The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at Jehovah Baptist Church, 201 Chatham Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Interment will follow in the Oglethorpe City Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Ms. Mary Lavern McKellar was born July 31, 1946 in Macon County, Georgia to the late Parker and Ora Lee Jordan McKellar. She grew up in Oglethorpe, Georgia and received her primary and secondary education in the public schools of Macon County. Mary confessed Christ at an early age and joined Jehovah Baptist Church where she served faithfully as long as her health permitted. While rendering service to Christ, she was elected to numerous positions and accomplished a multitude of duties and responsibilities. Included in her many assignments were: President of the Ushers’ Ministry, Sunday School Teacher, Member of the Missionary Ministry, Member of the Program Committee, Member of the Beautification Ministry, Member of the Culinary Ministry. Additionally, she was always ready to lend a hand wherever needed.
Mary attended the Fort Valley State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in education. After completing further study at the university, she earned her Master’s Degree. She was employed by the Macon County Board of Education where she taught third, fourth, and fifth grades. Not being one to become complacent, Mary continuously sought additional education. She later enrolled at Troy State University, Troy, Alabama where she continued her studies. Upon completing requirements, she was awarded her Six-Year Certificate which is just a step prior to a Doctorate Degree. After shaping and educating young minds for thirty-two years, she retired in 2001. Mary was a kind-hearted, compassionate person who cared for the young and old alike.
Mary loved things of beauty and took pride in her decorating ability. Many of her arts and crafts were things of beauty and a pleasure to behold. Her culinary skills were unsurpassed; she could make any food taste good. Being the only girl, growing up among four boys made her our pride and joy. We had several little cute pet names we called her, but “Sister' was the favorite and I think we used it most of all. This we’ll never forget.
She was a member of the Macon County Retired Educators’ Association, The Fort Valley State Macon County Alumni Chapter, Baccheus Chapter 124 Order of Eastern Star, American Association of Retired Persons, and the Hometown Development Committee.
Left to cherish her memory are four siblings, Barry (Rose) McKellar Lauderhill, FL, James (Selma) McKellar Fort Valley, GA, Chester (Shirley) New York, NY, and Vincent (LaTrelle) Loganville, GA; six nephews: Gregory Curtis, Christopher George, James Bernard, Brian Orlando, Kevin Lewis, Anthony Michael; one niece Michelle Lavern; five grand nieces, Kayla Simone, Carolyn Hope, Arie Simone, Peyton Michelle, and Felicia Iola; four grand nephews, Trinitee Sky, Jonathan Christian, Andrew Jared, and James Austin; long-time and very dear friends Leola Hankerson and Abbie Weaver; three (just like family) superb caregivers Shirley Jolly, Patricia McKellar, and Hazel Thompson, who was also a good friend and confidant; two earlier caregivers, Mary Washington and Ollie Harris; a host of classmates, coworkers, relatives and friends.
Bennie Duncan(Saturday, September 01 12 09:50 pm EDT)
Great teacher. You will be missed.
You all have my sympathy & Prayers, may God be with the family.
Shirley Kendrick & Family
With Heartfelt Sympathy to the family of Mrs Mary McKeller.We are so sorry to hear of your loss.May God continue to Bless the family.
James A.Latimore Family.
We are praying for your strength at this time. Romans 8:14 reads, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Truly Mary was led by the Spirit of God; therefore, she is His and His alone and is finding rest in Him. We continue to press toward the mark as well. May the Lord our God bless and keep you.
Dave and Doris Pugh
Extending Deepest Sympathy and Heartfelt Condolences to the McKellar Family. May God bless the entire family.
The Children of the late Elizabeth Gaines.
Gloria, Melvin, & Rick
To The McKellar Family
"Let Go and Let God"!
When you're troubled and worried and sick at heart,and your plans are upset and your world falls apart, Remember God's ready and waiting to share the burden you find much too heavy to bear. So with faith, "let go" and "let God" lead the way into a brighter and less troubled day.
With Deepest Sympathy
Helen Harris-Ogburn, Doris Sparks & Family, Milton McCants & Family, Douglas Harris, Theodise Harris , Tiawanna Harris-McGhee & Family
I am meek and lowly in heart. MATTHEW 11:29 Our Sincere Sympathy is with the Family. We Love You,
Sheila Clark & Family
To the bereaved family may God strengthen you during your hour of bereavement
Sis. Pharis Clark and family
WM Baccheus Chptr. #124
Our deepest sympathy to the McKellar family. May God comfort you in your hour of need. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pastor Willie Sparks & Family
I am praying for your strength in your hour of pain. May God continue to bless each of you.
Carroll Cromer Jacksonville, Fl
To the Mckellar Family. Thinking of you all at this time. A great educator. Thank God for her helping to mold so many young ones. May God bless you all.
Mrs. Irene Hosley Rogers and Family