Mary Ann's Story
Mary Ann (Pounds) Faulkner was born to Claude and Agnes Pounds on December 6, 1945, in Gadsden, Alabama. At an early age, Mary Ann showed great talent for the piano, and she performed her first public concert at the age of 8. Mary Ann continued to flourish in music and in her education under the guidance of her mother, an elementary school teacher, and her grandfather, Dr. Joshua Gann, a Methodist minister and later district superintendent. Mary Ann's father, Claude, was a steady, faithful force in her life, providing support in all her endeavors.
By high school, Mary Ann was named to Girl's State, she was valedictorian of her class, and she was selected to study music under Dr. Alexander Uninsky at Southern Methodist University. In college, Dr. Uninsky honed Mary Ann's music skills, and she was invited to play internationally. Mary Ann was named Phi Beta Kappa while finishing her undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama.
After graduation, Mary Ann met Arthur, and they ultimately settled in Decatur, where they raised their two children, Scott and Kathy. The family found a home at First United Methodist Church, where Mary Ann played the piano every Sunday for more than 30 years. Mary Ann was a professor of English literature at Calhoun and a tireless volunteer for her community, including Decatur City Schools. She, with the help of others in the community and in the school system, brought advanced placement courses to Decatur High in the 1980s. In the summers, Mary Ann taught Scott and Kathy about foreign countries before traveling to those countries each summer. Over time, Mary Ann and Arthur showed their children 52 countries on 7 continents. Above all, she and Arthur gave all they could to the success of their children.
Upon her retirement, Mary Ann focused her energy on the welfare of animals, particularly dogs. She gave time and resources on a daily basis to make sure that all creatures were cared for properly. Perhaps Mary Ann's greatest joy came in the form of her grandchildren, Gann, Hattie and Marley. There are no words to describe how she loved them and how they loved her in return.
Mary Ann is survived by her husband of 46 years, Arthur, her son, Scott (Lindsey), her daughter, Kathy Youngren (Robert), her grandchildren, Gann and Hattie Faulkner and Marley Youngren, as well as cousins and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Mary Ann's life with a donation to Peace Love and Animals (Tanner, Alabama), The Ark, Inc., the Humane Society, or a local animal shelter in your neighborhood.
Published on November 28, 2017