She took pride in the fact that all three of her children attended Woodland Elementary School and all went on to graduate from Mariposa County High School. She was their biggest fan and never missed one Halloween carnival, field trip or award ceremony.

In addition to being a loving and dedicated wife and mom, she gave her life to rescuing abandoned and abused animals. She did this for the last 20 years of her life—and it all started with the cutest little white boxer named Domino, whom she loved and adored.

The fact that she could give love and life to animals who were mistreated or abandoned filled the Redding home with smiles, laughter, tears and overall love.

Mary Ann took such joy in the little things in life. Her garden always bloomed the most beautiful flowers, primarily roses and irises. She was the helping hand to many in their time of need, whether it be opening her home, giving her last dollar, or simply sharing that beautiful smile she wore so well. She loved spending quality time with her family and treasured the loving bond she shared with her children.

The day each of her children married their true loves, she was over-the-moon excited. She was a beautifully creative woman, and enjoyed planning the beautiful country weddings of her daughters. The most recent joys in Mary Ann’s life came in Oct. 2010 and Sept. 2012, where she became a grandma, or “GiGi,” as the little ones called her. She absolutely loved making them laugh and spoiled them with all the grandma love you could imagine.

Mary Ann made it her lifelong goal to be the best mom, wife and friend possible. She by far succeeded at this. Both of her daughters give much credit to their mother for the women they are today. Her guidance, kind heart, and determination to live life to the fullest paved a path of strength, love and compassion for them both. She will be forever loved and missed by her family and friends.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband Eddie Redding of Mariposa, son William Harris of North Carolina, daughter and son-in-law Megan and William Atkinson of Mariposa, daughter and son-in-law Kayla and Joseph Allen of Mariposa, grandsons Colby Harris and Axton Allen, and lifelong best friend Kathie Watson of Iowa.

A beautiful private celebration of life for Mary Ann was held on April 27—where her life was celebrated with love, laughter and smiles.

In recognition of Mary Ann’s lifelong propensity for taking in abandoned, stray and abused animals, her family asks that in lieu of flowers, a generous donation in her name can be made to the Mariposa SPCA at P.O. Box 671, Mariposa CA 95338 or to Nor- Cal Boxer Rescue at 1520 E. Covell B-5 PMB #262, Davis, CA 95616 (or online at www.ncbr.org).

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She was a beautiful and

She was a beautiful and caring person. She will be remembered and missed by many.

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