Mae's Story

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Mae Overstreet Cannady, age 72, of White Springs, FL. passed away on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Suwannee Valley Nursing Center in Jasper.
Memorial services were held Oct. 25 at First Baptist Church in White Springs, FL. with Pastor Brandon Witt officiating.
Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.
Mae, the daughter of Oval and Rachel Rice Overstreet, was born in Adair County, Kentucky on January 8, 1944. As a young woman she met John Lester Cannady of Hamilton County and the two were married and soon after made their home in White Springs for the next 38 years until his sudden passing in Feb. of 1999.
Mae worked for the Hamilton County School System in the food service department for a number of years. She loved working at the school because she was so very fond of doing for others and she felt like she could make a difference in some child's life by being there. Mae became "Nanny," not just to her own grandchildren but to the many children in the community that she took into her home to babysit. Mothers could go off to work and have peace because they knew that their children would be cared for with all the love that Mae Cannady had to give.
It was that same gift, the gift of nurturing, that led Mae to be called on later to be a "sitter" for some of the elderly in the community. She felt extremely humbled by the confidence that was placed in her by these families. While her own health was still good, she did so love to get out in the garden and work or in the flower beds working her magic with that green thumb she had. Mae was an active member of First Baptist Church in White Springs, FL. as long as her health permitted. She believed that there was a reason and a purpose for everything. She counted her blessings, seldom realizing that she "was" the blessing to so many in her life.
Proverbs 31:28 reads, "Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her." This scripture was no doubt fulfilled in Mae's life. She will always be remembered by those that knew her as a faithful wife, mother and Nanny. Mae was preceded in death by her husband, John Lester Cannady and a daughter, Cynthia Lynn Cannady.
Survivors include two daughters whom she loved with all of her being, Sandra Palmer and her husband Matthew of Jacksonville, FL. and Marie Harrell and her husband Mike of Jennings, FL.; one brother, Marion Overstreet and his wife Joan and a sister, Sheila Newton and her husband Bill, all of Kentucky; also surviving are the two grandchildren that made her heart beat, Derrek and Laura Rachel Bryan.
Memorial contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 6037 West U.S. Hwy 90, Lake City, FL. 32055 or to the Parkinson's Foundation.
Harry T. Reid Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published on November 1, 2016
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