Mary Nell Speers, longtime resident of Shawnee, passed away surrounded by family on Sept. 11, 2018, at the age of 82.

Memorial services will be held 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Sharon Baptist Church with Pastor Clint Dawkins officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. 

Mary was born in Shawnee, to James and Viola Baker on Jan. 28, 1936. She attended Shawnee Public Schools through graduation in 1954. She married Ted Speers in 1955 and forewent a full scholarship to art school to start her family. Mary was a selfless wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor, and friend. She was funny, generous and beloved by all who met her.

Mary is preceded in death by her father James Baker, mother Viola Baker, husband Ted Speers, sons Steve, Chris, and Kelley Speers, sister Bonnie Baker, sister Doris Nowlin, and sister Betty & spouse Raymond Harrison, grandson Tyler Speers, all of Shawnee, and brother Hammer and spouse Mary Baker of Checotah, Oklahoma.

Mary is survived by son Ted Speers, Jr of Oklahoma City, daughter Carrie & Robert Stokes of Shawnee, daughter Lori Souders of the home, daughter Brenda Marsh of Tecumseh, 21 grandchildren, and many, many great grandchildren.