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Mary Lavender

Mary Lou Lavender

Monday, April 11th, 1938 - Monday, February 25th, 2019
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Mary Lou Lavender, age 80, of Ashland, KY (formerly of Prestonsburg) died peacefully on Monday, February 25, 2019 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center following a brief illness. She was surrounded by her son, Thomas Wade Lavender II of Ashland, her daughter-in-law, Sandy, and her grandsons, Bryan Jefferson and Matthew Jefferson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Wade Lavender, her father, Aldo Miller, her mother, Chloe Branham Goble Owsley, step-father, Benton Owsley, brother, Donald H. Goble, and cousin & dear friend, Richard Branham. In addition to her son, daugher-in-law and grandsons and their wives, Amy Jefferson and Billie Jo Jefferson, she is survived by her sister, Laura Vaughan; her sister-in-law, Maxine Goble; her precious great-grandchildren, Hannah, Luke, Gabriella, and Matylyn; nieces, Cheryl Jarrell, Kristal Vaughan, Lisa Hess, Valerie Hurt, Cynthia Lavender, Pamela Goble and Michele Johnson:Nephews, Donnie (Tammie) Goble, Dr. Ronald (Laura) Goble and Dr. Timothy (Shanna) Lavender and very special great-nieces, Nikki Johnson and Katherine Goble. Mary Lou lived most of her life in Floyd County. She graduated from Prestonsburg High School in 1955, attended Pikeville College, and graduated from Western Kentucky with a major in English and minor in Spanish. She retired from the Johnson County School System where she had taught English for several years. Earlier in her career, she taught at Prestonsburg High School, Oil Springs High School, and Meade Memorial High School. She loved Shakespeare, classical music, and most of all singing. Her singing voice was exceptional. Over the years, she sang with the Patsy Teenagers, Prestonsburg Community Chorus, and Methodist Church choirs in Prestonsburg, Paintsville, and Ashland. Later in life, she also greatly enjoyed singing karaoke at every opportunity, especially Patsy Cline songs. Mary Lou loved to laugh. She was a very smart, strong-willed, independent person, but also had a very tender heart for both people and animals. At any given time, she usually had multiple stray dogs and cats that would find their way to her somehow. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local animal shelter or church. A Memorial Service/Celebration of Life will be held a 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Carter Funeral Home in Prestonsburg, KY.
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 9th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, March 9th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Carter Funeral Home
    Address
    234 S. Lake Dr.
    PRESTONSBURG, KY
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    Officiant
    Rev. Jerri Williams

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Charlotte Isaacs

Posted at 02:09am
Mary Lou was my teacher at Prestonsburg High School 1960. I always wondered why such a Pretty Young Lady was a Teacher. I was friends with Tom and Leo, knew Jack and Gary. I remember when Mary Lou and Tom got married. Have tried to find Information about her on Facebook several times. So encouraging to know her life turned out so lovely, and how she was an inspiration to so many. RIP. Charlotte Isaacs
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Linda Sparks

Posted at 08:38pm
Thank you, Ms Lavender, for teaching me the classics.
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Linda Sparks

Posted at 08:38pm
Thank you, Ms Lavender, for teaching me the classics.

Jenny Lewis

Posted at 10:52am
Mrs. Lavendar was one of the best teachers I had at JCHS. She was kind, compassionate and caring. I will miss her.
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Virginia Carpenter

Posted at 04:48pm
Mary Lou was one of a kind. She was a gentle giant cause I was much shorter than her, we would laugh and she would tell me I needed to grow. We taught many years together at JCHS, have always had a love for her. Rest easy my friend!
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(606) 886-2774 Carter Funeral Home
234 South Lake Dr.
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(606) 886-2774 Carter Funeral Home
234 South Lake Dr.
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Fax:
Email: carterfuneral@att.net
(606) 886-2774 Carter Funeral Home
234 South Lake Dr.
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Fax:
Email: carterfuneral@att.net
(606) 886-2774 Carter Funeral Home
234 South Lake Dr.
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Fax:
Email: carterfuneral@att.net
(606) 886-2774 Carter Funeral Home
234 South Lake Dr.
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Fax:
Email: carterfuneral@att.net