Mary Boles

Mary Elizabeth "Lib" Boles (Johnson)

Friday, February 7th, 1936 - Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
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Lib declared Victory in Jesus’s name Wednesday, May 6, 2020 and went home to be with her Lord. She was born February 7, 1936 in Pensacola, FL and was a lifelong resident of Milton, FL. She is survived by her husband, Percy Alford, husband for 19 years, sibling James Eli (Betty) Johnson, her two sons, Judson Gordon (Daphne) Boles, Chadwick Johnson (Cyn) Boles, two granddaughters, Kala (D.J.) Renee Boles Josephson and Francise Elizabeth Boles and three great-grandchildren Bobby, Elizabeth and Kenzie Josephson.

Lib graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (API), renamed shortly thereafter to Auburn University, in 1958. It was in her senior year, Auburn won the first of many College Football Championships, besting Alabama 14-8 to seal it. After graduation, her degree from the College of Education and her overflowing love for children and family, brought her back to Milton, FL. As loyal to her career as she was to her family, she began teaching at Navy Point Elementary and then taught for thirty years in the Santa Rosa County School School District's Berryhill Elementary.

Lib married Julius (Gordon) Boles, another long time Milton resident and businessman, in 1964. She then moved to an eighty-acre live oak forest on Pine Blossom Road, bore two sons and loved all three as Christ taught. From Christ’s Love, came mom’s steely guidance, undying loyalty and perpetual forgiveness. While farming and teaching were lifelong vocations, her knowledge of Christ grew at First
Baptist Church of Milton, FL before and after college. For a brief period, she attended a torchlight of Christ’s love; Pine Terrace Baptist Church.

After Berryhill retirement, Gordon’s elder care and Jud and Chad finding their own way, Lib had many new beginnings. She began to travel and exercise, became a member of the Pensacola Quilter's Guild and dusted off her hymn book in the FBC choir.

In 2001, Lib married Percy Alford, originally from Birmingham, AL and a lettering halfback for Shug Jordan's 1953 Auburn Tigers.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Judge A.L. Johnson and Mary Burnham Johnson, the father of her children Gordon Boles, her sisters Joann McCombs, Marjorie Barganier, and two brothers, Francis Leo Johnson and T. Sol Johnson.

She is yours Lord, and always has been.

LEWIS FUNERAL HOME is in charge of the arrangements. A home-going graveside service is scheduled at 11 a.m at Serenity Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the First Baptist Church Benevolent Group.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, May 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 9th, 2020 11:00am
    Serenity Gardens Cemetery
    6208 Stewart Street
    MILTON, FL 32570
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  • Interment

    Serenity Gardens Cemetery
    6208 Stewart Street
    MILTON, FL 32570
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Posted at 06:52pm
Our favorite memory of Lib is the lots of laughter & joy shared when she and Percy came to Atlanta for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in 2007 when Auburn beat Clemson in overtime! We were blessed to be Chad’s guests at the Home Depot box that Chad won for the best decoration Auburn-style in a room he and Cynnie had at their house. And to share that with our Papa wearing his $3 yard sale Lily Pulitzer Tiger blazer was priceless! We will always cherish her winning smile! Many Blessings, Bert and Lindy Kelling

Deanna Gillis

Posted at 09:32pm
My mother Mary Padgett and Lib were great friends.
Our prayers are with you during this time. She was a great Southern Lady!!
Deanna Gillis and Mary Padgett

Jamie Byers

Posted at 08:29pm
Mrs Boles will be forever loved. You know she made in impact on a person’s life when they can remember clearly sitting in her 5th grade class 30 years ago. I know she’s in heaven teaching children with God.

Rhonda Gill-Love

Posted at 01:04pm
im gonna miss aunt lib.. she was always there for us when we was younger.. I remember when my dad couldn't afford to get me a costume for the halloween parade at berry hill. she made me one so I wouldn't have to walk in my regular cloths.. she always thought about others and tried to help

David McNeill

Posted at 12:24pm
Mrs. Boles was always such. kind lady to Chad's friends, myself included. So sorry to the whole family for your loss of such a wonderful woman.

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