BLOUNSTOWN, FL -- Mrs. Mary Lizzie Taliaferro Stoutamire, age 87, of Advent Christian Village, Dowling Park FL went to The Lord on Monday, 25 February 2013.
Born December 18, 1925 Mary grew up on the family farm in Rowena, GA with her 4 brothers and 2 sisters. She left her family behind in 10th grade after Pearl Harbor to join the war effort at Warner Robins Air Base GA. Her wartime 'we can do it' spirit fit perfectly with the thousands of other pioneering women who would become known as the famous 'Rosie the Riveter' group. Instead of returning to the farm after the war she went to Panama City to run the Cove Hotel Dining room where her looks and personality captured the Mayor's attention and earned her the title 'Mrs. Panama City'. In 1950 JW Stoutamire convinced her to be his bride and she moved again to the Ochlocknee River on Highway 20 where she helped run the family fish camp.
While raising 3 children Mary went back to school, earned her high school diploma then graduated Cosmetology School at Lively and opened Mary's Beauty Shop on Jackson Bluff Road in Tallahassee. After she sold her shop yet another career in Home Healthcare introduced her to Advent Christian Village where she moves in March 1994. There she joined the Silver-tone Singers and Rhythm Band, chaired the monthly Birthday Club and was elected State Chairman of the Florida Rosie the Riveters Chapter. Only the love for her 3 children eclipsed her many professional achievements.
Survivors include one son, Colonel David Stoutamire, USAF (Ret) and his wife Jan of Plantation FL; Two daughters, Vena Lapping and her husband Tom of Bloomington MN; Pamela Marshall and her husband Rocky of Blountstown FL; One brother, Eugene Taliaferro and his wife Ann of Huber Heights OH; Six grandchildren, Justin and Darah Stoutamire, Jordan and Justine Lapping, Heather Cottrell (Marshall) and Rebekah Marshall.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, 27 February 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM EST at Peavy Funeral Home. On Thursday, 28 February, Funeral services begin at 11:00 EST at Peavy Funeral Home under the direction of Reverend David Odom. Interment will follow at 3:30 EST at Oak Grove Cemetery, Arlington GA. All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown FL.
Peavy Funeral Home
Blounstown, FL 850/674-2266