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Mary Ann Ladd


1940 - 2017 Notice Condolences Gallery
Sept. 6, 1940 April 1, 2017

Mary Ann Ladd (Wotring) passed away at home in Benicia the night of April 1, after Dad read her two Psalms. A stroke in January 2016 changed her abilities yet, she fiercely said she wanted to "raise some hell" to Dad recently.

Laughter, Christian faith, delicious food, tea, wine, EXTREMELY strong opinions, and smiling were our Nana/ Flame/ Cruiser, who taught K-3 at Hilltop Christian School and later, art at North Hills. Mom encouraged us to cook and bake and was soooo good at it. Butter and half-&-half were staples. She routinely helped Dad with his delicious BBQs and so many holiday feasts. Outings for Mexican food and Pizza Pirate pizza were great fun.

Her ability with plants and gardens was special. Hummingbirds flit among her succulents, Meyer lemon tree and hundreds of other plants. She transformed a dusty and sad-looking yard into a green haven when we moved in 25 years ago.

If you see a thrift store or garage sale and feel a certain pull, Mom influenced you. Her NYC apartment was 100% thrifted. Milk glass, furniture, and quilted treasures were but a few of her many faves.

She fed scores of cats, who once lined up to follow her, parade style, on Benicia's Main Street. Kitty-Kitty slept at Mom's feet during her last week. Buster, Misty Stars, Little Dickens (brought home from a friend's restaurant, of course) and Muska are the other felines Mom loved. A crazy dog named Rascal would eat Mom's shoes and make huge garbage messes, but she still always wanted to help him.

Born to Ed and Ellen Wotring, in Huntington, WV, she graduated from Marshall University. Mom lived in San Antonio and was one of the original hippie chicks right there at Woodstock with her younger brother, Eddie. She met dad in San Francisco at Glad Tidings Temple. They married in Golden Gate Park's Shakespeare Garden in 1973.

Survived by husband, Bob; daughter, Mary Ruth Ladd and husband, Oscar Villalon; son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Gretchen Ladd; adorable grandsons, Cipriano Robert Villalon and Jackson Robert Ladd.

An April 15 celebration of life will be at First Baptist Church, 2025 Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo, at 10 a.m. Following the celebration of life, stories and laughs will be shared at The Benicia Veterans Memorial Hall, 1150 1st Street, Benicia, around 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donate to The First Baptist Church to help kids go to camp, and feed the homeless. Mom volunteered there. Local hospice is another fab donation option.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Apr. 8, 2017
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