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Mary Tom Willis Drew

Mary Tom Willis Drew

January 29, 1937 - September 26, 2017     Age: 80

Mary Tom Willis Drew 80, of Fernandina Beach Fl. passed away on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach Fl.

Mrs. Drew was born on January 29, 1937 in Stevenson Al, the daughter of the late John O. and Edna Cameron Willis.

She spent her early years in Stevenson AL and graduated from Stevenson High School.  She enrolled in Bethel College in Mckenzie, Tn where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Teaching Sorority.  In 1959 she moved to Fernandina Beach Fl, and began her teaching career at Fernandina Elementary and Middle School.

Mrs. Drew also assisted at the Avondale Florist which was owned by her mother.  She was active in the Daughters of The American Revolution and a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church.  Mrs. Drew was also an active member of the Republican Executive Committee and was the 7th registered Republican in Nassau County.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Joe H. Drew on October 22, 2013.

Mrs. Drew leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law Julie and Larry Howard of Ponte Vedra Beach Fl, and her son and daughter-in-law John M. Drew and Catherine Hardee Drew of Yulee Fl. her 3 grandsons: Cameron and Chandler Young and Joseph Drew, Her  former student and  lifelong companion,  friend and confidant,  Arlene Green.

The Family will receive friends on Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  at Oxley-Heard.

Funeral Services will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach with Rev. Wain Wesberry officiating. The Pallbearers will be Robert and Terry Fiege, Danny and Bill Leeper, John Mazzalla, Scott Gearis, Bubba Chauncey and Butch Osbourne.  Honorary Escort will be The Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Drew will be laid to rest beside her husband in the family Plot in Bosque Bello Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Nassau Education Foundation/ P.O. Box 17272/ Fernandina Beach Fl, 32035


15 Condolences

  • Bill & Judy Brown Cox Posted September 26, 2017 2:16 pm

    We are so sorry to read of the passing of Mary Tom, what an amazing lady, Fernandina Beach will not be the same without her. RIP sweet lady!!!!

  • Russell Fullwood Posted September 26, 2017 6:37 pm

    My Fondest Memories is from her teaching days at Fernandina Beach Jr High.she was so understanding ,fair,sweet but strong when she needed to be.she taught us all so much about life history she shared her knowledge her compassion and her clever and humorous moments.i was a trouble maker in her class.but she tamed me in no time at all she will be missed by so many of her students including me GOD BLESS the Drew Family

  • Betty and Steve Benton Posted September 26, 2017 9:33 pm

    Julie and John: Our sympathies to you and your families. It is difficult to lose someone you love dearly, but, it is more difficult to lose someone who you know loved you so unconditionally and with all her heart. May God bless you with his grace and comfort during this time of mourning.

  • Kelly Van Wagner McGregor Posted September 26, 2017 10:59 pm

    So many memories I was Mrs.Drew:s aid when I was in Junior High such an amazing lady. Sorry for your lost.

  • Guy & Daphine Thompson Posted September 27, 2017 1:48 pm

    We have had so many wonderful times over last years. We all loved you and will miss your smiling face. Warm hugs to the family. Rest in Peace, Old Friend.

  • Orlando & Janel Avila Posted September 27, 2017 8:17 pm

    John and family. You are like family to us. Mary Tom was a special lady who loved everyone and never met a stranger.
    She always asked about the kids and loved hearing stories about them.
    She will be sorely missed.

  • Jim and Nancy Mayo Posted September 27, 2017 10:16 pm

    John, we were so sorry to hear about Mary Tom. She left us much too soon but we’re glad you got her to the Keys. We know she will leave a big hole in your life. Try to fill it with all your great memories of an amazing mother.

  • Faye Flannery Posted September 28, 2017 8:05 am

    So sorry for your loss . Your mom was the sweetest and kind lady that I have ever met. I have many fond memories of her.She was a very love and caring person. I will miss her dearly!! Your family are in my prayers ❤️

  • Kathy Colson Posted September 28, 2017 10:20 am

    I had the privilege of meeting Mrs Drew at a loss cal hair salon she was truly amazing be of the happiest person I have ever met. I knew w her radiant smile is still shining making others smile.

  • Mack and Mary Jones Posted September 29, 2017 12:16 am

    Mary Tom has the unique and endearing ability to fill a room with more fun, more laughter, more energy and more heart than most are gifted with in a lifetime. Mack and I send our warmest and heartfelt condolences to her beloved family and all the many lives she touched. We were blessed to know her and love her and as she often said in closing her posts “HUGS.”

  • frank vacirca Posted September 29, 2017 10:30 am

    Our FBCA Board of Directors and School Community extends its deepest sympathy and devout prayers of love and support during this time of loss. A great and loving person, now, resides in Heaven with our Lord and Savior…She will be missed but her life and the love that she shared will continue to inspire us. Forward in Faith and Friendship! Frank Vacirca, Principal-Head of School. Fernandina Beach Christian Academy.

  • Jack Campbell Posted September 29, 2017 8:39 pm

    Julie and John;

    Your Mother, was a one in a lifetime type of lady. Her optimism, love and strength was what made her so very special. She was never my teacher, but I would walk by class everyday and she would always ask about my parents and grandparents, and we would always talk about the Gators! My sympathies go out all of the members of her family. We have lost another lady, that made Fernandina Beach, such a special place to live and grow up. I saw her this past February at my Aunts funeral. It was like the past 35 years had never existed. So glad I got to see her again. What a blessing she was to my life. God Speed, Mary Tom Drew!

  • Jo Jackson Leverette Posted September 30, 2017 10:45 am

    Deepest condolences to family and friends. Great memories from childhood days in Stevenson. R.I.P.

  • Laura P. Hammock Posted September 30, 2017 2:47 pm

    Julie and John,
    Your mother was loved by everyone who knew her. She always made me feel welcome in her home. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time.

  • Pam Richardson Posted October 22, 2017 12:16 pm

    Julie and John,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I just found this out today. I was a friend of Julie’s in high school. Your mom was a wonderful person and I have fond memories of her and your family. You both are in my thoughts and prayers and I pray that God will provide you both with the strength and love that you need. ❤

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