Mary Ann Mobley funeral services set - - Jackson, MS

Mary Ann Mobley funeral services set

Mobley at 1959 Miss America Pageant Mobley at 1959 Miss America Pageant
Mobley at 1959 Miss America Pageant Mobley at 1959 Miss America Pageant
Mobley crowning Linda Lee Meade at 1959 Miss America Pageant Mobley crowning Linda Lee Meade at 1959 Miss America Pageant

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 15 for Mary Ann Mobley and visitation will be Sunday evening.

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland and the funeral service at 1 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson

Mobley died Tuesday morning at her Beverly Hills, California, home. She had been battling breast cancer for a second time. This recurrence of the cancer was very aggressive. She was 77. 

The Miss America Organization released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

Our beloved Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley, passed away quietly this morning, surrounded by her loved ones. Mary Ann will always be remembered for her beauty, grace, her wonderful personality and her giving heart that touched so many...

The Miss America Organization extends its heartfelt sympathies to Mary Ann's daughter, Clancy Collins-White - an executive at Warner Bros. Television in Los Angeles, and her extended family during this time of sorrow. We will keep our Miss America Mary Ann Mobley alive in our hearts, and we will keep her family in our thoughts and our prayers.

Sam Haskell, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Miss America Organization has described his 40 year friendship with Mary Ann as one that he truly cherishes.

"When I was a little boy growing up in Mississippi, there were two Mississippi stars who I was Elvis Presley and the other was Mississippi's first Miss America Mary Ann Mobley! She was at the hospital when my children were born. She performed in many of my charitable concerts to raise money in Mississippi for needed educational funds as well as Hurricane Katrina victims. We shared a love for our Alma Mater Ole Miss, and we shared many mutual friends in our beloved home state of Mississippi. She challenged me, she loved me, and she made me laugh! I shall miss her!" he stated.

Mobley grew up in Brandon and was the first Miss Mississippi to be selected as Miss America. She graduated from Ole Miss in 1958, the same year she won the Miss America crown.

She became an actress a few years later, with credits including such TV shows as "General Hospital" and "Perry Mason," and films such as "Girl Happy" with Presley and "Three on a Couch" with Jerry Lewis. It was on that film she met her husband, Gary Collins, who died in 2012.

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