Condolences to the Cleveland Family

Mary Rice Cleveland, wife of late Ralph Cleveland who served on the Brenau board of trustees from 1957 to 1996, and mother of John Cleveland, who currently serves on the board, passed away Tuesday, Oct.  10, at the age of 103.

“Although passing of a loved one who has lived such a full and rich life as Mary Cleveland is always difficult, the entire Brenau family joins her son John, daughter-in-law Cathy, grandsons Michael and Scott, and her two great-grandchildren in celebrating the generosity of spirit that Mary represented. I’m proud to have known her,” said Brenau President Ed Schrader.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15, in the Chapel of the Gainesville First Baptist Church. The Cleveland family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel.

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