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Mary Elizabeth Joseph

August 16, 1941 ~ August 25, 2020 (age 79)

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Mary Elizabeth Joseph  was born on August  16, 1941, enter eternal rest August 25, 2020; the daughter of the late Dr. Harrison and Mrs. Beatrice Joseph. She attended primary and high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana., earning a license as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  She was married to the late, Alvin Sims, and gave birth to a daughter, the late Aux-Vasse Simms.  Thereafter she had a son, the late Leon Jones.  As she continued to work in the nursing field, she decided to attend the Louisiana Fire Fighting School.  She became the first Black female Louisiana Firefighter.  Due to injuries incurred on the job, she enrolled in Southern University and A & M College where she received a 
Bachelor of Science Degree in Fine Arts. Mary was dedicated in being a servant to the community.  She ran for an unsuccessful race as a City Councilperson for  District 10.   Being a champion of Education, she returned to Southern University to study Education and Public Administration, obtaining a Masters Degree in Education with her daughter.   Mary was devoted to her family as she worked in the medical field and took care of her mother and daughter who had a long term illness.  She was known for her compassion to help others and treasured holidays with her family and friends in Baton Rouge and Columbus, Ohio.  
 
Mary was proceded in death by her parents, Dr. Harrison and Mrs. Beatrice 
Joseph; Aux-Vasse Juanita Simms (daughter), Leon Jones, V(son), and 
Harrison C. Joseph (brother). 
 
Survived by her grandchildren, Janita Cole, Juanita, Jerita and Leon Jones, VI, of Charlotte, NC; Britney and Denita Jones of Baton Rouge, LA; Daughter-in-law, Johnnie Jones; Sister-in-law, Sandra K. Joseph of Columbus, OH; nephews; Harrison Joseph(Cynthia) Dr. Joshua (Reversa) Joseph; nieces; Dr. Monique (Bhekumuzi) Khumalo,  and Katheryn Joseph of Columbus, Ohio; 19 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a host of great nephews, nieces and dearest friends Lola  Levy of Baton Rouge and Mary Adams Thomas  of New Orleans.

 

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Services

Viewing
Sunday
September 13, 2020

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winnfield Funeral Home of Baton Rouge
7221 Plank Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70811

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Celebration of Life
Sunday
September 13, 2020

3:00 PM
Winnfield Funeral Home of Baton Rouge
7221 Plank Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70811

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Interment
Monday
September 14, 2020

9:30 AM
Roselawn Memorial Park
4045 North St,
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

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