Mary was always willing to lend a helping hand, offer advice, tell stories, and most importantly love hugely, openly, and indiscriminately. Some will miss hearing her reminisce about life growing up. Others will remember precious memories of her throughout her life, such as picking and canning vegetables, her delicious cooking, and simple conversations held throughout her home. People will never look at certain things without being reminded of Mary; a pot of homemade chicken noodles; a fresh baked cobbler cooling from the oven; a baby being rocked to sleep; a basket of yarn waiting to be crocheted; or an open romance novel placed on an arm of a chair waiting to be finished.
We say goodbye to the woman who touched many. To the woman who never let a soul leave the kitchen table without a full stomach. The wonderful lady who spoke her mind when needed but also knew when to help make and keep the peace. The loving mom and grandma who had the best quirky sayings, warmest hugs, most welcoming home, biggest smiles, loudest laughs, and endless amounts of love. This strong willed woman who raised eight children who in turn will pass on all those life learned lessons upon their children and the many more generations to come. These lessons, the memories made, and the love shared means Mary is truly everlasting in all of us for we must remember in our time of pain “the ones that love us never really leave us”. We simply gain another angel to look over us and greet us once again when our time has come. And oh what a glorious angel heaven hss gained.
Mary Fienhold lived a blessed life with many loved ones. She was the daughter of loving parents, Homer and Sallie Davis. Mary admitted we didn’t have much but we never did without. She was one of eleven children which meant many siblings to grow up with and share chores. She married Gerald Fienhold on January 1, 1955. They had eight children followed by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After 12 years apart it only seems appropriate Mary was called back to Gerald on the day of their 64th Anniversary for which they were finally able to kiss above the stars.
Mary is survived by three sons, Randal Fienhold, John Fienhold, and Andrew Fienhold; four daughters, Gail Ellis and husband, Garry, Sandra Winfree and husband, Jim, Daryla Lash and husband, Dennis, Jeri Luna and husband, Kevin; twenty grandchildren; twenty-four great grandchildren; a brother, Jerry Davis and wife, Nancy; two sisters, Freda Bridges and Martha Sims.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald; a son Charles; a daughter-in-law, Julie Fienhold; grandson Jeffry Ellis; four brothers, Mack, Burl, Jim, and Darel, and three sisters, Sue, Patsy, and Helen.
Funeral services for Mary Fienhold will be Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Carter Funeral Home, West Plains with Pastor Dennis Leonard officiating.
Mary will lie in state from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.
Burial will be Udall Cemetery, Ozark County, Missouri under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.