Mary Ann (Wescovich) Bishop, 80, passed away in her home surrounded by family on December 6, 2022.
Mary Ann was born July 23, 1942 in Gulfport, Mississippi, one of six children of Eugene and Ora Wescovich. Growing up, she loved playing basketball and told many stories of jumping into the Delisle bayou to swim with her siblings. She was a proud graduate of Pass Christian High School, where she was a cheerleader and Homecoming Queen. In 1964, she married the love of her life, Harry Bishop. She was a lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast, and they went on to raise their sons in Gulfport. Mary Ann worked for over 40 years at St. John Elementary, where she touched so many children's lives. She was an active member of St. John Catholic Church, and enjoyed attending
her grandkids sporting events, Mardi Gras parades, family events and taking many boat trips out on the “Two Timer”. She enjoyed fundraising of all kinds for the school and church, but most importantly she enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren. She never hesitated in playing with them and giving all the love she had towards them. She was supportive, attentive, and caring to all. She loved her family dearly and, along with Harry, instilled in them Christian values, teaching them kindness and compassion towards others.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Ora Wescovich, and brother Leroy Wescovich.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 58 years of marriage, Harry Bishop, and 3 sons - Ricky Bishop (Elizabeth), Joe Bishop (Jenny), John Bishop (Tracy). She is also survived by her siblings Henrietta Lassabe Moran, Maurice (Parkie) Wescovich, Gene (Mary Ellen) Wescovich and Jim Wescovich as well as her 9 grandchildren, Garrett, Amber, Grace, Harry III, Addison, Julia, Joseph, Jude, and Carson. Mary Ann is survived by many amazing nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved, including her god-daughter Lori Lassabe, who spent many days and nights taking care of her godmother while she was sick.
Lori, we can never thank you enough for the loving care you showed our mother and wife.
Mary Ann is also survived by many members of the Bishop family, which she was proud to be a part of and for whom she cared deeply.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in Mary Ann’s memory to St. John Catholic Church.
Visitation will be 10-11am, Saturday, December 10, 2022 at St. John Catholic Church. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am after the visitation. Interment will be at Live Oak Cemetery.
Riemann Family Funeral Home, Gulfport, is serving the family.