Mary W. Mahoney
Avera, GA – Mary Will Rader Mahoney, 75, loving wife of 50 years to the late CW3 Robert E. Mahoney (Ret), entered into rest Monday night, October 7, 2013 at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, October 11, 2013 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Davis officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
One of two daughters born to the late Coreine Cruey Rader and the late Jay Rader, Mary grew up in Midway TN and was a member of Eastern Star in her youth. She married her true love in 1959, becoming a military wife and making her home in several different places, the last being in Augusta. Upon his retirement, they made their home in Avera where she was a City Councilwoman for the last 20 years and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Mary loved her “old Southern” home, filling it with antiques and making it a safe haven for her family and her canine companion, Baby. She had a deep faith, a strong will, a loving attitude, a generous spirit, a quick wit and an infectious laugh—people just automatically gravitated to her. A devoted mother and loyal friend, Mary will be forever in our hearts.
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara “Bobbi” Blair (Lee); a sister, Sandra Jones (Richard); two grandchildren, Scott Blair and Rachel Blair; and many friends. Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Blair, Randy Gingery, Gary Kitchens, Jason Mathis, Tommy Sheppard and Cliff Whitley.
The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home this evening, Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6:00-8:00PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to Avera Volunteer Fire Dept, 9446 Broad St, Avera GA 30803.
Everyone knew her as something different—
G-ma, Aunt Mary, sister, neighbor and friend.
I simply knew her as my little Mama.
And was truly in love from the day I met her.
At each fork in the road, she held on fast
Of each new adventure she saw the best.
With a laugh and a smile and a tear or two
Each new road had a beautiful view.
She chose to live every moment presented
Without a moment of doubt or a note of resentment.
She loved, she laughed, she talked to her Baby
She laughed at herself, sometimes said she was crazy.
But that’s ok, she often said to me
And I would laugh and heartily agree.
For all that she was we all admired
Loving and funny, she truly inspired.
A lovely heart, a quick wit and mind
She was a shining example of all that is kind.
I want to be what she taught me to be
And view the world as she taught me to see.
Focus on the good, in what you do have pride.
Grab on to the wheel and enjoy the ride.
And although I cry, the tears are for me
For she wouldn’t want that, in all honesty.
She’ll embrace this journey with her usual flair
With a grin and a wink and a laugh in the air….
By Bobbi C. Blair