Mary Ann Tomson
Mary Ann (Richardson) Tomson, 84, of Findley Township, Mercer, passed surrounded by family on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 19, 2019, in UPMC Montefiore.
She was born on Nov. 6, 1935, in Grove City, a daughter of the late Franklin W. and Isabelle A. (Grossman) Richardson. Mary Ann was a 1953 graduate of Grove City High School. She worked at the Grove City Reporter-Herald (now Allied News) for four years.
Mary Ann married John L. Tomson on Dec. 1, 1956. He was stationed in Hawaii during his service in the U. S. Army, and she joined him there and worked in the PX on the base for three years. One highlight of her time there was seeing Elvis Presley in concert.
When they returned home they started their family while farming Spring Dale Farm. While not fond of interacting with cows or chickens, she enjoyed both the vegetable and flower gardening part of farming. Feeding the farm helpers, canning, and freezing took up her summers.
She was elected to be the Findley Township Tax Collector in 1978. In 1994, she was appointed Wage and Local Service Tax Collector as well. She was very diligent in making sure that her monthly reports were correct. She enjoyed getting to know and visiting with the residents of the township at her kitchen table during their yearly visits to pay taxes. One thing you could always count on, was a good listener and the assurance that you were dealing with a person who valued honesty and integrity who possessed an outstanding knowledge of her job. When she retired after 34 years she would often hear that people missed the warm and welcoming atmosphere of her home and the aroma of baked goods that often filled the air.
It was medically necessary for her to be gluten-free. Due to being an excellent cook, she was able to adjust recipes to be gluten-free and still taste good for over 50 years, long before much was known about cooking without gluten. She enjoyed planning and preparing holiday dinners and attending family picnics. She was known for her butterscotch pies.
She worked hard and instilled the value of education and hard work in her family. Mary Ann liked Sunday drives in the country and walks in the woods. She liked remodeling, refinishing, and redecorating projects, most recently working on a dollhouse that she had always talked about doing. She enjoyed reading and doing puzzles even though there always seemed to be a missing piece for a day or two before each puzzle could be finished.
She was a lifelong member of Center Presbyterian Church, Grove City, where she helped with Vacation Bible School and attended the True Blue Sunday School Class and participated in their monthly activities while she was able. She liked to read about, talk about, and collect angels. Reading her Bible, her daily devotional book, and recording her daily activities and thoughts in her diary were important to her.
Mary Ann loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children: Dave and Amy Tomson, Mercer; Steve Tomson and Michelle Cosma, Jackson Center; Andy Tomson, Mercer and Elsie Welton, Fredonia; Debra and Pete Williams, Pittsburgh; and grandchildren, Ben and Sace Tomson, Rebecca Tomson, Colton Tomson, Alex Tomson, Zelia Williams, and Jonathan Tomson. Three siblings and their spouses also survive: Melva and Jim McDowell, Jean and Edward Carlson, and Jim and Jeanne Richardson, as well as several cousins, many nieces and nephews, and friends of the family: Mike Baker, Tammy Tomson, and Kirsten Kisling.
In addition to her parents, Mary Ann was preceded in death by her former husband, three brothers: Francis Richardson, Chester Richardson, and William Richardson and his wife Joan; her aunts and uncles, and several cousins.
Memorial contributions may be given to Center Church Cemetery Fund.

Mary Ann (Richardson), 84, of Findley Township, Mercer.
Calling hours: 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday (12-22-19) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
Funeral service: 11 a.m. Monday (12-23-19) in the funeral home with Rev. David Lingle.
Burial: Center Church Cemetery following the service.
Published on December 20, 2019


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Diane McCullough
Dec 23, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed being a fellow tax collector with Mary Ann.