Mary Ann Beard

Mary Ann Beard

90, Memphis, Tenn.

Graveside service were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017, in the Woodlawn Cemetery for Mary Ann Beard, 90, of Memphis, Tenn., who peacefully went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 17, in Memphis, Tenn. Father Tommy Conway officiated at the services.

Born in Providence, R.I. on Jan. 29, 1927, she lived in Columbia for most of her life and most recently resided in Memphis, Tenn. Mary, a devout Catholic, was a loyal member of Holy Trinity Church in Columbia. She loved playing games, especially bingo, solving word-search puzzles and baking pound cakes for her family and community. She was lovingly known as “Nannie,” and she made friends wherever she went.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, L.F. Beard, and her parents, Sam and Susie Piccolo. 

Survivors include her brother, Sam Piccolo Jr. (Karen); daughters, Susan Beard and Diane Lawrence; grandchildren, Kim Campbell (Christopher), Lee Stringer (Shannon), Amy Lawrence (Justin Fox Burks) and Lindsey Lettvin (Moishe); great grandchildren, Kristen Payan (Benjamin), Christopher Campbell, Courtney Buras, Mason Stringer and Amelia Lettvin, and one great-great grandson, Bennett Payan.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities USA in Mary's name.