Mary Anne McCallum Rothermel passed into the arms of Jesus on June 5, 2022. Born on August 7, 1933, in Lumberton, North Carolina, she moved with her family to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where she grew up and met the love of her life, Walt Rothermel. They were married on March 7, 1953 and were blessed with 4 children born of their marriage.
Mary Anne was a woman of many talents and skills. She created beautiful dresses for her daughters for many years, and in her years as a grandmother created gorgeous French hand-sewn clothing and christening gowns to be used for generations to come. Although she didn’t really enjoy cooking, she was great at it and made the BEST fried chicken in the South. With all this said, her real specialty was shopping – oh how she loved to shop!
As a volunteer, Mary Anne served her churches in Alexandria, LA, and Texarkana, AR, as well as being a “Pink Lady” at hospitals in Alexandria and Texarkana. She had a heart of gold and was always ready to help when needed. Her absolute best attribute and passion was caring for her family. No one could take care of her family as well as she could!
Mary Anne is predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Walter C. Rothermel, Jr., her grandson Christopher Hailey, her parents Frances and Claude McCallum, and her sister Ruth McCallum Gent. She is survived by her daughters Julie Rothermel Simon (Bill) of Covington, LA, Carolyn Rothermel Adams of Woodstock GA, and Tracy Rothermel of Little Rock, AR, and her son and daughter-in-law Ashley and Alan Rothermel of Pineville, LA. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Ashley Simon Sellers (Brandon) of Birmingham AL, Lindsay Simon Leidl (Pete) of Baton Rouge, LA, Rachel Adams (Chris) of Houston, TX, Caleb Adams (Vicky) of Shreveport, LA, Ben Adams of Fayetteville, AR, Logan Scott Rothermel (Paige) of Glendale, CO, and AJ Rothermel of Aurora, CO. She was blessed to be Great-Grandma to Jack, Mille Anne, and Tabb Sellers of Birmingham, AL, and is also survived by brother-in-law Gene Carlton, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Everyone who loved Mary Anne will miss her spirit, humor. and love of family. Her family has countless fun and happy memories of her and are thankful she lived such a good long life. Never a dull moment was had in her company.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in memory of Mary Anne to Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org/georgia. A special thank you to nurses and CNAs at Northside Cherokee Hospital in Canton, Georgia and at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in Cumming, Georgia, for taking such special and nurturing care of Mary Anne in her last days.
A memorial service and interment will be held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Louisiana, on Saturday, June 11th at 11:00 in the morning.