Mary Stubbs Tyson passed away on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at University Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born in Savannah, daughter of John M. and Moina Stroud Stubbs. She was a graduate of Savannah High School and Agnes Scott College in Atlanta and later earned a Master’s degree in Education from Georgia Southern College. She was very close to her cousin Millie Mallory growing up and thought of her as a sister throughout her life.
In 1952, she married the love of her life, John S. Tyson, III to whom she was married 59 years until his death in 2012. Their marriage was full of love, humor, learning, and faith. They had a deep dedication to each other. Mrs. Tyson had an extensive career in education as an elementary school teacher and later an elementary librarian in Savannah with the Chatham County Board of Education. Above all else, she was a dedicated educator to many students in Savannah. She loved especially reading as well as sharing poetry with her students, family, and friends.
She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Savannah where she taught for close to 50 years the 5th. & 6th. grade Sunday school class. She was a woman of deep faith and loved her Church family especially the students she taught. She was always active in the events of the Church. Throughout her life she enjoyed sharing her faith with others. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Education Society, the Savannah Symphony Guild, the Telfair Museum of Art, the English Speaking Union and for over 40 years, a member of a group of dear friends that met monthly, “The Movie Club “.
Mrs. Tyson appreciated the artistic talents of others, passionate about art collecting and sharing her art with others. She loved antiques and fashion. Mrs. Tyson never met a stranger and had a wonderful optimistic disposition that always reached out to help others. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She had a wonderful sense of humor, compassion for others, and appreciation of life’s blessings.
Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Mary Lynn Tyson and Dr. Philip Andrew Horton of Augusta, GA; granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Horton, Esq. of Atlanta, GA; cousins, Dr. Valerie Nix (Patrick Murphy) of Columbia, Maryland and Jane Nix of Laurel, Maryland.
The family wishes to thank the Brandon Wilde Retirement Community, especially the Pavilion staff, for the continued care and support given to Mrs. Tyson while a resident. The family also wishes to thank care givers Linda Jackson, Siglinda Seabrooks and Tyasiah Simmons for the exceptional care and love they provided to Mrs. Tyson. Deep appreciation also to her Church families at First Baptist Church of Savannah and Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Augusta for the prayers and encouragement.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.
The graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2020 in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.
Social Distancing and the wearing of a mask are required for the safety of everyone attending the visitation and the service.
Remembrances: First Baptist Church of Savannah, P.O. Box 9551, Savannah, GA 31412-9551 or Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 2230 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904.
Dr. Tyson our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
- Sean Burke, Augusta, GA
Lynn, Your mother’s love is with you forever. May you find strength in all of your wonderful memories together. Sandy
- Sandy Ligneel, Savannah, GA
How blessed we were to have been graced by Mary’s friendship. We had a deep love for her and John. Our prayers are with Lynn, Phillip and Mary Elizabeth. Rev. Carolyn and Mr. James Cubbedge
- Rev. Carolyn Hale Cubbedge, Pooler, GA
Mary led a wonderful and blessed life, and she has a loving and devoted family. Many of our lives have been touched by Mary and we will carry that forward.
- Susan and Vernon, Aiken, SC
May peace be with you and your family and friends Dr. Tyson and MB Horton.
- Julie Robert, Augusta, GA
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She was such a great lady! ❤️
- Kimbo , Acworth , GA
God give rest and glory to His faithful servant. May she stand in light eternal.
- James Andrew Menger, Augusta, GA
Our beautiful, beloved Steel Magnolia is now blooming in a better place..Let's raise our glass tonight in celebration of a long and fruitful life..We will miss her soooooo!
- Nata Bayless, Savannah, Georgia
Your mother was such a gracious lady. Prayers for comfort for your family. Blessings
- Kathy Ringel, Martinez , Georgia 30907
Heaven has added an Angel, your Mom was such a kind person to know. God Bless you and your Family and watch over you during this most difficult time
- Liz Smith, Evans, Georgia
Oh Mary Lynn and Phil, am so sorry to learn of your Mama’s passing... our heartfelt prayers are with you now, and for peace in the days and months to come, Marcie and Mark
- Marcie Wilhelmi , Augusta , GA
Lynn and Phil, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, Lynn. I am thinking of you during this time. Take care. Karen
- Karen Lowery, Martinez, Georgia
I will miss our many talks about about art. She will be missed. Prayers to all the family.
- Janet Goethe, Savannah, Georgia
I will miss Mary. She was such a lovely and sweet person to know and talk with. God bless you all. I'll always remember my Brandon Wilde Residents who have blessed my life.
- Chaplain (Rev.) Michael Riddle, Evans, GA
our family fondly remembers Mary & John - we celebrate her memory with you, but will always miss her cheerful exuberant self. We are grateful for a lifetime of wonderful memories!
- Sutton Famiily, Savannah, GA
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Fri, December 11, 2020
- Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (map)
Savannah GA 31406
- Graveside Service
- 2:00 p.m. on Sat, December 12, 2020
- Greenwich Cemetery
330 Greenwich Road (map)
Savannah GA 31404