Mary Virginia (Winn) Exon passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
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Mary and her husband, Robert Exon, now deceased, were residents of Evergreen and Hiwan Village for more than 40 years. Mary was born in Canton, Mo., on March 30, 1931, the oldest daughter of Colman and Kiula Winn. She attended Culver-Stockton College where she met her husband, Robert Gene Exon. They were married for 58 years before his death.
Mary was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Cheryl, and by her brother, C. Byron Winn of Fort Collins. She is survived by her siblings Don Winn of Bloomington, Ill., and Elsie Winn Brown of San Antonio, Texas.
Mary is survived by her four children, Gary Exon and wife Ladda Panyagosa of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Norfolk, Va., Pamela Exon Schlueter and husband Brent of Hendersonville, N.C., Melody Exon Kosowski and husband Jim of Beckley, W.Va., and Donna Exon Armstrong and husband Michael of Aurora.
Mary Exon is also survived by 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Christa (Chris) Dening (her children Jeremy and Cheryl), Monica (Brad) Kelsey, Cheryl (Amber) Armstrong, Marcela Schlueter, Melinda (Chad) Hasselbach, Charla (Josh) Schlueter, Keith (Natasha) Kosowski, Andrea (Derek) Smith (her children Timothy and Danny), Natalie Armstrong, Mitch (Jenny) Kosowski, Russ Kosowski, and Elizabeth Kosowski.
Mary grew up in eastern Missouri and as an adult worked her way westward until she fell in love with Colorado. Her careers were varied along the way. She briefly took classes to become a doctor before becoming a mother. At one time she owned her own business, which allowed her to nourish her love of travel. She and her husband drove the entire Mountain West in their Winnebago. She was most recently employed at The Seniors' Resource Center and the Yellow House as a caregiver.
She and Bob settled in Evergreen 40 years ago where they could wake up to a view of Mount Evans and the beautiful blue skies. She especially loved Evergreen Lake, where she would go paddleboating and ice-skating. She enjoyed taking her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on drives and picnics all through the Front Range. She was active for many years in PTA, as well as Cub and Girl Scout leadership.
In the spirit of her love for science, Mary donated her body to medical research so that future physicians can benefit.
A memorial service is scheduled at the Vogt Auditorium of Mile Hi Church of Religious Science, Sixth and Garrison in Lakewood, at 10 a.m. on June 21, 2014. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in Mary Winn Exon's name to the Coleman and Katherine Winn scholarship fund at: Advancement Office, Culver-Stockton College, One College Hill, Canton, MO 63435.
Published in Canyon Courier from Apr. 16 to Apr. 22, 2014