Mary Louise Owen Jernigan

March 23, 2021

On March 22, 2021 at 6:00 am, God decided to call one of his special children home at the age of 78, Mary Louise Owen Jernigan. Mary was born to Robert P Owen and Cora E Sapp on November 18, 1942 and lived most of her life in Pensacola, Florida.

Mary was a graduate of Pensacola High School, Class of 1960. She decided to go back to college later in her life and graduated the University of West Florida in 1981 with a double major in Accounting and a minor in Computers. She retired from Civil Service where she served as a System Analyst in Accounting. She was an avid Red Hatter with her friend Nancy Shubrook, as well worked at the Ronald McDonald House volunteering to cook meals and sweets once a week. She was very involved in the PTAs of McArthur Elementary and Pine Meadow Elementary, where she worked tirelessly trying to help the students and teachers have memorable experiences. She loved to be involved with the field trips, carnivals, crafts, and other events for these schools. Mary decided to be involved with her grandchildren every opportunity she could. This also included the annual Orange Beach Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras parade which was a family favorite.

Mary was a twice lung cancer survivor and struggled with COPD. She would not let any disease get her down and was not known to complain at all. Even with the breathing difficulties, she would travel to many different places to see new and exciting things.

Mary was survived by her only daughter, Minette Louise Nodhturft and her son-in-love, William (Bill) Nodhturft, her two grandchildren, William (Billy) Paul Nodhturft III and Madison Louise Nodhturft, her sister, Vonda Phetteplace and her brother-in-law, James (Jimmy) Phetteplace, Sr., her two nephews, James Phetteplace, Jr and his wife, Dottie, and Eddy Phetteplace and his wife, Michelle, and one great nephew, Corey Phetteplace. She also leaves behind three precious lifetime friends, Jana Peaden Labrato, Ileane Sexton and Jonnie Mae Williams who shared many exciting adventures, travels and memories. And finally, she leaves her two daily fur companions, Duke and Penny who brought her great joy and were by her side tirelessly to the very end.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10AM on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at Faith Chapel North, 1000 Highway 29, Cantonment, Florida.

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