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Posted: June 26, 2009 12:00 a.m.

Ms. Mary Jo will be missed

As we celebrate the 100 year birthday of Mary Frances Hays Wofford, we celebrate the life spirit of Mary Jo Dally Whitley, who died this past week at the age of 86.

Ms. Mary Jo was born to the Dally family - a family rich in the heritage of Jersey, Social Circle and Walton County.

She was married to Dr. Thomas Whitley Sr. and spent countless hours supporting him and his efforts to contribute to the growth of Columbus State University, where he was the long-time president. For these efforts and her special counseling of students, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the university.

She was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a supporter of the Friends of the Library and a member of the Social Circle Garden Club and gave much of her time and efforts to help support many other groups who served her beloved communities.

She was also very active in her church.

Ms. Mary Jo always found time to give a word of encouragement to anyone who needed it.

Her enthusiasm for life and her family and multitudes of friends was endless.

We mourn the passing of such people like Mary Jo Dally Whitley because they physically aren't with us anymore, but we will always celebrate the spirit of a woman who gave so much to her God, her family, her friends and her community.


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