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Mary Anestra Tunia, June 21, 1948~December 24, 2014

Mary Anestra Tunia, 66, Fayetteville AR., died December 24, 2014 after a long struggle with cancer. Born June 21, 1948 in Biloxi, MS., Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Beverly (Ferguson) Tunia; and brother, John Tunia. Survived by her lifelong friend, Mary Scheele; two godsons, Corey and Ezekiel Mayberry; sister, Andrea Tunia and spouse, Leigh Sterten; sister-in-law, Yvonne Broyles Tunia; and niece, Theresa Tunia (Russell) McKee; and two great-nephews, John and Sam. Mary served as a Religious Sister of Mercy for 27 years, and earned a Masters of Education degree. She also worked for the Arkansas Department of Human Services until her recent retirement.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.

Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be set up so please send donations to Beard’s Funeral Chapel, 855 South Happy Hollow Road, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

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    Sabrina and Cass Moquett » 30. Dec, 2014

    You are in our thoughts and prayers

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    Bill and Doris Douglas » 30. Dec, 2014

    Thinking of you

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    Mary Jo Kline » 02. Jan, 2015

    Mary Ann was one of the strongest women I have known. I enjoyed working with her. I will keep her family in my prayers.

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    Lisa Dennis » 02. Jan, 2015

    I will miss you, Mary Ann. Peace and love for eternity.

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    Heather H. » 02. Jan, 2015

    MAT was a wonderful, kind and special soul and I was fortunate enough to call her my friend. I am grateful I was able to visit with her a couple of times in the months preceding her passing. She always had a smile and she fought a good fight. There is another special angel watching over us!