Mary Ann Speaks was born on June 10, 1938 in Ekron, Kentucky. She departed this life on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Harford Memorial Hospital, Havre de Grace, Maryland. Mary was raised in Ekron by her grandparents, Edgar and Beulah Richardson.
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She lived in Ekron until she married Frank Speaks and supported him throughout his military career. Together they travelled across the United States and raised three children. Frank & Mary settled in Aberdeen, Maryland upon his retirement from the Army. Frank passed in 1977.
Mary began her community service journey by volunteering and fundraising for projects near and dear to her heart. As member of Charlton-Miller Post 6054, she held every position from Guard to Auxiliary President. Mary chaired many fundraising projects, which included Maryland Cancer and Research Program. This was one of her most successful fundraising projects on behalf of the Women’s Auxiliary.
Mary also served as the last President of the SyPaw #10 (MOCA). At the end of her term she obtained a Perpetual Charter that secured SyPaw #10’s future ability to establish an Auxiliary. In addition she chaired other fundraising projects: Voice of Democracy; Buddy Poppy; Americanism and Loyalty Day Programs.
Mary leaves the following to cherish fond memories, her children Jesse Speaks (preceded in death), Gina James and Teresa Gonzales; Grandchildren Unishio Gant, Shanda Speaks, Maiysha James, Gabriella Gonzales, Madeleine Barr, and Marianna Barr; Great-grandchildren Lyric James, Dustin Beresh, Nia James, Khari Gant, Remmington Beresh.