Mary Rachel Atwater Shugart, 97, of Pueblo, Colo., was born on May 30, 1914, in Elkhart Ind., to Thomas and Flora Atwater, and passed away March 3, 2012. She married James Virgil Shugart in 1935. To this marriage, three children were born: Marvin Leroy Shugart, Donna Verlene (nee Shugart) McNally and Mary Lee (nee Shugart) Hines. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Flora Atwater; five brothers, Myron, Walter, Winter, Roscoe and Clarence; two sisters, Elsie and Lillian; her husband, Virgil Shugart; two children, Marvin Leroy Shugart and Verlene McNally; and one grandson, David Hines. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Hines; two grandchildren, Kathy (Henderson) Nicholls and Michael McNally; five great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; son-in-law, Peter McNally; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by many others who called her 'Gram' during her lifetime. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church. Viewing, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012, with the family present from 4 to 6 p.m. and service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Viewing and service in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Kathy and Family,
    Grams was a sweet cookie, when I met her I could not stop laughing. She was fun to be around. Remember her always and smile for she brought joy to many. Special condolences to the family we love you Grams.

    Wynell

  2. Mary Lee & Kathy, there’s nothing anyone can say to lift the weight of sorrow at the loss of a loved one. Just know that you are in our hearts and our prayers, as you are in so many others at this sad time.

  3. Kathy, I know how important your Grams was to you. I went through the loss of my Granny in January 2000, and I could feel MY Granny every time you talked about your Grams. I can tell you that you will have all the love and support you will allow others to give as the hurt you are feeling just transforms itself into the funny or beautiful or otherwise special times you have memories of, and they really will get stronger. My prayers go out for your Grams and, of course, for all of your family. I wish you peace, my wonderful friend, now and always.

  4. Kathy,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I know how much Gram meant to you. Take comfort that she is resting in the arms of God, and that he will continue to lift you and your family up in this time of grief.
    We will be thinking of you all tomorrow.
    Norma

  5. I know Gram only from all the interesting and entertaining stories that Kathy has told. How blessed this family has been to share their lives with such a loving and spirited soul. Her legacy will continue in how she has influenced and touched all of you. May God bless and sweet memories bring you comfort.

  6. I feel blessed to have met Kathy’s Gram about 20 years ago. She was such a sweetheart & fun to be around. May God bless the family and give them peace beyond our human understanding. You are all blessed to have such beautiful memories of an absolutely wonderful person. God bless you all.

  7. Kathy and Henderson,

    My heart is with you as you say goodbye to your dear Gram. You were very special to each other, and your stories made her special to all of us who got to know her through those stories. Sending prayers and hugs to both of you.

  8. My heart is with you and your family during this hard time. I know you all have many wonderful memories that will help carry you through this and the days to come.

  9. I remember the year you brought Gram to Modesto for one of our AAMT Board meetings. She always had such a spark about her and clearly was a woman who knew what she wanted. Over the years I have heard lots of wonderful Gram stories, may you treasure each of those memories as she has given so much joy to you and many others over her wonderful life.

  10. Dear Kathy,
    I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved “Gram.” Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for you.

  11. Dear Kathy
    May the peace of God be with you and your loved ones in this time of loss. May you find comfort in the knowledge of God’s unfailing love and the memories of Gram.

  12. Wish we could be there, but our thoughts and Love are with you. Gram was a Fantastic Lady, all will miss her.
    Love You

  13. Dear extended family. I know you will all miss “Gram” a lot. She will always remain in your hearts and you will find days that you are doing something and it will just remind you of Gram and her spunky attitude. Hugs!

  14. May God provide comfort to your family as you celebrate this very special person who is treasured by you and by God.

  15. My deepest sympathy in this time. I have learnt that holding on to the happy memories get you by one day at a time. Kim (Trsi B’dos)

  16. Kathy, she was “Gram” to so many of us, and you shared her so generously. Her love for you was obvious, and you did a beautiful job of easing her passage. Thank you so much for allowing us to be part of her life.

  17. Kathy and Henderson, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved “Gram.” From everything Kathy has said about her she sounds like such a lovely person and exactly what a grandmother should be…a soft place to land when life gets tough and a friend. I hope you all find peace in the coming days and comfort in knowing she left this world with a gift that too few people have, and that is knowing how deeply loved she was by you.

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