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STEPHENS Mrs. Mary Washington Stephens, well known educator, passed away peacefully February 18, 2013. She was a native of Hahira, GA, having resided in Jacksonville, FL, most of her life. Mrs. Stephens received her early education in Duval County and graduated from Boylan Haven School for Girls in 1941. Furthering her education, she graduated from Florida Normal and Industrial Institute in St. Augustine, FL, where she was a pioneer in their first 4 year graduating class. She received her Bachelors degree from Florida Memorial College, Class of 1945 and Masters degree from Florida A & M University and a Masters of Library Science degree from the University of Florida. Mrs. Stephens was employed with Duval County School System until she retired after 40 years of dedicated service. She was a faithful member at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest Stephens and her parents David and Mrs. Mary L. Washington. Survivors include her brother, Nathaniel S. Washington, Sr. (Ira); nephew, Nathaniel S. Washington, Jr.; nieces, Mmes. Elizabeth Gullatt (Charles) and Patti Bennefield (Washington); a number of other relatives and friends. Her HOMEGOING SERVICE will be held 11 AM, Friday, February 22, 2013 in Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. and Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastors. Mrs. Stephens will rest in the mortuary for visitation TODAY from 5 PM until 8 PM (where the family will receive friends at 5 PM) and at the church Friday from 9 AM until the hour of service. Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends are asked to assemble at the church under the direction of ALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC., 4409 Soutel Dr. 904-766-9671. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Feb. 21, 2013
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