Mary Aliff Cole Tennant

Mary Aliff Cole Tennant, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away in Houston, Texas, May 2, 2019, after living a full, long and happy life of 94 years surrounded by her large extended family and many dear friends. Mary was born in 1924, at home, in a house that is still standing in Brock, to Bessie Augusta Patterson Cole and George Washington Cole of Spraggs.

Mary attended a one room school house in Spraggs through eighth grade, then graduated from Mt. Morris High School. Mary and Daniel Clay Tennant were married after his return from World War II on April 3, 1947. Mary worked in a dress shop in Waynesburg, while her husband attended Waynesburg College, graduating in 1949. Their first daughter, Donna Kay, was born later that year.

Dan, Mary and Donna moved to San Antonio when Dan was recalled by the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict. After a brief stint in Houston, they moved to Ithaca, N.Y., where Mary gave birth to Rebecca Lynn in 1953 and Barbara Jan in 1955.

The family then lived in Framingham, Mass., Hamburg, N.Y. and finally Houston, Texas, as Dan worked for Tennessee Gas Transmission Company. They retired in 1984 and traveled to 48 states in their travel trailer. Dan and Mary also enjoyed golfing, bridge, gardening and spending time with family and friends. Daughter Barbara gave birth to their only grandchild, Daniel Gary Able, in 1992, in Houston.

Mary is survived by her husband; three daughters, Donna Tennant, Rebecca Tennant and Barbara Tennant, all of Houston; a grandson, Daniel Able of Denver, Colo.; and her beloved cat for over 10 years, Monty Pierre. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members spread over the country, all of whom will miss her warm smile and her infectious laughter. Per her wishes, there will be no funeral service but the family will have a memorial service in Houston to celebrate her life, at a later date to be determined.

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