December 24, 2022
On November 5th in Foristell, MO a queen by the name of Mary "Sissy" Hannah was born out of love to Walter Shorty and Flossie Alice Hill. She was raised by her grandmother Plinna Nathaniel Hill, and she made sure Sissy accepted Christ at an early age and understood the power of prayer. Mary "Sissy" attended primary and secondary schooling at the Wentzville School District. She continued her education at Kirksville Teachers College, currently Truman State, where she studied computer programming. Sissy was committed to academic excellence and was passionate about her family being educated at the highest levels. She never allowed her children and grandchildren to settle for mediocracy and always encouraged them to excel in all aspects of life. Sissy was baptized and accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and believed in God's grace. She was a member of Overland Presbyterian Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher as well as an active member of Abundant Life Center. Mary "Sissy" would pray often with her family and would require them to always bless their food. Growing up her children would often joke that Sissy made them go to church more than God himself. Mary "Sissy" Hannah was wed to John Edgar Hannah on January 28th in Foristell, MO and that union produced her most cherished possessions, her babies', Chalet Hannah Tanya Hannah Gabrielle Hannah Melchizedek Woodson, and Naomi Woodson. There was nothing more sacred to Sissy than her children and grandchildren. Sissy was a devoted mother and grandmother, to not only her biological family but, many honorary children who she loved, fed, and encouraged along the way. Everyone knew if you were at Sissy's house you were going to be fed well, treated exceptionally, and loved unconditionally. She was revered as an honorary mother and grandmother to many of her extended family and friends. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren and attending their many extracurricular activities. It was very common to see Sissy sitting in the spectator stands with a football, basketball, cheer, tennis, dance, or lacrosse grandma shirt on and a fur jacket cheering for her grandchildren. The love and involvement Sissy had with her grandchildren was immeasurable. Sissy set the bar on how to be an excellent mother, she exuded love and nurturing. She always made sure her children and others had breakfast, lunches, Christmas presents, the best education, unconditional love, and just the feeling of being valued. Sissy retired from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. After retirement she worked part-time at the St. Louis County Special School District. At the Records Center Sissy made many lifelong friends, who felt like family. At the St. Louis Special School District, she found a real passion for working with special needs children. Sissy had a way of connecting with children that was like no other. Children gravitated to Sissy, and she made them feel safe and loved. Sissy's presence was welcomed by everyone, and she possessed a smile that was mesmerizing. She was a friendly and approachable person who carried herself with grace, dignity, and without a trace of arrogance. She was devoted to her family and friends, and everyone who encountered her felt a sense of warmth and comfort. People spoke very highly of Sissy, always noting her beauty and sophistication. Sissy was known by her peers growing up for her beautiful long hair, curvaceous figure, stylish attire, and sultry walk. She also had a love for glitz and glam, and an appreciation for the luxuries of life. She was the true definition of a Diva. She enjoyed watching politics and the news discussing the latest current event topics. Sissy lived overseas in Germany for some time when her husband was stationed there, in which she developed an appreciation for world affairs and cultures. She would often tell her family stories of how life was abroad and introduce them to German cultural traditions. She is preceded in death by her husband John Edgar Hannah, her grandmother Plinna Nathaniel Hill, her parents, and five brothers. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, along with numerous extended family and friends who will forever cherish her memory.