Tifton Gazette


December 3, 2012

Mary Ida Lisenby

TIFTON — Mary Ida Walker Lisenby, 92, a longtime resident of Tift County, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Tift Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday in the chapel of Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors with the Rev. Jackie Connell and the Rev. Raymond Lisenby officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in West Berrien. The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 tonight at Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Born Sept. 30, 1920, in Tifton to the late Wiley Green Walker and Effie Jane Rooks Walker, Mrs. Lisenby was also preceded in death by her husband, George Martin Lisenby; one son, Larry Lisenby; one son-in-law, Julian Giddens; one granddaughter, Melinda Braswell Watson; and five brothers and three sisters, Edwin Walker, Ernest Walker, Alvin Walker, Abry Walker, Henry “Buddy” Walker, Matti Lue Walker, Evelyne Walker, and Leor Walker.

Mrs. Lisenby retired from Tift General Hospital (TRMC) where she was a nurse’s aide and worked in central supply. She enjoyed crocheting, ceramics, sewing, working puzzles, and painting. She also wrote songs and poems. Mrs. Lisenby worked at both the old and new Tifton hospitals and she also worked at the first nursing home in Tifton, Henderson Nursing Home. Mrs. Lisenby loved her family and was of the Church of God faith.

Mrs. Lisenby is survived by her children, Joyce and Donald Hall of Macon, Raymond and Betty Lisenby of Lenox, Jackie L. Giddens of West Berrien, and Linda and James Braswell of Tifton; a daughter-in-law, Gloria Lisenby of West Berrien; a brother, Willie Walker of Brandon, Fla.; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Hattie Belle Rhodes of Tampa, Fla., and Betty and Harold Cain of Lake Wales, Fla.; 19 grandchildren, Steven Hall, Donna Cason, Cindy Bailey, Vicky Latta, Marty Lisenby, Kim Quillin, James Lisenby, Teresa Grinnage, Babs Tate, Benn Barr, Wayman Giddens, Marlin Giddens, Ed Giddens, Duane Lisenby, Dawn Hardy, Diana Hintermeister, Darrell Braswell, David Braswell, and Paula Yeomans; 36 great-grandchildren; 26 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.       

Online condolences may be shared by visiting albritton-beaumontfuneralhome.com.

Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.


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