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TEAM, Mary Ann (Biles)

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Mary Ann Biles-Team went to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 23, 2004.


She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Tommy Team. Mary Ann and Tommy were high school sweethearts and married on June 3, 1958 at Putnam City Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

They met in first grade and attended school together for 12 years. Mary Ann remembered their elementary days and often recalled Tommy chasing her on the playground.

Their first date was their sophomore year at the Spring Dance. Tommy knew from their first date Mary Ann was the love of his life.

After Tommy returned from serving in the Marine Corp they were engaged and married shortly after.

From this wonderful marriage Tommy and Mary Ann have two loving daughters and four grandchildren. Gayle Smith and her husband Myles of Edmond and Suzette Johnson and her husband Chris of Edmond; 4 grandchildren, Tifani Smith-Conway and her husband Brian of Stillwater, Adam Myles Smith attending Baylor University, Abby Fay Johnson and Anna Hope Johnson both of Edmond.

She was born and raised in Oklahoma City daughter of Fay and Helen Biles. She attended Putnam City Schools graduating in 1956 from Putnam City High school. She attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha and graduated from Central State majoring in Physical Education in 1960.

Mary Ann came to know Jesus as her savior as young girl, her passion and faith for the things of the Lord continued throughout her life. Tommy and Mary Ann raised their children at Putnam City Baptist Church, and enjoyed their retirement years attending and fellowshipping in Church of the Servant.

Mary Ann was a gifted physical education teacher from the beginning; she not only taught young people she made them feel special and unique no matter their physical abilities.

She received the award for Oklahoma's Outstanding Teacher in 1975 and was included as an Outstanding National Teacher of The Year. Mary Ann began her teaching career at Star Spencer teaching many years at DD Kirkland and also at Hefner Jr. High, ending her teaching career at Heritage Hall.

Her passion for education continued even after she retired and she spent her retirement years helping her grandchildren learn the fundamentals of physical fitness and good sportsmanship. She even helped coach her grandson Adam's little league baseball team to their division championship as the EAST 'Fireballs'.

Mary Ann always had a heart for those in need and in her retirement years reached out by becoming a Contact volunteer spending several years comforting people through this organization. Mary Ann will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all those whose lives she touched through her loving, caring and nurturing spirit.

In lieu, of flowers the family requests donations be made in Mary Ann's name to any of the following charities: Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Church of the Servant Television Ministry, reaching homebound people. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 28, 2004 at Church of the Servant.