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Mary Elice Lavender Boone

GORDON, Ga. - Services for Mary Elice Lavender Boone were held Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel. Dr. Ronald Young and Pastor Ronald E. Young officiated. Interment was in Ramah Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Central Georgia.

The daughter of the late Leonard Edwin and Janette Elizabeth Harris Samson, she was a native of Washington County, but made her home in Wilkinson County most of her life. The widow of Elbridge E. Lavender and Joseph W. Boone, she was a teacher in Wilkinson County Public Schools for 31 years. Mrs. Boone obtained her Master's Degree from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville and Specialist in Education from the University of Georgia. She will forever be remembered as the "First Lady" of Swampland Opera, for which she was instrumental in co-organizing and co-managing for 25 years. She wrote and assisted in publishing the Wilkinson County News and founded The Wilkinson County Post for which she wrote her "Recipe of the Week" column, which continued long after she sold the paper. Mrs. Boone was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma; DAC: DAR: the Rose Garden Club: the First Christian Church of Toomsboro and the Christian Women's Fellowship. A simple lady with more dignity that imaginable, she made the richest or poorest feel as if either were the most important, a vessel of more knowledge than an encyclopedia and more wisdom that Dr. Phil. Wilkinson County has truly lost a vital part of its heritage, but her legacy will live on through the lives of those she touched.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, E. Edwin and Margaret Lavender, Gordon; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Elice Lavenderand Bobby Hawthorne, Waleska, Ga., and Ethel Janette Lavender and Dr. Ronald Young, Dearing; sister, Janette Elizabeth English Fuller, Albany; nieces and nephews.

Visit the Memorial Page and sign the on-line guest book at

Williams-White Columns Funeral Home of Gordon was in charge of arrangements

Web posted on Thursday, November 23, 2006

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