Mary Anne Blossom
January 12, 1936 – September 7, 2022
Mary Anne Blossom was born on January 12, 1936, in Topeka, Kansas, to Victor Muller and Lydia Muller (Cunningham).
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Charles Blossom, and four older siblings: Thomas Muller of Arcadia, Florida; Arthur Muller of San Antonio, Texas; Joan and Muriel Muller of Topeka, Kansas.
She married Jack on October 24, 1959, in Topeka. Jack and Mary Anne were members of Holy Name Parish and were active members of their church community and volunteered for the parish bazaars to help raise money for the school and parish.
She grew up in Topeka and received a teaching degree from Mount Saint Scholastica – Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Mary Anne started her teaching career in a rural one-room schoolhouse. She dedicated most of her career to teaching elementary school in a Catholic school, with most of her years spent teaching at Holy Name Catholic School. After leaving the classroom in the 1980s, she became a clerk at the Shawnee County Probate Court and worked there until she retired in 2001.
She was active in the Topeka community, volunteering her time to make her neighborhood a safer and prettier place to live. She volunteered for the Holiday Park Neighborhood Improvement Association.
She served as secretary of the association for many years, worked on neighborhood preservation and restoration projects, and participated in the neighborhood crime watch. She and her husband, Jack, were both court-appointed volunteer Guardian/Conservators for the Kansas Guardian Program and enjoyed representing more than 10 clients during their tenure. Mary Anne also served as an after-school tutor and tutored elementary school children in her neighborhood in reading and math.
Mary Anne is survived by her two children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Her daughter Anna Maria Muldrow is married to Harry Eugene Muldrow of Topeka, Kansas. Her son Andrew Joseph Blossom is married to Tammy Harrison Blossom of Omaha, Nebraska.
She has four grandsons, Harry Dodds Muldrow II and William Lacy Muldrow of Topeka, Kansas; Jonathan Skyler Blossom of St. Louis, Missouri; and Cameron Rhodes Blossom of Denver, Colorado and one granddaughter, Jacqueline Adele Blossom of Omaha, Nebraska. Mary Anne has three great-grandchildren who live in Topeka.
In 2011 after living for 76 years in Topeka, Mary Anne sold her home at 1314 Lane Street and moved to Omaha, Nebraska. She joined St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and was an active volunteer and parishioner for over 10 years. She was a member of St. Monica’s Circle and served as their secretary for several years.
She counted Sunday collection money and participated in many groups, including the Silver and Gold’s Group and SVdP Crafters, where she made prayer shawls for the sick. She enjoyed participating in a number of sessions of Seeking Truth Bible Studies at various parishes in the Omaha community.
She enjoyed many hobbies, including traveling, painting, puzzles, reading, watching classic movies, crocheting, and bird watching.
Mary Anne died at the age of 86 on September 7, 2022, at CHI Lakeside Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
VISITATION: Monday, September 12th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, September 13th at 10:30am, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive. Interment, Mount Calvary Cemetery in Topeka, KS. Memorials are suggested to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church or EPS (Essential Pregnancy Services).
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