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Mary Jean White

Mary Jean White Ivens

d. January 18, 2021

View Video Tribute View Funeral Webcast Mary Jean Ivens, 73, longtime resident of Columbia, died Monday at Starr Regional Medical Center in Athens, Tennessee, where she has made her home for many years. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home with Mike Bryan and Randy Fox officiating. Burial will follow in Hardison Cemetery on Rock Springs Road. The family will visit with friends Friday from 4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. A memorial service will be held at the Sweetwater Church of Christ in Athens, Tennessee at a later date. Memorials can be made to Hardison Cemetery c/o Marie Brown, 2049 Rock Springs Road, Columbia, TN 38401 or The Tennessee Children’s Home in Knoxville, Condolences may be extended online at Born November 8, 1947 in Columbia, she was the daughter of Mary Lou “Tooter” White and the late Edward Eugene “Gene” White. She was a graduate of Columbia Central High School class of 1965, and on September 11, 1965 she married Thomas Larry Parks, who preceded her in death on October 14, 2002. Together, she and Larry attended Greenfield Bend Church of Christ for almost 30 years. Mrs. Ivens worked at Redman Davis Insurance as a secretary, Hillview Healthcare Center as the Activity Director, and later retired as a receptionist for NHC Place, Cool Springs. On October 1, 2011, she married John Ivens and they began their life together in Athens, Tennessee. Mrs. Ivens loved to sing. For many years, she sang in a group called Conquest where she was known as the momma of the group. She attended the New Lasea Church of Christ, and more recently attended the Sweetwater Church of Christ in Athens, Tennessee. Mrs. Ivens loved spending time with her family both in Athens and in Columbia. She will be greatly missed for her fun, loving, and caring spirit. She is survived by her husband, John Ivens of Athens, Tennessee; mother, Mary Lou “Tooter” White of Columbia; daughter Deborah Jo “Debbie” (Kevin) Brink of Columbia; granddaughter, Melody Brink of Columbia; grandson, Alex Brink of Columbia; sister, Annie Lee (Greg) Grissom; stepson, Rodney (Tina) Ivens; step-granddaughters, Casey McCollum and Cheyenne Miller; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and special friends, Bert and Rayanna Bailey, Mike and Donna McKee, and Richard and Lucy Tormoehlen. In addition to her husband, Larry Parks and her father, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ollie Lee White and Joe White; and maternal grandparents, Joe Chestnut and Annie Chestnut. Active pallbearers will be Tanner Bryan, Adam Sanders, Todd Campbell, Sam McDaniel, Steve Holmes, Jason Delk, John Waldrum, and Adam Grissom. The family would like to express a special thank you to the Doctors and Staff at Starr Regional Medical Center in Athens for their wonderful care and support over these past weeks.


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