Mary Ann Karnes

Mary Ann Karnes

Mary Ann Karnes, 89, of Dongola, and formerly of Ullin, died Monday, July 11, 2022, at Integrity Healthcare in Anna.

She was born on June 5, 1933, in Ullin, the daughter of Don A. and Naomi Elizabeth Robinson Carlock.

On June 14, 1951, Mary Ann married Walter Aldrich. He preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1970. She then married Billy Karnes on Oct. 6, 1970. He preceded her in death on March 21, 2008.

She spent most of her life as a homemaker. Throughout her working years, she was employed by Crain Funeral Home and Smoot Oil. 

She loved spending time in her yard, and taking care of her flowers. She loved her morning coffee and watching “The Price is Right.” Her greatest joy in life was her family and spending as much time with them as she could.

Survivors include her children, Susan (Denny) Karraker and Scott Aldrich; three grandchildren, Elizabeth (Wade) Burns, Edward (Rebecca) Aldrich and Brian (Brandi) Karraker; great-grandchildren Alycia (Eric) Ellett, Kelsie Hand, Noah Smith, Emily Aldrich and Natalie Aldrich; great-great-grandchildren Liam, Raelynn, Kaden, Makenna, Charlotte and soon to be born Everleigh; and several other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husbands, Walter and Billy. 

Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 20, at 1 p.m. at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola, with Pastor Brent Miller officiating. 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Ullin Cemetery. 

Memorials can be made to the Ullin Cemetery. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.  

Crain Funeral Home in Dongola is in charge of arrangements.

To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

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