Mary Jean Gullett, age 81 of Bruner, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2024 in Ozark Nursing and Care. She was born March 1, 1942, to Simon and Ella (Hale) Smith in Bruner, Missouri. She lived a long life and touched the hearts of many. Mary attended Bruner School Building until second grade and later Sparta School. On September 26, 1958, she married Donald Gullett in Sparta, Missouri. They were blessed with three daughters, four grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Although Mary is no longer with us, her memory will live forever.
Mary is survived by her beloved husband, Don of 65 years; her three daughters Crystal Jones and her husband Rick of Sparta; Cheryl Hull and her husband Kerry of Oldfield; and Cindy Gullett of their home. She is also survived by her brother Bill Smith; close friend Shirley Snider; a sister Marjorie Cook and husband Tim; a sister-in-law Sue DeWitt and husband Bob.
Mary’s legacy lives on through her grandchildren: Nicole Humble and her husband Andy, along with their daughters Addison and Ella; Tyler Jones and his wife Kaycey, their sons Waylon, Nolan, Sutton, and Lawson; Ashley Forrest and her husband Dustin, their daughters Collyns, Finley, and Laynee; and Cody Hull and his wife Haley, their daughters Leighton and Landree.
Mary was preceded in death by her loving parents, Simon and Ella Smith, her dear in-laws Herman and Lina Gullett, her cherished sister and brother-in-law Mildred and Don Sisco, and sister-in-law Wanda Smith. Additionally she lost her sisters-in-law Betty Maggard and husband Otto, Alma Maggard and husband Hosea, Bula Patterson and husband Bill, Caroline Gullett, a nephew Randy Sisco and a niece Penny (Sisco) Loveland.
We will remember Mary, as a woman of strong faith and unwavering love for her family, friends, and community. Throughout her life, she worked tirelessly, holding various jobs and roles, from a carhop to a cook to a caring grandmother. Her dedication to her loved ones was evident in every aspect of her life, from her hard work on the farm and in the garden to her joyful attendance of events in her family’s lives. As she grew older, she cherished every moment spent with her great-grandchildren, reading books, telling stories, and watching them play. It is never easy to say goodbye to someone we love, but we find comfort in knowing that her passing is not the end. Through the love of Jesus and the promise of eternal life, we can look forward to the day we will be reunited with her forever.
The funeral service will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, February 1, 2024 in First Baptist Church, Sparta under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home with Pastor Duane Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Bruner Cemetery, Bruner, Missouri. Visitation will be 1:00 to 2:00 P.M., in the church. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.