Mary Lee Jimerson Perry was the only child born to the late Deacon Calvin Jimerson (past Chairman of the Deacon Board of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church) and Mrs. Nettie L Jimerson (past church clerk of Mount Olive). She was born in Kelsey City, FL (now known as Lake Park, FL). She is preceded in death by her parents, husband the late Deacon Milton Perry, Sr. and son David K Mosley.
Mary attended Kindergarten in Sanford, FL where she lived for about a year with her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Bessie L Jones. Mary Lee accepted Christ as her personal savior at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in 1938 under the pastorate of Rev. J H Dolphus. She began piano lessons at about age 10 and singing in the adult choir. She was the youngest member in the choir as there were very few adults to attend church during this time. There was not much to do in those days so she would ask her dad if she could go to church with him. She would follow him to area churches as he would be asked to lead devotion. Her desire to attend church is where she found how much joy it brought her and it developed her great love for God. At about age 12, she began as the pianist for Mount Olive. This experience led her to becoming the pianist for many area churches such as St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church, Allen Temple AME to name a few.
Upon her return home from her grandmother to her parents, she entered Palm Beach County public schools as a 2nd grader attending Washington Junior High until grade 8. During her 9th grade year of school, she attended Industrial High until grade 11th when her parents moved to Walker Springs, Alabama. Mary Lee was an avid cook with short order cooking skills. She loved baking cakes, pies and eating her favorite, butter pecan ice cream. She was a member and pianist for Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church Choir #1 for many years. Mary was adamant about beginning her day with prayer and reading her daily devotional and the Bible. Her favorite scriptures were Psalms 27 and Psalms 91. She was a fashionable dresser, enjoyed watching General Hospital (until her eyesight failed) and was a fan of Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat. She enjoyed watching Judge Judy and other Criminal Investigative television programs. After many years of service, through guidance of the Holy Spirit she resigned as musician but continued serving in her church by singing in the choir for which she played. She was also a past President and member of both the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church Deaconess Board for 20 years. She served with the Missionary Society where she was a devoted and dedicated member until her sight and health began to take a toll. At the church's 75th Anniversary, Mary received a certificate for being a member of Mount Olive for over 60 years. At the time of her death, she was the longest and oldest living member of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. She was grateful to be a follower of Jesus Christ. She believed in life that it was through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, she was led, guided, directed, protected and blessed with divine wisdom and understanding.
She leaves to mourn (daughter) Bernice Mosley, (son and daughter in law), Ronnie and Betty Webb-Perry, (daughter) Gwendolyn P Taylor, (son and daughter in law) Milton and Doretha Perry, Nancy Perry, all of Riviera Beach, FL Grandchildren LaShelle Tomblin (Zephyrhills, FL), Ronnie Perry, Jr., (West Palm Beach) and Chelsea B Taylor (Atlanta, GA), other grands, nieces, nephews, a loving host of family, adopted children, and friends.