Naomi Mallory Dennard, 107, passed away November 14, 2012 at the Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park , FL. She was a native of Wellborn, FL and the daughter of the late Ruby and Ralph Mallory of Wellborn. Her husband of 47 years, Bernice, preceded her in death. Survivors include two nieces: Virginia Kindberg (Carl) and Emily Robarts (Gene) of Lake City; Bernice's three nephews: Joe Raines (Etta), Jacksonville, Gary Raines (Mary Charles) Thomasville, Boyd Raines (Paula), Virginia Beach, and many beloved great-nieces and nephews.
She graduated from Columbia High School in Lake City in 1923, took the teacher's exam and began her teaching career in Wellborn. Later, she enrolled in Florida State College for Women in Tallahassee and graduated in 1943. Mrs. Dennard taught school in Florida and in Georgia where she retired after 37 years. She was a lifelong active member of the Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Garden Club of Cairo and a member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed being "Queen for a Day" at the 150th Anniversary of Wellborn Methodist Church in 2007.
Naomi and Bernice lived in Tyler, TX while Bernice served in the U.S. Army. They moved back to Wellborn briefly and then on to the Georgia towns of Thomasville and Pavo and then made their home in Cairo for many years. Following Bernice's death, Naomi moved to the Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park, FL in 1996 and will be remembered by her many friends there for her cheerful attitude and helpful nature.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, November 16th at Wellborn Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Messer and Rev. John Harper presiding. Visitation will be at the church that day from 10:00-11:00 am. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Wellborn Methodist Church, PO Box 138, Wellborn, Florida 32094. Please sign the guest book at www.danielsfuneralhome.com
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., of Live Oak and Branford, FL in charge of arrangements.