She was predeceased by her parents, E.M. Davis and Gladys Childs Davis; her husband, Edwin Boyd Ellison; and her siblings, E. Mac Davis Jr., Floyd Davis and Carolyn Pettigrew.
Born in Jones County, Mary was raised there and in Clay County, where her father owned a lumber business. She graduated from Clay County High School and the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. She earned a master’s degree in English at Georgia College & State University and did postgraduate work at the University of Florida.
Widowed during World War II, Mary raised her two children while teaching school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Thomson and Milledgeville. She was a seventh-grade teacher at Peabody Laboratory School and then taught English and history at Baldwin High School in Milledgeville for many years. She was instrumental in curriculum development for the Baldwin County Schools in the 1970s. On retirement, she returned to her birthplace, Wayside, where she built a home and lived for 30 years. While in Jones County, she was active in the Old Clinton Historical Society and the Grassroots Art Projects in the Jones County School System. She moved to Carlyle Place in Macon soon after its opening and had a full and happy life there.
Always a world traveler, Mary spent a year studying in Malaga, Spain, and another in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She participated in Earthwatch missions and traveled extensively for pleasure in Europe, Asia, and South America.
Mary had a lifelong interest in conservation. She went green long before it was politically correct and was a charter member of the Georgia Conservancy. She was a Girl Scout leader in Milledgeville and taught Sunday School in the Presbyterian church. A woman of strong faith, she was an active Presbyterian her entire life, serving as an elder and on several presbytery committees.
Mary was an avid reader and lover of poetry and history. She enjoyed bridge, golf, rug hooking, and bird watching. As a young woman, she had a pilot’s license and was in the air in Milledgeville in 1941 when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
Mary is survived by her son Boyd and wife Mary Wain, her daughter Beth and husband Tom Ciccarillo, grandchildren, Richard Ellison (Heather) and Amanda Buchanan (Chris), six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family is grateful to Mary’s personal care provider, Clementine Hendrick, and the staff of Carlyle Place for their excellent care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northminster Presbyterian Church Endowment, 565 Wimbish Road, Macon, GA 31210, or to Wayside Presbyterian Church, c/o Ellen Thompson, 603 Cyler Road, Gray, GA 31032.
Bridges Funeral Home and Crematory in Gray has charge of arrangements. Please visit the online memorial at www.bridgesfh.com.