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Mary Margaret Sturdivant
July 24, 1937 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Mary was born on July 24, 1937, to Robert Edward and Margaret Hanson Portmann. Throughout her remarkable life, she touched the hearts of everyone she met. She was a pillar of strength, wisdom, and kindness, leaving an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to know her.
A dedicated social worker at heart, Mary's compassion and commitment to helping others defined her professional journey. She retired as the State and Regional Director of Children with Disabilities with the State of Texas, leaving a lasting impact on countless lives. Mary's tireless advocacy for children with disabilities and their families earned her the admiration of colleagues and community members alike.
Mary also served as a Registered Nurse at Red River General Hospital. Her caring and nurturing nature made her an invaluable member of the healthcare community, touching the lives of patients and their families during times of need.
Mary was known by many endearing names, each reflecting a different aspect of her multifaceted personality: Mom, M.M., M&M, GrandMary, Nana, and Ms. Mary. These names symbolize the various roles she played and the deep connections she forged with her family and friends.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Mary was a member of Mensa, a testament to her intellectual curiosity and sharp mind. She valued knowledge and intellectual pursuits, inspiring others to explore the world of ideas. After retirement, she continued her advocacy work as a member of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature and served as an ombudsman, ensuring the rights and well-being of the elderly were protected.
Mary is preceded in death by both her parents, Robert Edward and Margaret Hanson Portmann, and her brother Ross Charles Portmann. She is survived by her children: Ricky Sturdivant and wife, Sherry, of Orange, TX; Cathy Lopp of Texarkana, TX; Randy Sturdivant and wife, Donna, of Texarkana, TX; and Carol Cross and husband, Allen, of Maud, TX. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Logan Lopp; Conner Lopp and wife, Tori; Ashley Sturdivant; Austin Sturdivant and wife, Barbara, and Samuel Cross. Mary is further survived by her great-grandchildren: Emmett Lopp and Oakland Lopp.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2024, in Lindeman Chapel of Clarksville Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Colgrove officiating. Visitation will be an hour before service time at Clarksville Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Mary Margaret Sturdivant will be dearly missed but fondly remembered for her dedication to others, her warm heart, and the positive impact she had on the lives she touched