Mary Anne Shinault, 61, passed away at her home in Sheridan on Saturday morning, Feb. 1, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.
Born Nov. 17, 1958 in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Vern Allen and Patricia Mae (Gaston) Ping.
After graduating from North Central High School with the Class of 1977, she continued her education at Clark College, graduating Cum Laude with the Class of 1979.
On Aug. 4, 1979 she married the love of her life, David Shinault. Throughout the journey that her family has taken her on, she couldn’t have done it without the love of her husband.
For more than 26 years she was an assistant manager at the Beech Grove Walmart. She, along with her sister Becky, also ran a successful daycare service for several years.
Family always came first for Mrs. Shinault. No matter what her boys were involved in growing up, she was there to encourage them. When they grew into young men and started going their own separate ways in life, she was there to support them. Whether the family was celebrating their joys and accomplishments or struggling during tough times, she was always there.
Her family was her Church. Becoming a grandmother was as equally exciting for her. She may not have appreciated the title at first, but the role was what she lived for. It was her chance to be there for the next generation of her family, watching them grow and supporting them in all their endeavors.
Her family also includes many stray cats and dogs that she brought home and adopted over the years, even though she always claimed that she “didn’t like animals.”
Mrs. Shinault enjoyed crafts and knitting, and always seemed to be making something for someone. She also had a very deep appreciation for music. When she had some time to herself, she would always find a reason to be outside. Whether it was camping, gardening, or just puttering around out in the yard, if she could feel the sun on her, she was right where she wanted to be. All that outdoor time paid off this holiday season, as Mary took second place in Sheridan’s town-wide Christmas decoration contest.
Survivors include her loving husband, David Lane Shinault of Sheridan; her mother, Patricia Mae (Gaston) Ping; her four boys, David L. Shinault of Sheridan, James Andrew (Lauren) Shinault of Nashville, Tenn., William (Alison) Shinault of Sheridan, and Logan Sloan (Samantha) Shinault of Oshkosh, Wisc.; 11 grandchildren, Brendan, Zachary, Grayson, Christopher, Olin, Amelia, Mackensie, Violet, Victoria, Eleanor and Annabelle; a brother, Tom (Mary Beth) Ping of Cicero; and three sisters, Becky (Dan) Paul of Fishers, Donna (Craig) McManis of Ohio, and Jenny Lamkin of Elwood.
She was preceded in death by her Father, Vern Ping; and by her daughter-in-law, Melissa Shinault.
Services are scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Family and friends may pay their respects from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Her brother, Tom Ping will be officiating.
Memorial contributions may be presented to the Boy Scouts of America, the Band Program at Sheridan Community Schools or to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at