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Mamie Toland Obituary
Toland, Mamie
1935 - 2017
Mamie C. (Keaton) Toland, age 82, transitioned into eternal life on Monday, October 30, 2017. She is preceded in death by parents James and Rosie Keaton, husband Theodore Toland, Sr. and siblings James Keaton, Jr., William Keaton, Flossie Rackley, Mattie L. Jones, Anna Bell Keaton and baby Keaton. Survived by children, Theodore (Tracey)Toland, Jr., Brenda Finley, Doris Toland and Toia Ocansey; siblings, Mazie Hanna, Odessa (Hilton) Carter and Willie Keaton. Also, survived by 13 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Mamie was a graduate of East High School and attended Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Afterwards, she and her husband relocated to New York City where they lived for many years. Upon the family's return to Columbus she was employed with and retired from the State of Ohio, Columbus Developmental Center (CDC) as a Vocational Instructor for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. God gifted Mamie with a singing voice and at a very young age she auditioned and was given the opportunity to tour with the world-renowned gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. In later years, she sang with the Columbus Gospel Choir along with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the Palace Theatre. Mamie embraced her Christian walk with Jesus. She was a faithful member of God's Grace Deliverance Apostolic Church, where she was the Sunday morning announcer, taught Sunday School, sang with the Praise Team, assisted in selecting soloist to sing each Sunday morning and was a member of the Women of C.A.R.E auxiliary. Mamie was also active in her community. She served as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Brittany Hills Civic Association and worked tirelessly on various civic association projects on behalf of the community. People would often tell Mamie she was witty, funny and easy to laugh with. She enjoyed having her family around, doing fun things and thinking of places to hold family gatherings. She traveled extensively and enjoyed driving cross country and on long road trips. Lastly, she was an avid checker board player and friends and family would often challenge her to a quick game of checkers. Celebration of Life 9 am Saturday, November 11, 2017 at God's Grace Deliverance Apostolic Church, 175 Fairway Boulevard, where the family will receive friends from 8 am until the start of service. Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates. Services entrusted to DIEHL-WHITTAKER FUNERAL SERVICE, 720 East Long Street. To express condolences, please visit her online memory book at www.diehl-whittaker.com/obits.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 9, 2017
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