Mary Emily (Whiteside) Lane

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Mary Emily (Whiteside) Lane, died at Magnolia Trace Nursing Home in Huntsville on July 14, 2014. Mary Emily, as she was known to her family and friends, was born in Anniston to Josiah Phillip (Phil) and Alberta Norwood Whiteside on March 4, 1924. She married William E. Lane, also of Anniston, in December 1942. They moved to Auburn after World War II to attend school on the G.I. Bill and returned permanently in 1953 when Dr. Lane took a position in the School of Engineering. After Dr. Lane's early death in 1961, she returned to school and obtained her B.S. and M.S. in speech pathology. She was a speech therapist for the Auburn City Schools from 1966 to 1982 while raising her two sons, Mark Norwood Lane, who lives in Argentan, France and Keith Whiteside Lane, who lives in Huntsville, Alabama. After Mary Emily retired she continued to live in Auburn for many years where she became a recognized potter, painter and a passionate gardener. She especially enjoyed creating cut flower arrangements from flowers in her yard including brightly colored zinnias and hydrangeas. Mary Emily read widely and had many interests and friends of all ages. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Auburn and the Studio 218 women's art group. She stayed in Auburn until health necessitated her move to Huntsville in 2011 to be near her son Keith and his wife Ann. She was very proud of raising her sons on her own. She is survived by those two sons and their wives; one granddaughter, Martha Jordan Lane. Mary Emily's brother, Whit Whiteside; sister, Hope Whiteside Kerr, predeceased her; two sisters Alberta Whiteside Turner, of Sylacauga and Lucy Whiteside Hanks, of Austin, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to a favorite cause, the Lee County Humane Society, 1140 Ware Drive Auburn, AL 36832 or A memorial service will be held in Auburn it is tentatively scheduled for fall of 2014. If you wish to be informed of the details, contact [email protected]. Berryhill Funeral Home is assisting the family.
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Published in The Anniston Star on July 18, 2014