asked, "How are you?", mom often answered, "Good
for nothing." After a long time of suffering with Alzheimer’s
disease, cancer and diabetes, she is now frolicking with
angels in heaven, remembering all the names, words, dates
and special moments that have been lost to her for the past
Mary Wonedia Mason Warnick, age 84, died at her home in
Alpine, Utah on May 8, 2011. She spent her last months,
surrounded by family, friends and Hospice support and help.
Mary had some interesting ways of expressing herself in
different situations. She often announced her arrival in
your home, opening the door with, "Yoohooo." She
often woke us up with, "Rise and shine!" She also
would say, "Good morning, Mr. Sun." When we went
to bed she would say, "Good night, sweet dreams, sleep
tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite." She would
also say, while scolding someone, "…for the umteenth
time". She would also ask at the dinner table, "Who’s
number one? Everyone answered, "I am." and raised
She has several nicknames; Mary Lou, Grandma, Grandma-Nedia,
She took her best naps during the Price is Right, Matlock
and Sacrament Meetings. She tended to get the giggles when
watching AFV and when startled or surprised.
Born April 24, 1927, to Thomas and Calla Mason. She grew
up in the Parker, Muncie area of Indiana, with her brothers
John and Joe and her sisters Wilma and Myrtle. She served
a mission in the Northern States Mission where she first
met Merrill Eldredge Warnick. They were later married in
the Salt Lake Temple on September 7, 1950. They had four
children, Sandra, Merrill Mason, James Thomas, Andrea Lurena
Bishop and Verlinda Coochise Adams, a foster daughter. She
currently has 15 grand children/foster grandchildren and
15 great grand children/foster grandchildren.
She served in many different callings in the L.D.S. church
during her lifetime. She served as a Sunday School teacher,
a ward librarian, a genealogy teacher, a teacher in M.I.A.
(Young Women) and spent many years serving in various Primary
callings. She and her husband served a mission together
in Nigeria and California.
Throughout her life she enjoyed many different hobbies
and interests; genealogy, collecting tea sets, fishing,
painting, bowling, photography, camping, black powder events,
jigsaw puzzles, word search puzzles, games, and card games.
She was highly competitive and always loved winning, whatever
the game or event may have been. She loved visiting with
family and friends. As her illness progressed, she forgot
many things, but she never forgot to express her gratitude
for her blessings and she never lost her interest in visiting
with friends and family.
She is preceded in death by her husband, son, James, two
brothers, and one sister.
Funeral services for Mary will be held Thursday, May 12,
2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Alpine 1st LDS Ward Chapel located
at 676 North Eagle View Drive, Alpine, Utah. Family and
friends may call on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00
p.m. at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East,
American Fork, Utah and at an additional viewing at the
church on Thursday morning from 9:30 to10:30 a.m. prior
to services. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City