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Mary Margaret Pounder

Mary Margaret Pounder

Was born in Caruthersville, Missouri on December 28, 1929. 

Departed this life at the St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on January 10, 2018 at the age of 88. 

She was the daughter of the late William Roy Thrasher & Hattie Mae Eaves Thrasher. 

Attended the Caruthersville Schools. 

On November 23, 1946 in Caruthersville she was united in marriage to Thomas LaFayette Hardesty. He preceded her in death on February 3, 1971. 

In 1978 she was united in marriage to Lawrence O’Dean Pounder. He preceded her in death on December 4, 2015. 

Mary enjoyed playing cards with her friends, gardening, working in her flower beds and cooking. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren. 

She was a former member of the Caruthersville Woman’s Club and was also active in the RSVP program. 

Mary was also a member of the Sacred Heart Church and the Catholic Ladies Organization. 


2 Daughters          –  Dianne Banka & her husband, Bill of Caruthersville. 

                                    Susan Duran & her husband, Rich, of Peotone, Illinois 

2 Grandchildren       Jennifer Spears     –  Kankakee, Illinois 

                                    Meredith Spears   – Charolotte, North Carolina 

2 Brothers                 Kenneth Thrasher  – Jackson, Tennessee 

                                    Bob Thrasher          – Gerald, Missouri 

3 Sisters                     Jeanette Hudgins   – Caruthersville, Missouri 

                                    Ruth Stimel              – Clayton, North Carolina 

                                    Josie Anderson        – Doniphan, Missouri 

2 Step-Sons               Gary Pounder          – Yorktown, VA 

                                    Gerry Pounder        –  San Diego, California 

& a very special person whom she regarded as her “third” daughter, Pattie Woods Grable, of Caruthersville along with many, many friends. 

She was preceded in death by 3 Brothers, William Roy Thrasher, Jr., Eugene Thrasher and Thomas Thrasher. 

Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Jaroslaw Skrzypek officiating. The interment was in the Pemiscot Memorial Gardens in Caruthersville. Pall-Bearers were Gary Pounder, Gerry Pounder, Rich Duran, Bill Banka, Patrick Hudgins and Chris Wade. The H.S. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the services. 

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