The cowbells are ringing in Heaven as the Lord welcomes Home one of Mississippi State University’s most devoted baseball fans. Mary Francis Thaxton Lindsey passed away in the early morning hours of Aug. 28, 2012 from continued medical complications. She was born Aug. 15, 1929 in Starkville.
A strong nurturing woman enjoyed every moment of live until the age of 83, Lindsey was an inspiration to all who knew her by beating breast cancer, surviving heart surgery to put in a pacemaker, intense food allergies late in life, as well as a stroke. Her life was one of service to the Lord and her fellow man. She served in the Selective Service Office of Oktibbeha County in the 1960’s.
She also retired from the Forestry Department at Mississippi State University as well as served as house mother for the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity on MSU campus for 17 years where she touched countless lives. After retirement she kept busy by working in the church office at First Baptist Church in Starkville, as well as working with the Singles Department and teaching Bible Drills for many years.. As her eye sight began to fail from Macular Degeneration, the Lord led her to leave Starkville.
She left in Starkville her younger daughter, Merry Pennell, son-in-law Joe Pennell, granddaughter Katie Ruth (Wife of Dale Ruth), grandsons Ben Pennell and Sam Pennell as well as great-granddaughters, Lindsey Claire Ruth and Mary Grace Ruth. Lindsey moved to Blue Springs to be with her eldest daughter Dr. LeAnna Hollis as she raised her son Ryan Hunter Hollis. She remained in Blue Springs until her passing Tuesday morning, but took frequent trips back to Starkville to visit grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an avid baseball fan and attended as many MSU baseball games as possible each year. Her love for baseball was only surpassed by her love for family and the Lord.
Visitation will be held at 9 a.m., at First Baptist Church Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 with the services following at 10 a.m. In leiu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to either the Celiac Foundation at Celiac.com or to the New Children’s Building Fund at First Baptist Church of Starkville.