She was born in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, on September 3, 1937, to Dietrich and Agnes Goertzen. She grew up, the only sister of Russell and Clayton, on a farm outside of the small town of Delft, Minnesota. She prayed with her mother to accept Christ in January 1948 and was baptized by Rev. Thomas Walker on May 13, 1951.
Mary Ann Graduated from Mountain Lake High School in 1955 and that fall she attended Grace College of the Bible where she met her future husband Marvin (Marv) Wall. They were married on June 28, 1957.
Wherever their ministry took them – North Carolina, Kansas, Manitoba, Alberta, South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska – Mary Ann made a home and supported Marv by playing the piano, teaching Sunday School, helping lead youth groups, piloting boats, driving snowmobiles and cooking for camps, while caring for a growing family. She also led women’s Bible studies, was a Commander in the Awana program, and hosted guests for dinner or offered a place to stay. She enjoyed traveling across the United States, Canada, Israel, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Her husband, Marv, was in pastoral roles in the church until he passed away and Mary Ann was his faithful support. In recent years, she enjoyed joining in Bible study, prayer meetings, mentoring younger women and deepening relationships with women of her age. She enjoyed stable health with minor issues until she had a major stroke on Saturday, March 19. Her condition soon worsened and she went to be with Jesus five days later.
She is survived by five children: Marjorie Allison; Mark and Judy Wall; Marlen and Kim Wall; Marcia and Sam Kroeker andMarcel and Michelle Wall as well as 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is preceded by her parents, her brother Clayton and his wife Mary, her husband Marv and her son-in-law Grahame Alison.