Mary Ann Kiser, 83, of Girard, Kan., died at 9:05 p.m., Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in the Heritage Nursing Home in Girard where she was a resident since Oct. 27, 2010. She was born Nov. 29, 1927, in Girard, a daughter of James M. and Hazel (Peak) Hyndman.
She grew up and attended schools in Girard and received her degree in elementary education from Kansas State Teachers College, now Pittsburg State University.
Mary Ann married Donald Jene Kiser on Nov. 7, 1947, in Girard. He preceded her in death on Jan. 7, 1977.
Mary Ann was a teacher in St. Paul and Hepler and teacher coordinator for the Head Start program. Her passion was helping children.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Girard.
Survivors are a daughter, Marti Kiser of Hepler, Kan., and a son, Maurice Lee Kiser of Hope Mills, N.C.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Jane Stwalley, in 2009.
Informal memorial services and a singspiration will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Girard with Pastor K.O. NooNoo officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Hepler Cemetery. Friends may call after 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard.
In lieu of flowers, Mary Ann's wishes were for her relatives and friends to perform an act of kindness, especially for a child, a friend, or a stranger. She was a firm believer that what one puts into the lives of others comes back into one's own life.
Condolences may be sent to www.wallfuneralservices.com