Mary Evelyn Jefferson

January 27, 1927February 17, 2021

Mary Evelyn Jefferson was born January 27, 1927 in Jacksonville, Florida to Perry and Nettie (Harvey) Strickland. She lived in California, Colorado and Virginia before returning home to Jacksonville in 1951. Mary had a passion for gardening and literature. She was known for her quick wit, her infectious smile, and her kind and compassionate spirit.

Mary was preceded in death by her father Perry, her mother Nettie, her sister Helen Hurst, her brother Woodrow, her husband Andrew C. McCauley, Jr., her husband Roy V. Jefferson, her granddaughter Mary Virginia McCauley, and her nephew Ronald Hurst.

She is survived by her three children Lenna I. Cooper, Terry V. Jefferson, and Andrew C. McCauley III; her three grandchildren Darrell Cooper, Chris Cooper and Tyler Jefferson; her three great-grandchildren Tailor Cooper, Baylee Cooper and Christian Cooper; nephew Richard Wilson and nieces Janet Pygott and Diane Sandefur. She also had many great nieces and nephews that loved her dearly.

Visitation will be Friday, February 26, 2021 at Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32205 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park and Funeral at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Dan Mclean will be conducting the service and Mary’s music therapist Peggy Grace will sing to her for the final time.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 27, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, February 27, 2021


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Dr. Dan Mclean

February 27, 2021

Loving Mary and being loved by Mary are two of the most significant gifts given me throughout my lifetime. Mary was an extraordinary woman with an extraordinary passion.

During Mary‘s time with Vitas, she was far more than just a patient... she became a friend and we became family.

To all of Mary‘s family and friends, thank you for the privilege and the gift of her life to ours. She will be forever missed, but we know soon we will join together with her in that glad heavenly reunion. Today, we do not mourn her death, rather, we celebrate her life! May the grace, mercy, and peace of Christ rest with each and all of her family and friends.

Andrew McCauley

February 22, 2021

I had my choice of all the Mothers in the world, I would have chosen you.

Teresa Rigsby

February 22, 2021

Terry & Andy, So sorry for your loss of a beautiful Mother! May she fly high with her BEAUTIFUL new wings, she is free and watching over you two. May God wrap his arms around you two and your family and give you comfort and strength to get through the day's to ahead.

Teresa Rigsby

Rebecca Haynes

February 19, 2021

She was a beautiful soul! I spent many years listening to her great stories of her lifetime. I will Cherish those moments and i will miss you dearly Mrs. Jefferson. May you rest in Heavenly peace.