Mary Elizabeth Worrall Frissell, 88, died Sunday, March 4, at her home in Columbia, MO.

In a characteristic act of generosity, she left her body to the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

There will be a gathering of friends and family from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia.

Mary was born in 1923 to George and Carrie Worrall in Nashville, TN. She attended Southwestern (now Rhodes College) in Memphis, and received a master’s degree in English from Louisiana State University. In 1944, she married Harry Lee Frissell of Cape Girardeau, whom she met on their first day of college, standing in line to register for classes. They remained married until Harry’s death in 1997.

For more than 20 years, Mary taught English at Beaumont High in Beaumont, and West Orange High in Orange. She was a sponsor of the Beaumont High yearbook. Mary was a Life Master at duplicate bridge and one of the founders of the Beaumont Bridge Studio, playing regularly until her final decade.

Although the computer revolution occurred late in her life, Mary proved adept at using the Internet and made friends all over the world on line. Having lived in Beaumont for 50 years, Mary moved to Columbia in 2007 to be close to her son, George, who, with his wife, Susie Lamers Frissell, provided loving care during her final years.

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