Mary Ann Jarmon King passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016 in Natchitoches. She was 78-years-old. Funeral serves are being handled by Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home. Visitation is tentatively set for Sunday, May 1. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home chapel Monday, May 2 with Bro. Tommy Rush officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches. Mary Ann was born in DeQuincy May 4, 1937 to Williams L. Jarmon and Mary Elizabeth Buie Jarmon. She spent most of her childhood in Rayville. After graduating from Rayville High School she graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. Afterwards, she completed her degree in elementary education at Northwestern State College. In 1960 she married Leonard Wayne King whom she met at Northwester. Mary Ann taught for seven years in the Caddo Parish public school system. She and her family lived in Lufkin, Texas for two years before returning to Natchitoches in 1969. Mary Ann’s passion for over thirty years was volunteering and coaching her son Michael, in Special Olympics at the local and state level. During that time, she spent two years as director of the Red River Area Special Olympics. She was a tireless volunteer at the Natchitoches ARC beginning in the 1970s and was a part of the ARC when their children’s class was moved to the Natchitoches Parish School System. She later served as director on the Natchitoches ARC Work Activity Center for 20 years before her retirement in 1999. While at ARC she was instrumental in the inception of he Early Infant Intervention Program which later became the Natchitoches Preschool Center. Mary Ann spent most of her adult life working with and advocation for both children and adults with special needs. She positively affected the lives of many people of all ages with special needs in this area. In addition, she was a longtime supporter of NSU Demon athletics and as a season ticket holder, could often be see at many practice and events. She is survived by Wayne, her loving husband of 55 years, daughter Angela Guillet and son-in-law David, son Micheal King, grandchildren Abigail and Adam Guillet all of Natchitoches. Cousin Paula Buie Cumpton and husband Don of Rayville. Brother-inlaw Gerald King and wife Darlene of Lufkin, Texas. Nieces and nephew in various places. Pall bearers will be David Guillet, Chris Guillet, James Heifner, Warren Massia, Don Mims, and Ray Ponthieus. The family would like to send a special thanks to Dr. Archie Breazeale, the staff at Natchitoches Community Care Center and Hospice of Natchitoches. In lieu of flowers the family requests you make a donation to the charity of your choice.