Mary Jane Long Rapp Scharnberg
Mary Jane Long Rapp Scharnberg died Jan. 27, 2020, in Houston, Texas, and will be buried in Mineral Wells, Texas, in a private service. There will be a memorial celebration of Mary Jane's life 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at the First Christian Church, 302 N.W. Sixth St. in Mineral Wells. All friends are invited.
Mary Jane was born July 9, 1942, at home in Mineral Wells, Texas. She was the youngest of five children born to Vivian and Lorena Long.
Mary Jane is survived by her husband, Joe Scharnberg of Houston; daughter, Suzanne; son, Cameron; one sister, three brothers, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary Jane was raised in Mineral Wells. She was a standout basketball player and on the tennis team. She was a class officer, in the band, and was the class of 1960 valedictorian. During her senior year she met Jesse Rapp at the Dairy Queen. Right after graduation they married and moved to Edmond, Okla.
After receiving her master's degree in Physical Education at UCO, she taught and coached tennis at several local schools. She also played USTA team tennis throughout Oklahoma and neighboring states. After her husband's death in 1990, she worked as a guidance counselor at McGuiness High School before moving back to Texas.
It was back at the Dairy Queen in Mineral Wells where she reconnected with a classmate (Joe Scharnberg). Mary Jane always told her single friends, "go to the Mineral Wells Dairy Queen. I've had great luck there finding all my husbands." In 2002 she and Joe married and moved to Houston. In Houston she enjoyed the symphony, opera, ballet, museums and art galleries. She played tennis and bridge several times a week, was a leader in the neighborhood women's club, played clarinet in the New Horizons band, and enjoyed activities at the West Side Tennis Club and with her church. She loved the mission trip she went on to Kenya. She and Joe traveled all over the U.S. and around the world. Mary Jane was an amazing woman. She lived an amazing full life. She was involved and well loved throughout her life. She will be missed by many people.
In lieu of flowers, Contributions may be made to the Houston S.P.C.A., 77007 Old Katy Road, Houston, TX 77024, 713-869-SPCA (7722), TX 77SPCA (7722).
Published on February 20, 2020

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