|Death: ||Nov. 22, 2006|
Mary Ann Grass Burney
Mary Ann Grass Burney, Lakeland, Fl. - Mrs. Mary Ann Grass Burney, 65, died of cancer Wednesday, November 22, 2006.
Mary Ann Grass Burney was a real people person who never met a stranger. If she called you honey, baby, darling or precious you were considered a friend. Even though she was my mother, she was one of the most friendly, caring and loving individuals I have ever known, stated her daughter, Tina Dampier.
A few years ago during National Secretary Week, her employers Ted and Donna Smith, owners of Green Leaf Sod Farms submitted the following to The Ledger which I think is quite apropos in describing my mother's personality: WOMAN OF MANY HATS - Our secretary is the wind beneath our wings. Honestly, we could never have asked for a better secretary. She is our bookkeeper, personnel director, receptionist, she is everything rolled into one. She always greets every caller with a "hello darling." If someone calls and is upset about something, they are happy before she is finished with them. She is loved by all--from our employees to our customers. Most of our business is over the phone, but we have had people make a special trip out to our office just to meet her and put a face to the voice. She is always there for us and always has an open ear and broad shoulders to hear and help you with a problem. Her namy is Mary Ann Burney.
She was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas. As a youngster she was heavily involved in motorcycle racing such as Turkey Runs and Mini Cross Country Runs. Her motorcycles of choice were Indian and Norton. Her many medals proved her ability.
She and her family moved to Winter Haven in the summer of 1951 where she quickly adapted to water skiing. She became the youngest female tournament water skier at Cypress Gardens at that time. Her athletic ability enabled her to become a champion winning many titles and awards in jumping and slalmon.
She graduated from Winter Haven Senior High where she was a cheerleader, Calendar Girl and a Senior Notable (Friendliest). She earned degrees in business and accounting at Florida Southern College.
In her seventh month of pregnancy she was told to quit skiing. Realizing she could not just sit as she had always been so active, she decided to try bowling. She really fell in love with this sport and devoted considerable time in teaching youngsters or "her babies" as she called them, all aspects of the game. She was so proud of having received her "Advanced Certification" for coaching from the two top professional bowlers, Billy Welu and Ray Blueth. She also proved her athletic abilities once again by winning many titles and awards. She was a member of the R.A.T.'s team that won the National bowing title in 1990. Her team bested over 10,000 teams which consisted of over 50,000 women, professional and amateur, from all over the world. She was inducted into the Florida Bowing Queens Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service, had (5) 300 games, which (3) were sanctioned and last but by no means the least, she was inducted into the Lakeland Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame for Meritorious Services. She cried all the way home from the ceremony, tears of joy at such an award being bestowed upon her by her peers locally.
My mother was a very emotional person, even crying at commercials on TV. There would be tears of joy, anger or sadness. We all would tease her about this. She will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.
She is survived by her son James N. Greene III, daughter Tina L. Dampier, (3) grandchildren and (1) great grandchild.
Cremation Services of Mid-Florida, Davenport.
Published in the Ledger on 11/23/2006.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Autumn
Record added: Nov 25, 2006
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