Mary Jane Tidball, age 85, of Jasper, Missouri passed away peacefully at her home, of over 60 years, on January 19, 2023.
Mary Jane was born January 6, 1938 in Lamar, Missouri to Ralph "Bill" William Moore and Mary Jane "Mattie" (Arner) Moore. She was a 1956 graduate of Lamar High School. On August 31, 1956, Mary Jane married Alonzo Lenord Tidball in Lamar, MO.
She was the hardest working, most dedicated mother, grandmother, wife, and farmer around. At anytime, of any day, anyone could walk into her home, be graciously welcomed, and offered something to drink or a five course meal. If desired, you could be told anything from minute by minute commodity prices, daily kept in journals; sports stats from a grandchild or very easily, without much provoking, be asked of her beloved St. Louis Cardinal record, which would immediately cause her to squawk, at her husband, at how badly they had beat the Royals in previous years. Nevertheless, she was an impeccable record keeper.
Mary Jane was an avid gardner and homemaker, who always loved to cook. She took pride in her garden and enjoyed tending to it daily. She shared that passion with her children and grandchildren, including teaching them to grow and maintain their own garden and spending most Saturdays and Wednesdays, during the summer, taking her grandchildren to sell their vegetables at the Farmer's Market....for donut money. She was known for her dedication to the farm that she and Lon called home for so many years. During farming season you would see her hauling grain, bringing seed, or delivering lunch to the field. She was an invaluable help to the farm she loved so much.
Her ultimate pride and joy were all of her grandchildren. She rarely, if ever, missed anything they were involved in and knew no boundaries as she was always front row and the loudest cheerleader for them, both academics and sports, rain or shine. She was always the first to take food and vegetables, grown in her garden, to friends or elderly in need, and never made a trip without her children, but eventually her grandchildren in tow, planting lasting seeds of faithful service to her community.
The most important thing in her life, to her, was her family. It's what she lived for. Her husband, her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. They absolutely meant the world to her and when present, she was beaming with pride of them all.
Survivors include one son, Mike Tidball; two daughters, Teresa (David) Carpenter and Tracy (Chad) Keutzer, all of Jasper, MO; 11 grandchildren, Tyler (Courtney) Tidball, Trevor Tidball, Matthew (Ashley) Carpenter, Rebecca (John) Isenmann, Monica (Sheldon) Baugh, Jimmy Keutzer, Caleb (Lindsey) Tidball, Jacob Tidball, Isaac Tidball, Jared Tidball, Eliza Tidball, along with 14 great-grandchildren.
Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alonzo; one son, Mark Tidball; and three brothers, Wayne Moore, Wink Moore and Roy Moore.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Daniel Funeral Home with burial to follow at Waters Cemetery in Jasper, MO.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at the funeral home.
Because of her and Alonzo's long-termed dedication and service to Waters Cemetery, memorial contributions are suggested and made payable to Waters Cemetery in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
Condolences may be shared at www.dfhlamar.com