On May 7, 2020, Mary Mae Boone Triplett, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, passed away in her home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mary was born, along with her twin, Willard Faye, on Jan. 29, 1940, to Oscar and Jewell Lynn Boone in Marceline, Mo.
She graduated from Marceline High School and attended Kirksville State Teachers College.
On Aug. 15, 1959 she married Jack McPike Triplett and moved to the Triplett family farm near Palmyra, where they raised three children.
She is survived by her husband, Jack; children, Deborah (Kirk) Larson, Lake Ozark, Mo.; Kelvin (Barb), Quincy, Ill.; and Keith (Kim), Palmyra; grandchildren, Kyle (Rachel) Larson, Sam and Spencer Triplett and Boyd, Luke and Janie Triplett; great-grandchild, Sawyer Larson; siblings, Dorothy Asher, Marceline; Roger (Marge) Boone, Marceline; Beverly (Gene) Kern, Ewing, Mo.; Arleta (Phil) White, Kansas City, Mo.; Willard (Carol) Boone, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and Valdena (Larry) Anderson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Oscar Boone and Jewell Lynn Boone; a sister, Roberta Ewing Powell; and in-laws, John Ewing, Gilbert Asher, Leola Boone and Kay Boone. She is also preceded by in-laws, Mary Frances and Wally Good, and Ruth and George Baughman.
Mary was active in many community activities and organizations. She taught Sunday School at Bethel Baptist Church for many years, was a Fabius 4-H leader, and Scout leader, and served on the Marion County Fair Board. She was a long-standing member of the local M-E Club and WMU.
She also enjoyed participating in Ann’s China Painting Club and the local Button Club. Mary was a very creative person and became a well-known area folk artist, displaying her paintings and china at the fair and local craft shows. She enjoyed many crafting, doll making and collecting projects, and collecting antiques.
Mary was also a genealogy enthusiast and spent many hours devoted to research, record keeping and sharing of family genealogy.
She was an active member of the Dorothy Quincy chapter of DAR, holding local, district and state offices for the club. She helped spearhead the Good Citizens Scholarship in Adams County for many years.
She also held membership in the National Society of U.S. Daughters of 1812, Sangamon River chapter; National Society of the Daughters of Colonial Wars; the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (1861-1865); and the National Society for Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.
Mary was proud of her Boone heritage, and held onto those pioneer attributes as she went through life, possessing a passion to try a new venture and persevere, to speak up and lead, and to serve and teach others.
Family was dear to her, and she relished attending family reunions on all sides, and keeping up with the activities of her children, grandchildren and other relatives. A special memory was hosting AFS student Geisha (Freddie) Neckelmann from West Germany for the 1979 school year.
Mary helped Jack with the farm work as a partner, driving tractors and trucks and helping with the cattle. She had peacocks and koi and had a green thumb for making anything grow in her yard and garden. She especially found joy in her fish ponds, solarium and gazebo. She will be deeply missed by family and friends.
A private family service will be held Monday, May 11, at Bethel Baptist Church. Pastor Dewayne Larenson will officiate. Mary will be interred at the Bethel Baptist Church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Kyle Larson, Samuel Triplett, Spencer Triplett, Boyd Triplett, Luke Triplett and Janie Jo Triplett.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 11, at Bethel Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery fund or the Fabius Community House.
The family is being served by Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel of Palmyra.
Online condolences may be made at www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.com.