Private family memorial services for Mary Katherine Baker Lust, 84, will be held broadcast live on Marvin United Methodist Church’s Facebook internet page, on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at 11:00 am with Pastor Gerry Giles officiating.  Mary Kay died on July 2, 2020, after a short illness, and was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Harris, of Austin, Texas.  Mary Kay was born June 1, 1936, in Milwaukee, WI, to the late Katherine Dekrel and Allan Keith Baker. She graduated Hillcrest High School in Dallas, and earned her B.S. from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, and her Masters in Art and Criminology from the University of Texas at Tyler. Her teaching experience included freshman English at U.T. Austin, English at University of Puerto Rico – San Juan, and English and Spanish at junior high schools Dallas and Tyler, and at Tyler Junior College.  After her children were in school, Mary Kay worked in the retail business and as a bridal consultant and department manager for the Christmas Store, R.L. Davis, and R.J. Jewelers.  After marrying her beloved husband, Bill, in 1959, she moved to Tyler, where she fell in love with the community. She was on many community boards and committees, including Keep Tyler Beautiful, TREES, Heart of Tyler, East Texas Symphony, Marion Wilcox, Jr. Garden Club, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Women’s Board, Leadership Tyler, and Women in Tyler.  She was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler, and a was deeply involved with the Choir.  Mary Kay is survived by three children, Kenneth Lust of Austin, David Lust, of Tennessee Colony, and Lisa Alverson, of Austin. She had 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Special thanks to GeGe’s Caring Heart and the loving women who provided care: Gladys, Terrie, Teresa, and Maudesta.  In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Marvin UMC Music Ministries, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Foundation, East Texas Symphony Orchestra, or your favorite connection to her.

Obituary courtesy of the Tyler Morning Telegraph.  To view the obituary on the Telegraph’s site, please click the link below: