Mary Ann McCartney Roberts

Mary Ann McCartney Roberts

Mary Ann McCartney Roberts, age 87, of Winnfield, Louisiana, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2021.

Mary was born on February 23, 1934 to Julian “Mack” and Mary Inez Strange McCartney.

Almost six years later, a sister, Julia McCartney Green, came into their home. She was reared on the Banks of Dugdemona near Maxwell Ferry in lower southeast Winn Parish, except for a brief time in Pineville in the 1940’s. She was educated at Curry and Winnfield schools. In October 1952, she was saved and attended Beulah Baptist Church. Mary attended Northeast State University (BS) and Northwestern State University (MS), where she studied Home Economics.

She taught Home Living and Science for thirty years in the Winn Parish School System, where she received the O u t s t a n d i n g Secondary Education Award in 1973. Mary married Thomas Lavelle Roberts and lived in the Curry Community from 1956 until 2021. Reading, traveling, and puzzle solving were hobbies she enjoyed. Mary loved God and served Him at Beulah, Crossroads, and Pleasant Hill Baptist Churches. She became grandmother to Cheryll, Chantry, and Dustin Riley, who were the joy of her life.

Her motto: To Teach Is To Touch A Life Forever.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 38 years, Thomas Roberts, parents Julian and Inez McCartney, sister Julia Green, and brother in law Donnis Green.

She is survived by her grandchildren Cheryll Riley Carlton (Michael), Chantry Riley, and Dustin Riley (Stephanie), great grandchildren Jacob, Lauren, and Zachary Carlton, Hayden Dobson, and Sidney Riley, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 13, 2021 in the Chapel at Southern Funeral Home with Reverend Dick Enterkin officiating. Interment followed in the Guin-Cox Cemetery.

Friends visited with the family in the funeral home on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers were Chantry Riley, Dustin Riley, Michael Carlton, Bo Hannegan, James Michael Roberts, and Aubrey Bailey. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at

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