On Sunday, July 5th, 2020, Mary Ann Gillis, loving mother, devoted granny, and faithful friend, passed away at the age of 63.
Mary Ann was born on April 15th, 1957 in Alpine, Texas. She later moved to the Panhandle of Texas with her mother, where she attended Canyon High School and West Texas University. She loved her hometown of Canyon, Texas, and was an active member of the community before relocating to Colorado to be with her family.
A gifted artist, she loved sewing, doing needlepoint, and creating hand painted pieces. She had a keen eye for home decor and enjoyed creating beautiful spaces where people felt comfortable and at home.
She had countless friends and enjoyed sharing meals, coffee, and the occasional game of Bunco with them. She was always ready with a kind word and a genuine hug. She cared deeply for people and was a true and compassionate friend.
She was an enthusiastic football and baseball fan, which surprised those who were more familiar with her quiet side. She loved wrapping her hands around a warm cup of English tea and appreciated a plate of good ole Texas brisket. She lived her life being fully herself, while embracing the uniqueness of those around her.
Mary Ann adored her grandchildren. Her desire to watch them grow up was her motivation over the last few years. She poured her wisdom into them and played a vital role in their lives. She was committed to each of them, which was evident by her consistent and unconditional presence in their lives.
Mary Ann had an unwavering faith, and she lived it every day. She put action behind her words and beliefs. Even in life’s darkest moments, she remained steadfast in her faith in God and set a beautiful example of what being a Christian truly means. She found beauty in the simplicity of a life well lived, always striving to live by her motto “Have Courage and Be Kind.” Her absence in this life is felt by many, and she is deeply missed by all who had the joy of knowing her.
Mary Ann is preceded in death by her father, Carl, and her mother, Monica.
She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca, son-in-law, John and her four grandchildren, Logan, Emma, Jillian, and Samuel.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above;
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.” -T. Chisholm
Due to Covid-19 restrictions on large gatherings, a date will be set for the memorial service at a later time.