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Mary Peaden

November 16, 1933 — December 8, 2023

Mary Peaden, a beloved educator and devoted mother, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on December 8, 2023, in her recliner at her residence in Brooksville, FL. She was born on November 16, 1933, in Trenton, Florida. It was there, she grew up as a local girl, called Margaret, with three  brothers with whom she was close in age, and a sister eight years younger. She had fond childhood memories of mothering her little sister Wanda. She had a deep bond with her “baby” sister.  She and her brother Bill, were mistaken as twins, born eleven months apart. They attended school in the same grade back then. Her protective instincts were displayed. One of her brothers recounted the time an uncle tried to “spank” one of the boys and she successfully intervened, taking a stance in between them, wielding a stick to shield her brother.  She enjoyed her remarkable childhood filled with love, compassion, and dedication.

Mary's career in education led her to spend over 33 years teaching in various schools across the state of Florida. From Newberry to Orlando, Levy County to Gilchrist County, she reached the lives of countless students with her knowledge and wisdom. Graduating from Trenton High School, Mary continued her pursuit of knowledge at Florida State University and The University of Florida. 

Mary will be remembered as a committed  teacher. Her students’ love for her was evident. When she endured a lengthy battle with pneumonia in the mid 1970's. her children listened to her elementary aged students voicing their multiple prayer requests over the local classic country format radio station WLQH. While a devoted mother, her greatest love, however, was her love of Jesus.

Among her fondest memories were growing up in the sunshine state of Florida where she immersed herself in the rich culture and history it had to offer. Roy Rogers, the famous cowboy actor, even attended her daughter Beth's birthday party in Orlando—a cherished moment that brought joy to all who were present.

She and her family also lived on the Suwanee River in Fanning Springs  The tranquil beauty of those surroundings is renowned. 

Committed to making a difference in her community, Mary generously volunteered her time and services at her assisted living facility during her later years in Dade City and in Brooksville, Fl. Her dedication led to her becoming President of the Residents Councils in each of these locations—an honor bestowed upon someone who exemplified leadership qualities and a genuine care for others.

Mary had a very gentle nature. In her later years, she enjoyed long walks to Mountaineer Coffee in  downtown Brooksville with her daughter.  She enjoyed engaging in conversations about Florida's captivating history and indulged in reading notable works such as the famous Florida historical novel, A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith. Mary also took pleasure in participating in athletic activities, particularly watching golf and football—a testament to her passion for sports.

Mary faithfully attended Bible studies with her numerous friends.  After her homegoing it was emphasized to her daughter Beth that Mary always requested prayer for her children during times of prayer.  Her faith and love of the Word of God was very evident who were fortunate enough to know her.  

Mary is survived by her loving son Porter Lee Peaden III and daughter-in-law Wei Peaden of Carlisle, PA.; her loving daughter Elizabeth Jane Dolson and son-in-law Arthur Dolson of Dade City, FL  are happy to know that Mary is more alive than ever before now that she is in the presence of the Lord. Additionally, Mary is survived by her loving daughter Mary Lou Peaden of Melbourne, FL, and six loving and cherished grandchildren.  Mary Peaden's legacy is one of kindness, compassion, and an unwavering love for family and faith. Her tireless work as an educator will forever be remembered by those whose lives she reached in the classroom Mary leaves behind a rich tapestry of cherished memories  for all who were blessed to have known her.

Her family requests that contributions be made by telling your loved ones how valuable and precious they are to you today. Every one of you are valuable and precious to Jesus and He loves you! 

A funeral to honor Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, December 16, at 11:00 A.M at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Watson-Milton, Trenton, FL. 352-4 63.8888. www.WatsonMilton.com 

In the words of those who loved her dearly, "She was easy to love."

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