Mary Nell Koon WEST COLUMBIA - Mary Nell Koon, 82, passed away Thursday September 12, 2013 after suffering traumatic injury resulting from a fall. She was born in West Columbia, SC, April 1, 1931, and was the daughter of the late William Thomas Koon and Lucile Hook Koon. She was predeceased by an only brother, William "Toppy" Koon. Those left to cherish her memory include an aunt, Lucille T. Hook, sister-in-law, Edith Koon, niece, Cindy Koon Boyd (Larry), nephews, John, Chris and David Boyd, cousins, Vernon Bristow (Angie), Mary Lown (Ervin), Davis Hook, Jr. (Brenda) and their children, Brian, Lauren and Jeff, and their families. Mary Nell graduated from Winthrop College and earned a master's degree from the University of South Carolina. She taught school in Lexington School District Two for 40 years, beginning at Brookland Cayce Junior High School and ending at Northside Middle School teaching English and Social Studies. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church. Mary Nell was a person of great generosity and compassion. She was an active volunteer with Washington Street United Methodist Church soup kitchen for many years. She was associated with For God So Loved Prison Ministries for 25 years which included a Card Ministry directed to all death row prisoners at least four times a year. She was an active member of the Lexington County Retired Teachers Association and a past member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She directed that her body was to be donated to the University of South Carolina Medical School Gift of Body Program. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Palmetto Richland Trauma team for their excellent and compassionate care during the last days of her life. Mary Nell was blessed with many faithful friends and treasured each one of them. Her favorite activity was the social involvement with friends and family, sharing meals and life experiences. Memorials may be made to For God So Loved Prison Ministries c/o Betts Davis, 209 Shadow Lane, Cayce, SC 29033 or to a
. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church, 3050 Leaphart Road, West Columbia, SC, on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.
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Published in The State on Sept. 14, 2013