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By Hartsville Vidette Staff Reporter

Mary Jo Newman, age 69, of Hartsville, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 at her daughter’s home.

Sadly we said goodbye to our sweet and precious Mama and Nanny. Surrounded by those she loved and loved her, the angels carried her soul to her Savior, Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by: husband, Bruce Newman.

Survivors are: two daughters, Mary Lynn (Danny) Claridy of Hartsville, Debbie (Steve) Woodall of Gallatin; son, Robin Newman of Hartsville; four grandchildren, Michael (Cody-Dale) Claridy, Heather Claridy, Cody (Crystal) Woodall and Austin Woodall; two great-grandchildren, Bentley Woodall and Charlie Claridy.

She gracefully left this world on her terms peacefully. Her faith never wavered as she fought hard up to the last breath. Our mother was God’s gift of love to us and her spirit and light will always be present in our lives, and for this we are eternally grateful. We would like to thank Dr. Nick and her staff at Tennessee Oncology, Dr. Kellogg and their staff, Avalon Hospice and St. Thomas Midtown, where everyone who provided medical care for her grew to love her.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 30, officiated by Eld. Jeff Blackwell.

Interment was in the Dixon Springs Cemetery.

Prayer is the key to heaven but faith unlocks the door.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., 337 McMurry Blvd. E., Hartsville, TN 37074, 615-374-2280, anthonyfhhartsville.com, was in charge of arrangements.