She was a 1954 graduate of Central Academy, the first accredited high school for African Americans in Florida.
At an early age, Mary accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was a member of Mount Zion AME Church in Putnam Hall as well as being affiliated with Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church in Florahome.
As a trailblazer, she completed the nursing assistant program at Santa Fe College And became the first African American nurse in Keystone Heights where she worked with Dr. Christopher rendering outstanding care, helping deliver babies in the community. She later began working in Mental Health at J. Hillis Miller (Shands) Hospital.
After leaving the health care field, she ventured into hospitality services and began a rewarding career at Gainesville Golf and Country Club. Known as Bobbi, her infectious laugh and charismatic personality afforded her to make many friends.
In her spare time, Mary enjoyed watching Golf, doing crossword puzzles, reading her Bible, and being devoted to her children and grandchildren.
She is proceeded in death by her loving husband, Deacon Charlie Bryant, her beloved Grandson Phillip Bryant, Sr as well as her Aunt and Uncle (Viola and Phillip Cotton) and her grandmother Eva Bowden.
She leaves behind her legacy, daughters Nkwanda Jah of Gainesville and Edith Gale Shepard of Florahome. Grandchildren Pamela (Steve) Stevens of Wesley Chapel, Dr. Kenyatta Hills and Lakesha Latasha Hills both of Florahome. Many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Her brother Harold (Rose) Randall of Jacksonville and Sisters Annie Whitehead of Gainesville and Doris Randall of Ft. Lauderdale, as well Many nieces, nephews, godchildren and sorrowing Friends.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held Saturday October 9, 2021, from 11am to 1pm at the Palatka Women’s Club, 600 S. 13th Street, Palatka, Fl 32177. PINKNEY-SMITH FUNERAL HOME OF HAWTHORNE.
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600 South 13 th Street
Palatka, FL 32177
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