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Mary Libby

Mary Libby

June 21, 1923 - May 4, 2018     Age: 94

Mary Miles Libby, 94, passed away May 4, 2018 at Savannah Grand in Fernandina Beach. Born June 21, 1923 in Appling County, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late Warren and Claudie Sapp Miles.

She attended Appling County schools and graduated from Appling County High School in 1940. She graduated from Middle Georgia College in 1942 and began her teaching career in Appling County the same year. She graduated from Georgia Teacher’s College in 1946 (now known as Georgia Southern University) with a Bachelor’s degree in teaching.  Upon graduation from Georgia Teacher’s College, she moved to Hilliard, Florida for a teaching position.

While teaching with the Nassau County school system and raising her two children, she obtained two masters degrees from the University of Florida:  Masters in Education (1952) and Masters in Education Administration 1962.

  Her career in education continued until her retirement during December 1980.  As an educator, she worked as a teacher (1946-1962), principal (1962-1972) and school senior administrator (1972-1980).  Mrs. Libby was the first principal at Southside Elementary in Fernandina Beach. At the time of her retirement, she was Director of Elementary Education for Nassau County schools.

While in Hilliard, she met Ross E. Libby and they were married December 1948.  They moved to Fernandina Beach soon thereafter and remained there until 1990 when they moved to the Libby Family homestead in the King’s Ferry area of Nassau County.  Ross predeceased her on November 9, 1993.

Mrs. Libby was an active member of the Baptist churches in the communities where she lived and worked. Those churches included First Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach, Ephesus Baptist in Kings Ferry, FL, and First Baptist Church in Hilliard.  For a period, she was also on the boards of Council on Aging and the Nassau County Association of Retired Educators. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa and was a past President of the local chapter.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her husband, husband, two brothers and a sister.

Her surviving family includes a son, Ross Edward Libby, Jr., Kings Ferry, Florida and  a daughter, Lucy L. Snyder, and her husband, Mark, of St. Petersburg, Florida; four grandchildren: Alicia Abercrombie Joyner and her husband Jeff, Justin Libby, Kelley Libby, Keri Libby Leggett and her husband, Christian; two great-grandchildren, Annika and Paige Joyner.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of the service. She will be laid to rest in Haddock Cemetery near Kings Ferry.





9 Condolences

  • Genie Duggan Posted May 4, 2018 11:58 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family. Mrs. Libby was my first grade teacher and I’ve always thought of her with warm thoughts. She will be missed by all who knew her I’m sure.

  • Sheryl Wilkes Posted May 5, 2018 5:35 am

    She was my first grade teacher and we all loved her so much.

  • Beulah Gass Posted May 5, 2018 8:01 am

    I’m so happy I was able to visit with Mary here at Savannah Grand. May the Lord be with you during this time.

  • Angie Page McClellan Posted May 5, 2018 7:11 pm

    On behalf of the Page family in Yulee, we just want you to know how respected Mrs. Libby was by all of us. I was in First Grade at Southside Elementary 1970-1971 and remember her fondly. Many of my family members taught under her leadership as well.

  • Belinda Adams Posted May 6, 2018 7:24 am

    The Floyd family wants her family to know that ‘Miss. Libby’ was a special lady in their life. God bless you during this time.

  • Gail Cook Posted May 7, 2018 11:03 am

    Eddie and Lucy I want to express my sympathy at the loss of your mother. I remember her as being a quiet and dignified leader. Her calm, loving way with children let them know that she cared, but that she expected better behavior. She was such a wonderful educator. I know that you and your children will really miss her. Take comfort in the many special memories that you have of your mother. Praying for God to provide you with the peace and comfort that only he can provide

  • Janine Lott Hunter Posted May 7, 2018 5:16 pm

    On behalf of the Lott family the descendants of Mary’s Mother’s sister, Maria Sapp Lott we send love and prayers to this sweet family. To our distant cousins, how we wish we had been closer and known each other better and learned the answers to many questions from long ago. May you always be welcome back in South Georgia and may you come back to see us if you ever come to Baxley. Love and Prayers to you all.

  • Judy Smedley Posted May 8, 2018 5:31 am

    Mrs Libby was always so nice to my family….I loved going to her house during the Shrimp Festival and eating lunch at her Beautiful home!!!!! Prayers for Peace and Comfort for her Family ❤️

  • Chris Bailey Hendrix Posted May 8, 2018 9:16 am

    Mrs. Libby was principal during my years at Atlantic Elem. I have wonderful memories of her. As I recall those years, I remember her as providing that sense of security and order that elementary students do not even realize they need or want. I am confident that it was her leadership that trickled down to the teachers who taught me and provided that valuable learning environment. Forever grateful

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