Mary Ann Sipes

Mary Ann Sipes

October 23, 1939 – July 9, 2021

Mary Ann Sipes departed this earthly life to receive her heavenly reward on July 9, 2021, after a courageous battle with COPD and liver failure. She was born in Sallisaw, OK, to Wilton “Bill” Latimer and Lois McMahan Latimer on Oct 23, 1939; the family later moved to Oklahoma City when Mary Ann was a teenager. In her youth, Mary Ann enjoyed mothering her younger twin sisters, playing the piano for the Methodist Church and learning to crochet, eventually receiving 1st and 2nd place ribbons at the Oklahoma State Fair. She met Kenneth Wayne Sipes in chorus class at John Marshall High School and the two married on August 23, 1957, at Britton Church of Christ where they became active members. She gave birth to daughter, Debbie, on Christmas Day of 1960. Mary Ann was more than a devoted mother; she was Debbie’s very best friend. Kenny and Mary Ann would have celebrated 64 years of marriage this August. Mary Ann was a hard worker, assisting Kenny in building a successful marketing business. Her excellent shorthand and typing skills paved the way to becoming a well-accomplished Executive Secretary/Assistant. Having worked for many insurance executives and higher education administrators in her career, she retired in 2001 after 20-years of service at Oklahoma Christian University. Following the death of pre-mature twin grandsons, she found solace in her hobby of crochet. She began designing preemie caps and booties for ICU infants at area hospitals, which lead to designing crochet on a much larger scale. Her designs have been published in articles and numerous books sold nationally, making her well-known among crochet enthusiasts and the crochet industry. Being of humble spirit, although featured in Woman’s World magazine, she never drew attention to herself for her accomplishments. Above all, Mary Ann loved her family and treasured spending time with them. She is preceded in death by her parents and infant grandsons Jason and Rusty Bowen. She is survived by her husband Kenneth, daughter Debra Rigsby and her husband Philip, grandson Shelby Rigsby, sister Sandra Hart and her husband Gary, all of Edmond, sister Linda Ryser of Moore, eight nieces and two nephews. She was a long-time member of the Crochet Guild of America and the Edmond Church of Christ. Viewing will be held at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday July 14th from 1:00 until 8:00 p.m. with family present to greet friends from 5:00 until 7:00. Services will be held Thursday July 15th at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 a.m. followed by the burial at Memorial Park Cemetery.

8 thoughts on “Mary Ann Sipes”


    Mary Ann was always enjoyable to be around. We have known Kenny and Mary Ann since the late seventies. She was a beautiful mother, grandmother, wife, friend and Kenny’s best friend. We always enjoyed our visits with Mary Ann and Kenny. Debbie had the greatest mother to share her childhood memories with. Mary Ann was the best example of what a mother should be. The world would be a better place if all families had a loving mother like Mary Ann.

    1. Debbie Sipes Rigsby

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write such kind and thoughtful words about my wonderful mother and friend. We truly treasure such comments. Our best to you and your family.


  2. Linda Dills

    I only knew Mary Ann for a short time thru our Primetime Bible Class, but always thought she was a lovely lady with a sweet and gentle spirit. My prayers are for God to comfort Kenny, Debbie and all of the family. God bless each of you.
    Linda Dills

  3. Eileen Roberts

    I had the privilege of working with Mary Ann at Oklahoma Christian University in the 90’s. She was one of kindest, most genuine and beautiful people I have known. Her smile was always such a blessing to us as well. She will be missed by all especially her beloved families.

  4. Deanna and Tim Pickering

    My thoughts and love go out to Mary Ann’s entire family at this sad time. Michelle’s connection to her aunt has been very strong and meaningful, and I know Mary Ann’s love of creating and sharing her talents for the benefit of others will live in in her niece. As Michelle’s good friend, I thank her aunt for sharing this passion with her, thereby making Michelle’s life that much richer. Love to all.

    1. Debbie Rigsby

      Very much appreciated, Deanna, thank you for your kindness. Michelle is blessed to have a friend like you.


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