Mary Fennewald

Mary Louise Fennewald, 98, of Mexico, passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

A mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 12, at St. Brendan Catholic Church with Fr. Dylan Schrader officiating. Burial will follow in St. Brendan Cemetery.
Visitation is Monday from 10-11 a.m. at Arnold Funeral Home in Mexico.

Mary was born on Sept. 18, 1922 in Mexico, the daughter of Henry and Harriett (Byrns) Albus. She was the seventh born of nine children. On June 23, 1948 at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Mexico, she married Adrian Joseph Fennewald. He passed away on May 7, 1994.

Mary had worked for Southwestern Bell as an operator. Upon retirement, she was a caretaker for several toddlers in her home. Many of these children continued to stay in touch with Mary over the years.
Mary was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church. She visited many church members over the years, taking them holy communion and praying with them. Laundering and ironing altar cloths used by priests were just a couple examples of Mary’s quiet service to the church.

Mary had travelled all over the country. She visited Virginia, Florida, Texas, Wyoming and Colorado to mention a few states. Her favorite place was San Francisco, where she always dreamed of seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island and riding the cable cars.

Survivors include three children, Teri (Ron) Johnson of Ponce Inlet, Fla., Mike (Pam) Fennewald of Albany, Ga., and Pat McFarland of Centennial, Colo.; one grandson, Grant (Elizabeth) McFarland of Centennial, Colo.; one great-grandson, Auggie McFarland; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Adrian, Mary was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret, Leona and Cecilia; and five brothers, John, Frank, Robert, Bernard and George Albus.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. They may be sent in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.

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