Mary Anne Cartwright Overbey Germantown, TN Mary Anne Cartwright Overbey was born July 25, 1930 to James and Helen Cartwright in Osceola, Arkansas, and moved to Memphis in 1939. She was preceded in death by Dr. Robert Malcolm (Mike) Overbey after 41 years of marriage, and also Mark Vorder Bruegge after seven years of marriage. During his years as a dentist and while serving as President of the American Dental Association, Mike and Mary Anne enjoyed traveling throughout the states, as well as Russia, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, and the Far East. Mary Anne served on the board of the Pink Palace Museum, appointed by the Mayor to serve on the City Beautiful and Drug Abuse Commission. For many years she was active in the Senior Olympics, playing tennis singles, ladies doubles, race and power walking, winning at the city and state levels all the way to the National Finals. She was also involved in "Clown Ministry", entertaining monthly at nursing homes and churches throughout Memphis. She also taught Dental Health and Hygiene through plays and educational games at a number of Memphis schools. After returning to the University of Memphis, she learned sign language and volunteered for the hearing impaired at White Station High School. Mary Anne taught water aerobics for fifteen years at Pecan Grove Condominiums where she lived for a number of years. While at Pecan Grove, she started a library and was their official social chairperson for every holiday and party. Mary Anne and Dr. Overbey were long time members of Chickasaw Country Club, and won the Husband-Wife tennis Championships for many years. Mary Anne and her family were also long time members of Evergreen Presbyterian Church before she changed her membership to Independent Presbyterian. She was involved in the skits for Independent's Vacation Bible School, volunteered in their kitchen, and each Christmas visited the homebound and retirement homes. She also enjoyed her Knitting Ministry Class, knitting hats and blankets for infants, scarves and hats for adults. But her biggest thrill was being invited to serve on a Mission Trip to Scotland. Mary Anne loved to draw, paint and make her own Christmas cards, and did so for fifty plus years. For Mary Anne, two of the most special events and honors in her life were placing the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. and carrying the Olympic Torch in Memphis, on its way to Salt Lake City. Mary Anne would be the first to say she had a blessed and wonderful life, with a deep love of her family, her country, her Christian faith and her trust in God that helped her through life's ups and downs. She is survived by her son Robert Malcolm Overbey, Jr and his wife Susie, son James Cartwright Overbey and his wife Gretchen, son Vance Taylor Overbey and his wife Romvadee, nieces Margaret Cartwright Hedrick, Cathy Todd and Gayle Adarmes, nephew Drew Cartwright, sisters-in-law Carolyn Self and Josephine Cartwright, grandchildren Lauren Overbey Moudy, Taylor Overbey, Merrill Overbey, Mary Smith Overbey, Alexis Overbey and Brooklyn Overbey and great-grandchild Mary Elizabeth Moudy, plus a multitude of friends who loved her dearly and will remember her fondly. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 19 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 20 at Independent Presbyterian Church, 4738 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 38117. In lieu of flowers, the Overbey family ask you make a donation to the Dr. R. M. Overbey Scholarship Fund at the Tennessee College of Dentistry.
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