OBITUARY

Lena Mae Abbott

May 26, 1930January 7, 2020

Lena Mae Abbott (known by friends and family as Mae or Maema) was born to James and Agnes Burch in Lake City, Fl and was raised in Jasper, FL. She often joked she was from Plumb Nelly….Plumb out of Georgia and Nelly out of Florida! She was a graduate of Jasper High School and Florida State University. She taught first grade and Specific Learning Disabilities at Richey Elementary School in New Port Richey, FL and later at Azalea Park Elementary School in Orlando, FL She has two children, Victor Alan Mallett and Vivian Lee Mallett Pozo (Joe Pozo), from her first marriage to Lester Mallett. In 1975, she married the love of her life and soul mate Doyle E. Abbott and her heart grew to encompass her love for step-children Hugh A. Abbott (Robbin Abbott) and Dennis E. Abbott (Dawn Abbott). Mae and Doyle were married for 36 joy filled years before his death in 2011. Mae and Doyle were known for their hospitality and loved to entertain their family and many friends at their home on Lake Down in Windermere, FL. She was an accomplished cook and served many meals that featured foods from their garden and fruit trees. They made many friends through the Tropical Fruit Club in Orlando and their property was often visited by people who came to enjoy whatever was blooming, growing or fruiting at the time. Mae was an expert seamstress and made beautiful clothing for herself, family and friends. She was a craftsperson who made drapes, bedspreads, pillows, wall hangings and would even upholster furniture. Her indomitable spirit was willing to tackle anything! Her comments and repartees were enjoyed by all. Her funny anecdotes and stories will be remembered fondly and sorely missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing her. Mae and Doyle traveled the world with friends and family. They loved to take the family on vacations where many memories were created. Their travels included numerous trips to Costa Rica where they made friends that became part of their extended “Tico” family. Mae moved to High Springs, FL in 2011 to live beside her beloved and loving daughter. She was comfortable in her home and would often say she had moved back toward her roots in North Florida. From her windows she enjoyed watching all the wildlife which would visit the property from neighboring O’Leno State Park. She still loved to cook and entertain family and her recipes will continue to be shared and enjoyed by family. In addition to her children, Lena Mae (MaeMa) is survived by grandchildren Jennifer Monath, Larissa DeDea, Brandon Abbott and Jarrett Abbott; great-grandchildren Nicole Griffin, Thomas Hayduk, Luna Abbott and Freya Abbott; and great-great-grandchildren Skyler, Josiah and Noah Griffin. She was the matriarch of 5 generations! She would laughingly say she was better than a grandmother…she was a GREAT, GREAT grandmother! There will be a celebration of her life and a tree planting ceremony to be held at her home in High Springs on Sunday, March 1st, 2020 at 1:00 PM. No flowers, instead for those wishing you can make a donation in her name to the Scleroderma Foundation at www.scleroderma.org

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Fawn Helsel

January 21, 2020

I have very special memories of Mae when my grandchildren, Jack and Ella, were very young. We would walk down to visit her and Doyle, and have many pleasant tours around their beautiful yard filled with edibles.
The vegetable garden was a treat and we left with food to share. Mae was always so sweet and would talk with Jack and Ella and tell them stories about her life.
These are lasting memories for everyone and I wish I had a photo to share.
I feel very blessed that they were just a few houses away from me and my family.

Andrea Willens

January 21, 2020

When my friend, Dawn and I visited Mae in late 2016, Vivian wasn’t able to be there. I was concerned a golf cart ride would be tiring but Mae was in high spirits and ready to roll!! I suggested that we go back to the house, but she said: no way, not yet we have more to see🛺. Wild women driving us to the back of the state park, to see Vivian & Joe’s outdoor gear, kayaks and pontoon boat. There were animals to see and all on a lovely day! She gave us a joy ride! Miss her terribly and love her much.
I can hear Mae and Doyle’s laughter now!

Larissa DeDea

January 21, 2020

Oh Maema so many memories to share I don’t know where to begin. I loved your stories - about me running naked through the corn field, about Jenni knocking on the door saying “let me in, this is my Mommy talking!” I loved peeling those “little green things” with you... I enjoyed listening to stories of when you were younger and when mom and Vic were growing up! I loved how you made me a beautiful dress that I wore for my graduation - what an excellent seamstress you were - you could literally make anything! Every time I go camping I am reminded of you - you made collecting firewood easy in the wood basket / carrier you made me. Every time I cut a mango 🥭 I think of how you taught me to do it - THE EASY WAY! And I think of the stories you told about being allergic to the peel but loving mangoes so much anyway! You told me when I was 10 to dry my face by pushing UP with the towel because gravity worked against my face all day long and it didn’t need any more help! You and Doyle told me about credit cards and savings accounts and retirement. What a wonderful woman you were - I am sad you’re gone... but so grateful you left us 90 years worth of love, life lessons, and memories to share.

Marcela Delgado

January 20, 2020

I remember Maema with so much love!!! She was a very caring person and both her and Doyle made us feel at home when we visit from Costa Rica. I remember drinking South conforts and having the delicious dishes made by Maema!!! We will always remember Maema!!!

Rocio Delgado

January 20, 2020

Thanksgiving with my Orlando Family!

Rocio Delgafo

January 20, 2020

So many memories I can’t even begin... Both Doyle and Maema were family to me for more than 30 years!! First time I met them I felt so welcomed and loved. I enjoyed helping Maema with the cooking, learning new recipes, sharing her new creation for her bedroom and enjoyed sitting in the bar and watch Doyle prepare his Old Conforts always with that big smile in their face. They were simply incredible. I was so sad to hear about Doyle, I visited Maema when she was moving to Vivian’s and I luckily got some Gator cups and some old pictures from both that Maema gave me.
On Sép last year I went to say goodbye. I knew it was goodbye and it hurt a lot but I feel so happy now that I was able to visit her!! Vivian and Joe were wonderful to her and she leaves behind a great family. Doyles sons and grandsons became her family and I also remember them deeply.
Rest in peace dear Maema with the love of your life. You both will never be forgotten!!
Love you so much! 💝💝

Andrea Willens

January 19, 2020

I remember Mae’s humor and laughter from the first moment I met her at Azalea Park Elementary School. As I go through my photo albums, I find wonderful pictures of her and Doyle and think of drifting on floats around their dock drinking Doyle’s famous Old Fashions.
I have only fond and happy memories of whenever I was visiting them. Here are some lovely photos of them. They make me happy!

Suzann Wisner

January 19, 2020

We only knew dear, sweet Mae a couple of years but we always looked forward to her visits to Canopy Walk. She shared many stories - all interesting, loving, informative - about her life and family. And of course, there was her deep love for Doyle; we felt we knew him!

We will miss her and forever remember her fondly.

Our thoughts go out to her loving and devoted family.

Suzann and Richard

Nicole Griffin

January 19, 2020

Oh Maema I love you dearly and think about you everyday. I know the hurt will fade but I pray your memory never will.

Vivian Pozo

January 18, 2020

FROM THE FAMILY