ELISABETH CULVER ALFORD McLANE
1915 GA – 2002 GA
Valdosta, Lowndes Co., GA—Wednesday, 30 October 2002
VALDOSTA—Elisabeth Alford McLane, 87, 60-year resident of
Valdosta, died at her home on Monday Oct. 28, 2002.
Born in Milledgeville, on May 3, 1915, she was
the daughter of Louise Little and Roy Stephens Alford. Mrs. McLane was a
charter member of Park Avenue United Methodist Church. She was a pioneer in the
development of special education programs, serving in numerous capacities over
42 years as an educator: She was well known as a florist and wedding
consultant. She was associated with Parkwood Developmental Center for many
years. Mrs. McLane was a member of the Georgia Retired Educators Association.
She was immediate Past President of the Grand Gardeners Club, a member of the
Camellia Garden Club and was a Life Member of the Garden Center of Valdosta.
She also held memberships with the Colonel Ebenezer Folsom National Society of
the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Wymodausis Womens Club, and was
an honorary member of the Captain James Monroe Briggs United Daughters of the
Survivors are her sons and daughters-in-law,
Larry and Lina Griner, Marshall and Terry McLane, all of Valdosta;
grandchildren, John Griner of Boston, Mass., Daniela Griner of Athens, Marshall
(Mac) McLane Jr., Kelly McLane, Stephens Griner; Stephanie Walizer; Kristie
Walizer; all of Valdosta.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis
McLane; a sister; Louise Alford Howard, and brothers, William Alford Sr., and
Roy Alford Sr.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.,
Thursday Oct. 31, 2002, at Park Avenue United Methodist Church…. Burial will
follow in Sunset Hill Cemetery The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m.
this evening at Carson McLane Funeral Home.
from Sunset Hill Cemetery, Valdosta, Lowndes Co., GA—www.findagrave.com
granted by the photographer, Robert Strickland
NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Elizabeth [sic]
A. McLane (issued in GA).
We included the obituaries of her paternal
grandfather, Allen Stephens Alford, in South Carolina Obituaries; and of her
paternal grandmother, Julia Ann Avery Alford, in Georgia Obituaries.
_____, GA—Thursday, 23 April 1998
RECEPTION AT CRESCENT TO HONOR
resident Elisabeth McLane will be honored at a reception from 2–5 p.m. Sunday
afternoon, May 3, at the Woman's Building on Patterson Street.
Mrs. McLane has touched
so many lives in South Georgia," said Dee Knox, one of the group of
friends and family organizing the gala event. "She has inspired many to
attain higher goals...."
Mrs. McLane is fondly
remembered by the hundreds of brides in the area whose weddings she helped plan
and direct as owner and operator of Central Floral Co. Following her retirement
after 42 years in the public school system, she worked at Parkwood Development
Center for many years.
Her educational career
began in the Echols County School System and continued in Lowndes County where
she set up the lunchroom program at Naylor, and later worked as visiting
teacher. She and her late husband, Louis McLane, were affiliated with the
Carson McLane Funeral Home, ministering to many in a time of grief.
Mrs. McLane was born
Elisabeth Culver Alford in Milledgeville, where she grew up. She is a graduate
of Peabody High School and the Georgia State College for Women, and holds a
Master of Education degree from the University of Georgia and the Education
Specialist from Florida State University.
She is the mother of
two sons, Marshall and Larry; and the grandmother of five.
Mrs. McLane is a member
of the Park Avenue United Methodist Church, the Literary Guild, the Retired
Educators Association, Garden Club and Genealogy Society and a past member of
Delta Kappa Gamma, American Association of University Women and Professional
Association of Georgia Educators....
Elisabeth was an early and strong supporter of
genealogical research of her family and her part of Georgia. She was personally
responsible for recruiting many AAFA members, in some cases paying their
registration fee and first year dues. She was present at seven AAFA annual
meetings and would have attended more had her health permitted.
After Elisabeth’s death AAFA received from an unrelated
member this note with a check:
Please apply this check to the
scholarship fund for the advancement of genealogy in memory of Elisabeth
McLane. She did love to research the Alford family. She wore her Alford pin on
her dark blue suit into eternity.
Her lineage: Elisabeth Culver 1915 GA1,
Roy Stephens 1879 GA2, Allen Stephens 1848 GA3, John
Allen 1815 GA4, William 1794 NC5, Kinchen 1768 NC6,
Lodwick 1710 VA7, James 1687 VA8, John 1645 VA9.