About Us

Mary Lou’s Gourmet Popcorn is named in honor of Mary Lou Haynes, matriarch of the Haynes family. Born Mary Lou Stucker in 1928 in Ellsinore, Missouri, Mary Lou was one of nine siblings in a farming family. From a young age, Mary Lou learned how to work hard, how to love your family, and most of all, how to serve Jesus with your whole heart and mind.  In 1950, Mary Lou married DJ Haynes, and together, they had 3 children, who they raised in Arnold, Missouri.

While she was known for her gentle nature and quiet strength, Mary Lou was passionate about many things. She was a diehard Cardinals baseball fan, and she would always enjoy a game with a bowl of freshly popped popcorn in her lap. She was a faithful member of her church and was known for her commitment to visiting the sick and lonely in the congregation. Most of all, Mary Lou was passionate about her family and her faith in Christ. She was a bold prayer warrior, and her family cherished hearing her pray aloud for all of them every night before bed.

Mary Lou is greatly missed by her family, but her legacy lives on in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We believe she would have loved seeing her family work together to create this popcorn business, and she would have especially enjoyed testing the many delicious flavors we have to offer!