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Mary Ann (Place) Unsell,

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Mary Ann Unsell, age 76, passed away quietly during her sleep on December 23, 2015, as a result of the final stages of cancer in Alamogordo, New Mexico. She fought the battle for 42 years, and is now at peace.

She is survived by her husband Jesse Unsell, her children Cheryl Johns and husband Christopher, Patricia Franco, Davy Unsell and wife Teri, and Pamela Thomas. She is also survived by her grandchildren Ryan and Steve Johns; Dwayne Franco and wife Voni, Bryan Franco; Tyrel, James, Samuel, and Kathleen Unsell. She is survived by and took great joy in her great grandchildren Payton, LuLu, Jasmine Franco, and Ginger Franco.

Mary was born in El Paso, Texas and was married in 1957 to her childhood sweetheart. She was an accomplished and passionate stained glass artist, an art she took up early in the 80's. She took great pride in teaching, creating her own beautiful renderings of the Southwest environment, and the Native American culture; art that was sold throughout the United States. She loved being outdoors, and she and Jesse were lifelong rock hounds traveling all over looking for gems and stones from North America.

In 1992, she took her first steps in Alaska and instantly fell in love with the towering snow covered mountains with green in hues that is hard to imagine, the many glaciers and freezing rivers and lakes. She loved Alaska from the minute she stepped foot on her; she will be happy to come to her chosen home.

She will be cremated in Alamogordo, New Mexico with a memorial to be held at a later date.

The Unsell family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 3 to Feb. 2, 2016
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