1930 - 2010

MARY M. BLOUNT -  79 - Citrus and Chemical Bank
BARTOW - Mary M. Blount, of Bartow died Saturday, May 22, 2010, due to cancer. Born Dec. 11, 1930, in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania suburb of Wilkinsburg to Scottish immigrants David and Joan Lawson McNair. Mrs. Blount moved to Bartow as a young wife and mother in October of 1954. She was a 1948 graduate of Wilkinsburg High School and attended night courses at the University of Pittsburg. At age 19, she was chosen from a secretarial pool of 88 at US Steel Headquarters to serve as an executive secretary to the Marketing Manager after winning the Pittsburg area stenography and typing contest.
 When the Korean War broke out in June of 1950, she and two friends were stranded in Miami Beach while on their way to a summer vacation at the Navy Base in Puerto Rico. She met the love of her life and husband of 49 years, the late Bob Blount. Mrs. Blount worked for Citrus and Chemical Bank and as lead Secretary for the closure of the Bartow Air Base Military Section prior to finding her life's work in medical practice management. Mrs. Blount went to work for Dr.'s Tom and Clyde Gibson in the early 1960's and became office manager, a position she occupied until her retirement in 1995. Along the way the medical practice became Gibson and McMicken in 1967, and finally Watson Clinic Bartow, 1987.
 She enjoyed athletic competition and through her job became long term Secretary for the Bartow High School Super Boosters during the Paul Quinn years. Coach Quinn and the Boosters awarded her an honorary football letter for her tireless efforts. Although she had a full time career, she was very involved in school volunteer work during her children's school years as a PTA officer, homeroom mother, and later as a dance chaperone.
 She and her husband had their front yard paved so that high school children would have a place to park their cars for parties and recreation without blocking the neighborhood driveways. Mrs. Blount loved dancing in Big Band Swing contests, singing, traveling, and fine dining. Her favorite times to herself were her 20 plus years of weekly bridge club with the girls and later in life with the Perkins for Lunch Bunch ladies. She had a self proclaimed "passion for people" and implored her children and grandchildren to develop the same. Her greatest loves were her daily Bible reading and her churches. Mrs. Blount became a member of First United Methodist Church, Bartow, shortly after her arrival in 1954, and then she and many others chartered Asbury Methodist Church in 1957. At the time of her death she was a member of Lake Ruth Baptist Church.
 Mrs. Blount was pre-deceased by her husband, parents, sisters Julie Adam and Nettie Hopkins, and brother Andrew Thompson.
 She is survived by her daughter Leslie Medders and husband Donnie; son Bill Blount; son #2 Greg Buck and wife Debbie; daughter Patti Kanline and husband Ken; grandchildren Rachel Blount, Meredith Blount, Annabeth Blount, Billy Blount, Lauren Perrine, Kenny Kanline, and Katie Kanline, great-grandson Gabriel Brown; her brother David McNair and wife Marge of Greenburg, PA; sister Mrs. Joan Hurrell of Penn Hills, PA and many nieces and nephews.
 The Family will receive friends Wednesday May 26, 2010 at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 East Main Street in Bartow. Funeral services will be Thursday May 27, 2010 at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church of Bartow, 310 South Broadway in Bartow. The interment will follow at Wildwood Cemetery in Bartow, Florida. – Ledger, May 25, 2010

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