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Updated: 10/04/2013 06:20:15PM

Mary R. Edwards

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Mary R. (nee Daughtrey) Edwards, 83, of Fort Ogden, Fla., passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

She was born Jan. 18, 1930, in Fort Ogden to Julius and Palma Daughtrey.

Mary graduated from DeSoto High School in 1948. She went on to raise three daughters and served as Postmistress at the El Jobean Post Office for 37 years until she retired in 2006. Mary truly loved and enjoyed all the cats and dogs that found their way into her life over the years and made sure to take care of the birds and squirrels in her yard. She was a very loving daughter, mother, grandmother and friend and will be deeply missed.

Mary is survived by her three daughters, Mary L. Edwards of Port Charlotte, Fla., Florence J. Edwards of Port Charlotte, and Edwina R. Edwards of Fort Ogden; grandson, Jordan Chatham of Columbia, S.C.; three great-grandsons; and many friends that she considered family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Palma (nee Thomas) Daughtrey.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Fort Ogden. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Wayne Earnest officiating. Burial will follow at Fort Ogden Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090, or Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Dr., Englewood, FL 34224, in Mary’s name. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger Kays Grady Funeral Home of Arcadia, Fla.

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