Sunrise:  July 11, 1943     Sunset:  June 26th, 2017

Mary L. Noland-McPherson passed away on June 26th, 2017 at her residence in Cleveland, Ohio.  She was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Margie Noland-Lawhorn and Robert Earl Abrams.

She was the eldest of five children.  Mary Received Christ at an early age and joined Weeping Mary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Mary was a graduate of Druid High School in Tuscaloosa and continued on to higher learning at Alabama A & M in Huntsville, Alabama graduating in 1966 with a Bachelors degree in Social Work. She was also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

She later moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she met and married the late, Richard McPherson.  The couple had no children.  Mary dedicated most of her time helping others while employed at the Department of Human Services in Cuyahoga County as a social worker for 25 years.  Her hobbies included traveling, socializing and watching televised court cases and politics.  She was also a great listener and had a good sense of humor.  She always looked at the positive side of a negative situation.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents and husband.  She is survived by her uncle Jamie Noland (Frances) of Tuscaloosa, AL; sister Bonnie A Lawhorn-Jefferson of Chicago, IL ; brothers Eugene Adams(Louise) McDonough Georgia, Melvin and Larry Lawthorn of Tuscaloosa, AL; nieces Leslie and Yolanda Adams, Rosalyn and Chervonne (Kisha) Jefferson and Antoinekio Madison;nephew Sentonio Madison; and a host of cousins, great nieces and nephews.

The family of Mary Noland-McPherson would like to send a special thanks to her close friend for their love, support and acts of kindness during her illness.  Bernice Sewell, Ethel Batt, Willie Travis, Jean Bradley, Kay Hereford and Thelma Perkins. May GOD bless you all for being there during Mary’s time of need.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 18th; 1:00 pm at Cedar Oaks Memorial Cemetery,  1401 Mimosa Park Road, Tuscaloosa, AL.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.  Amen