Mary Ann Dours
July 21, 1943 - September 15, 2022
Our beloved wife, mom, grandma, aunt, sister and friend, Mary Ann Jones Dours, passed
away on Thursday, September 15, 2022, age 79. She was born July 21, 1943 in New
Orleans, Louisiana to Carl Edward Jones and Mary Ellen Bleuler Jones.
Mary Ann attended East Jefferson High School in Metairie, LA, where she participated in
student council, school yearbook, Junior Red Cross and the presidency of her sorority. She
attended University of Louisiana at Lafayette and received a bachelor's degree in English
and a minor in French Literature from LSU New Orleans.
A blind date is where Mary Ann met her future husband, Jerry. By their second date,
which was a long car ride home to New Orleans via an LSU game in Baton Rouge, Jerry
knew she was the girl for him. They were married at St. Catherine of Siena in Metairie on
December 28, 1964. After becoming members of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints, they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mesa Arizona Temple
in 1975. Mary Ann and Jerry enjoyed 58 years of marriage and were blessed with 4
children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandsons.
Mary Ann’s life was characterized by service to others. She was an advocate for the
underdog and downtrodden in society. From student teaching in the 9th ward of New
Orleans to teaching Head Start in Washington state, she had a love for those who
struggled in this life. There was nothing she wouldn’t do to help her family, friends,
students, church members and those in the community.
Blessed with a great sense of humor, compassion and talent for creating relationships,
Mary Ann made many amazing and enduring friendships over the years. She counted
those friends as some of the biggest blessings of her life. Those who knew her benefitted
by her many talents. She was an incredible cook, a thoughtful and gracious gift-giver, a
gifted artist, a selfless caregiver, listening ear and shoulder to cry on.
Being a true Southern girl, Mary Ann was a master of etiquette and manners - there was
never a tupperware returned to its owner empty or a thank you note not written. She was
a lover of all things from New Orleans, but most especially their fried oyster po’boys.
Mary Ann is survived by her devoted husband, Jerry; her children: Jennifer (Shane)
Christensen, Patrick and Phillip; 8 grandchildren: Abby, Cade, Madeleine, Jack, Megan,
Claire, Brady and Cael; 2 great-grandsons: Atlas and Kalum. She is also survived by her sister Judy Hewes. She was
preceded in death by her parents Ed and Mary Ellen and daughter Susan.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at the Washington City
Cemetery located at 300 Parkview Drive in Washington, Utah, at 10:30 am.