Born January 9, 1934 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Mary Sue was the daughter of Reuben “R.W.” McAllister and Jewel (Baker) McAllister. One of seven siblings, Mary Sue would grow up near her birth community and, out of necessity, quit school to help care for her family. In fact, she would be responsible for much of the cooking, cleaning, and childcare.
It seemed this way of life resonated with Mary as she later owned and operated a daycare business and offered childcare services out of her home. She certainly loved children and loved her family. Mary has been described as: loving, welcoming, a servant, and one who put others needs before her own.
At age 17, Mary Sue married and, over the next several years, welcomed three sons: James, David, and Michael. Although that marriage dissolved, she would find true love when she met John David Abney. The couple married November 28, 1969 and made their home in the Oklahoma City area. They adopted a little girl, Susan, who passed away and later adopted their daughter, Mary Suzanne.
In Oklahoma City, Mary owned and operated Abney Daycare. Upon moving to Moore, she ran an in-home daycare and then just focused on being a stay-at-home mother and homemaker. It was through this endeavor that she always had a place for anyone and everyone. She loved to cook for her children and their friends. It was in this role that she was known to be a bit spunky and even ornery at times.
In her spare time, Mary enjoyed being around her friends. She belonged to a group called TOPS that met together regularly and played in a softball league. She also enjoyed walking daily, with her best friend, and fishing whenever she got the chance.
Mary absolutely adored her husband and spoke of him daily – even after his passing. Once they had an empty nest, the two found joy in being parents to two furry babies: Rambo and Sadie. (Mary and John may have been known to make regular stops at McDonalds for these pups).
A prayer warrior and a woman of faith, Mary knew her Lord and Savior and her family takes great comfort in knowing that she is now at rest with God and with those who have gone on before.
She was preceded in death by: her loving husband, John David Abney; her children: sons: James and Michael Robison; daughter, Susan; her parents: Reuben McAllister and Jewel (Baker) McAllister; her siblings: brother, Marion McAllister (Carol); sister, Irma Yocum (Bob); sister, Betty Newlan (Joe); sister, Orberdell Riddle (Vernon); an infant brother, Buddy.
She is survived by: her daughter, Suzanne McCorkel of Bixby; son, David Robison; grandchildren: Madison McCorkel, Parker McCorkel, and Jason Robison; siblings: brother, Thomas McAllister and wife, Sharon; sister, Shirley Hale and husband, Dallas.
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