Beth Abney

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Beth Mobley Abney passed away September 9 at Brookdale Senior Living in Augusta, Georgia. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 13 at 2 p.m. at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Athens, where she was a member until moving to Augusta in 2005. The family will receive visitors at the church for an hour before the memorial service. A private burial will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens immediately following the service. Mrs. Abney, widow of the late George Morris Abney, Jr., was born October 15, 1928 in Whigham, GA, and was a daughter of the late Clarence Albert Mobley and Nettie Sue Mobley. Mrs. Abney was a graduate of the Whigham Public Schools at the age of 15 and was the class valedictorian. She began school at the age of 4 following her older brother to school and continuing to beg her parents to let her attend school every morning. She went to Business School in Atlanta and attended night classes while working for the Railroad Express Agency. She transferred to the University of Georgia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Degree in 1956 and a Masters Degree in History in 1957. Beth met her husband, George, on the steps of the Journalism School when he was working on his Masters Degree. They married in 1958 and had a daughter in 1960. Mrs. Abney worked as a freelance writer doing Publicity for Athens area organizations. She also authored a book, Thanksgiving Every Week, published in 1975 which was a collection of 52 essays of things for which she was thankful. Her cooking columns appeared in the Athens Banner-Herald. Mrs. Abney was proud of her cookie trays, which she began giving as Christmas gifts in 1958 because as a newlywed couple, they could not afford to purchase gifts. She earned the nickname of "The Cookie Lady" and authored a booklet of cookie recipes "A Baker's Dozen from The Cookie Lady". Besides cooking and writing, her other interests included genealogy, history and the University of Georgia. She was a member of the Laura Rutherford Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Elijah Clarke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a founding member of the Athens Historical Society. In lieu of flowers and in honor of her love of reading and believing that teaching a child to read is one of life's greatest gifts, the family is requesting memorials to be made to the Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter Street, Athens, GA, 30606. She is survived by her daughter, Sue Ellen Abney-Roberts and son-in-law, David Roberts of Aiken, SC; her sister, Shirley Whitley (Charles) of Eastman, GA; her brothers, Curtis (Jackie) Mobley of Columbia, SC and Benny Mobley of Whigham, GA; sister-in-law, Virginia Mobley of West Palm Beach, FL; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Frances and Lauren Coile of Sanibel Island, FL and many beloved nieces and nephews. Her husband and her parents; her infant sister, Dorothy Louise Mobley; her brother, Joe Mobley; and her sister-in-law, Martha Mobley, preceded her in death. Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com. Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


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