Obituary of Mary Ann Kadera |

Obituary of Mary Ann Kadera

Mary Ann Kadera (née Moss) went home to be with the Lord on September 9, 2014.

A celebration of life for Mary Anne will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Kent Kadera’s home, Fri., Nov. 7.

Mary Ann was born May 19, 1991, In Williamsville, Mo., to Martha (Mallory) Moss and Samuel Moss. She was the youngest of four girls. Mary Ann lost her dear father at the age of eight. Her mother sold the family farm, Mary Ann’s birthplace, and off they went to Pasadena, Calif., to live closer to relatives.

Mary Ann had fond memories of her growing up years back home in Mo. and in So. Calif. Her favorite farm memories involved her father helping her jump into the hay pile from the upper level barn door. She told stories of her mother making butter by hand, and then “refrigerating it” by wrapping it and placing it in the cool stream by their house. In Calif., her older sister, Marie, took care of her while her mother worked. Mary Ann went to Pasadena Community College and then on to UCLA, graduating with a degree in physical education. She was the first in her family to graduate from college.

Mary Ann met Jack Kadera in high school. They married in 1941, and Mary Ann then saw Jack go off to war. Upon his return, they had two sons, Kent and Michael, whom they raised in Fullerton, Calif. Mary Ann was very active in Fullerton First Baptist church. About 15 years ago, Jack and Mary Ann moved to Grass Valley to be closer to son Kent, wife Susan, and grandson Sean. Mike and his wife Sandy live far away in Guatemala, where they raised their four children, Andrew, Melissa, Laura, and David. MaryAnn became active in Nevada City’s First Baptist Church where she both made friends and was loved by many. She came to live in Kent’s home about eight years ago where she never made a fuss.

Mary Ann is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren with two more on the way.

Mary Ann and husband Jack were married 64 years before Jack’s death in 2005. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Mable, Myra, and Marie.

All who knew Mary Ann remark on her warm, kind personality, qualities that made those around her feel loved.

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