Mary Lou Cole, 85, of Macclenny died October 9, 2011 at Baptist Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She was born on February 16, 1926 in Macclenny to Quentin T. and Ida Mae Dugger Milton. She graduated in 1944 from Macclenny High School and married Thomas J. Cole on April 7, 1944. They made their home in Miami and Key Largo, moving back to Macclenny in 1974 to build their retirement home.
Mrs. Cole retired from Northeast Florida State Hospital and was a member of Christian Fellowship Temple Church. She is preceded in death by husband Tom, son Tommy, daughter Shirley Glenda, grandson Malcolm (Boo) Chmielewski and sister Marion M. Lyons.
Survivors include her sister Sharon Chiasson of Macclenny, brothers Allen and Gary Milton of Macclenny; grandchildren Dawn Chmielewski, Sheila Finnegan, Richard, Jay, Timmy, Travis and Charles Cole, Robert Lynn Ryan and Sean Wilson; 11 great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; her very best friends and “surrogate family” Charles and Peggy Hall and children Amanda and Kenny. Many other nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, October 13 at 3 pm in the chapel of Guerry Funeral Home with the Rev. David Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1-3 pm prior to the service.