Alene Vandergriff

Hamilton County

Mary Alene Hixson Vandergriff, 86, of Jacksonville, Fla., wife, mother, grandmother and friend, beloved by all, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.Alene was born on July 8, 1926, in Chattanooga, to Luther and Louise Brown Hixson.Alene was preceded in death by her parents and brother John Brown Hixson. She loved the Hixson area of Chattanooga, the namesake of her familys lineage. Alene was a full-time mother and home-maker. She was a member of Mandarin United Methodist Church in Mandarin and in her younger years a very active member of the United Methodist Womens group.Alene will be remembered as a caring person who laughed a lot and loved people. She will be remembered as a mother who was totally devoted to her children, and as a wife who loved her husband more than anything in her life.She leaves behind her devoted husband of 67 years, Raymond William "Ray" Vandergriff; daughter, Gaye Foote (Anderson Marshall); son, Kevan Vandergriff; grandchildren, Angela (Joshua) Sheppard, Christen Foote, Justan Vandergriff; sisters, Ada Caroline Guinn and Virginia Griffith and many other family members and friends.A Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in Mandarin Cemetery, Mandarin Road with the Rev. Debbie McLeod as officiant.Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of NE Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257.Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com 904-288-0025.

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