Mary Ann Lanier Hogan succumbed to Parkinson’s disease on June 4, 2021. Mary Ann passed away at home while in her husband’s arms and surrounded by close family members. She was 90 years old.
Mary Ann’s family, the Laniers, first came to Brooksville in the mid-1800’s and with great pride she continued her family’s long legacy in Hernando County. She loved her parents, Naomi Tracy Lanier and Thomas Jones Lanier, whom she affectionately called ‘daddy’. She had a close lifelong bond with her younger sisters; Nancy Mongoven and Janice Woodall, who both survive her. She and her sisters adored her little brother Tommy who served the United States military as a 34 year Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant. He pre-deceased Mary Ann.
After moving to Clearwater, FL with her family, Mary Ann met Thomas Sheridan Hogan on the second day of classes at Clearwater High in 1947. They were married in 1951 while Sheridan, as she always called him, was serving as a USMC Corporal. After active duty in the Marine Corps, they moved to Gainesville, FL where Sheridan graduated from the University of Florida in 1955. That same year, they moved their family to Brooksville and bought a drug store. Mary Ann served as Secretary of Hogan’s Drug Store, Inc. until they sold the store in 2003. Mary Ann and Sheridan had many adventures throughout their 74 years together; travelling the world and raising their family.
Mary Ann is survived by her husband, Sheridan, and by two of their 4 children: Thomas S. “Dan” Hogan, Jr. (Debbie), Marinda “Mindy” Ann Brandhuber (Tom).
Mary Ann accepted Jesus Christ as her lord and savior and never wavered from her faith. She is now joyfully reunited with her two children who predeceased her: Jeffrey Hogan (at childbirth) and Laurie Ellen Hogan Locke who passed away in 2011 and has been terribly missed.
Mary Ann is best known as a gentile Southern lady with a sharp intellect, a keen sense of humor, a working concern for community and country, but mostly for her boundless loving devotion to her family.
Dan and Mindy reminisce on notes of encouragement and love packed with every school lunch along with their sandwiches wrapped in wax paper; elaborate Christmas tree decorations; Christmas Eve hanging of stockings and the reading of the story of Jesus’ birth from the Book of Luke.
They also remember being caught off guard by a practical joke being played on them every April Fool’s Day. She was able to demand high standards of her children while still making growing up a lot of fun. She was a Boy Scout Den mother and Brownie leader and taught kindness by example. Laurie’s friends would refer to the Hogan house as a second home and called her Mayra. She taught her children to always hold their heads high, to do their best, be their best, be kind to others & each other, and to never forget how much they were loved by their mother and father.
“MayMay”, as named by her grandchildren, remember her as a fun, spirited, and energetic grandmother. She ensured that each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren knew that they had a unique and special relationship with her. They would all confide and rely on her as a trusted confidant and unwavering support system through the many turns of life. She made each one of them feel that there was no one more important than them.
She threw lavish birthday parties for her children and grandchildren spending hours, days, and weeks making elaborate costumes, ranging from hand sewn classic Snow-White dresses to papier-mâché Ninja Turtle shells, not only the birthday child, but for all the attending children as well. Every birthday cake was a work of art that reflected the interests of the birthday child. She encouraged their individual passions and creativity and shared own her love of creation with them in her kitchen, garden, pottery studio, and beyond. She was a gifted storyteller, creating elaborate sagas with funny twists whenever any of her grandchildren asked. She wrote a children’s book for them that they now share with their own children; passing down her love to the next generation.
Aunt Mary Ann was popular with all her nieces and nephews, many of whom would spend weeks or months in Brooksville with the Hogan’s during the summers. She included them in her life as they were her own children and made them feel loved and welcome always.
Her family was always her primary concern. But she also believed in the importance of education and community involvement. She returned to college in 1967 and graduated from USF magna cum laude in political science in 1970. She wrote a weekly newspaper column for the Sun Journal throughout the 1960’s called “Shifting Sand with Mary Ann”. She served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army, the Board of Governors of SWFWMD, Board of Directors of the Historical Museum and a member of the Hernando Chamber of Commerce. She was a founding member of STARS (Strong active Republicans). She and her husband each served as the Florida Republican State Committee members for many, many years.
Mary Ann was elected to the Hernando County School Board and was twice elected that office and acted as chairman in 1983.
But none of these accolades compared to the satisfaction she derived from her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be forever missed by all. She is survived by her grandchildren: Geneva Lanier HoganSmith (Randy Smith), Thomas McCoy Hogan, Mary Sheridan Trinque (Adam), Marinda Laurie DelPilar (Isaiah), Reynolds Lewis Watkins, Miles Russell Locke (Asha Morgan), Maren Carlyle Locke (Alex Leone), Malone Russell Locke and Mallory Lauren Locke. Her great-grandchildren: McCoy Hogan Smith, Ella Wynn Smith, Forbes Hogan Smith and Geneva “Neva” Hauber Smith; Hogan Adamson Trinque, Lauralee Elizabeth Trinque, Maryann Katherine Trinque, Caroline Mallory Trinque, Avonlea Gwendolyn Trinque, and Amelia Kate Trinque; Naomi Love Del Pilar, Elijah Thomas Del Pilar, Grace Laurie Del Pilar, Selah Catherine Del Pilar, and Titus Isaiah Del Pilar; Carlyle Ellen Leone and Henry James Leone.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Mary Ann's honor to A New Generation.
A New Generation
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