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Mary Ann Semons

February 1, 1942 July 8, 2024
Mary Ann Semons
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It is with heavy hearts we announce the homegoing of our “Granny”, Mary Ann Semons. She passed away peacefully in her daughter’s home in Greenwood, Arkansas, on Monday July 8, 2024. She was 82 years old. She was born February 1, 1942 in Nashville, Tennessee to Rube and Bessie York. Granny, as she was affectionately known by all of us, retired from the Vernon Parish School Board serving many years at North Polk Elementary School at Ft. Polk.

She was known for being a hard worker and having a heart that seemed to pour out love to everyone. To know Granny was to love her. After moving to Louisiana from Tennessee many years ago, she married our Papa, Harvey Semons of Hornbeck. Together they made a home that always had cold sweet tea in the refrigerator, some sort of food on the table all day everyday, and a whole bunch of front porch sitting. We will forever hold those quiet lazy afternoons spent on their porch visiting, never knowing who might show up. Granny was the type of person who made everyone feel welcome and special. Her kind, humble and thankful demeaner made her a very special person in many people’s lives. She loved her family unlike any other. She took care of Papa after he underwent a heart transplant. It is an agreed on fact in our family that the only reason we were able to have him so long was obviously our God allowed it, but also because Granny took such good care of him. We were truly blessed that God gave us Granny.

She is survived by son, Robert Collins of Hornbeck, Louisiana; two daughters, Teri Peek of Greenwood, Arkansas, and Linda Crutcher of Spring Hill, Tennessee; one brother, Harvey York of Zwolle, Louisiana; and two sisters, Hazel Cox and Margaret Green both of Tennessee.


When Granny married Papa she took his family as her own. The word “step” was not in Granny’s vocabulary. We all belonged to her in her heart. She is also survived by two stepdaughters, Talitha Lewing and husband John, Sr. of Anacoco, Louisiana, and Jamye Semons of Hornbeck, Louisiana; Louisiana step grandchildren, Big John Lewing II, Leah LeBlanc (Mikey), Dusti Parker (Whitney), Daniel Parker, Jake Lewing (Leslie), Emilee Watkins (Anthony), Carly Meyer (Judah), Luke Arnold (Abby) and 14 step great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Harvey Semons, one daughter, Janice Collins, stepdaughter and stepson, Darla and Donnie Parker, and step granddaughter, Dana Parker.

Granny will be greatly missed but we know in our heart that she has finally arrived where she has wanted to be since we laid our Papa to rest – what a great reunion is happening there now.





There will be a graveside service at Toro Cemetery near Hornbeck later this month under the direction of Jeane’s Funeral Service of Leesville. The date and time will be posted on this website.

God saw her getting tired

A Cure was not to be

So he put His arms around her

And whispered come with me

A golden heart stopped beating

Two hands are laid to rest

God broke our hearts

To prove to us

He only takes the best







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