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MARY ANN VAN DYCK, a resident of Austin for fifty-three years, died at Shade Tree Home in south Austin on Sunday, November 21, 2010, at the age of 100. Mary Ann was born in Chicago on July 6, 1910, the eldest daughter of Steven and Mary Scharven. She married John F. Van Dyck of Ancona, Illinois, in 1931, and they moved to New York City, where Van managed the Hotel Elysee in Manhattan. After her husband joined the military in 1942, Mary Ann became an Army wife, traveling widely, and raising their family in California, Italy, and Germany, before moving to Austin in 1957. When Van retired from the US Army in 1962 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, they decided to make Austin their permanent home.

During the sixties and seventies, Mary Ann served as the main floor cashier for Hemphill's Bookstore on the Drag, where she enjoyed keeping up with the college crowd. She was also an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin. After retirement, she became a dedicated volunteer at St David's and Brackenridge hospitals, where she was known to patients as "the magazine lady" and brought smiles to all faces when she entered their rooms with her cart of books, magazines, and treats. Mary Ann enjoyed reading, walking, gardening, playing bridge, listening to KMFA, baking and sharing her special Hungarian coffee cake, and hosting visits from her far-flung brood of children and grandchildren.

Pre-deceased by her husband in 1983, Mary Ann is survived by their four children, John (wife Carolyn) of Silver Spring, MD; Victory (husband Theodore Chase) of Princeton, NJ; Steven, of Austin; and Craig (wife Caron) of South Orange, NJ. Also by four grandchildren, Vanessa Chase (husband John Lilly) and Frederic Chase, both of New York City, John Charles Van Dyck of Boston, and Gretchen Van Dyck of Brooklyn, NY; and by two great-grandchildren, Jane and Edward Lilly. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends from the younger generations.

Funeral services and burial at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Mary Ann's name to St David's Hospital Auxiliary, 919 East 32nd Street, Austin, TX 78705. Funeral arrangements are by direction of Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home.