Dr. Mary B. Elliott

Dr. Mary Beatrice Rickerson Elliott, 69, of St. Augustine, entered the sunset of life Friday, July 6, 2018, at Community Hospice Bailey Care Center in St. Augustine.

A native of Fountain, N.C., she was the daughter of Willie Richardson Sr. and Lucille Stewart Floyd and was born Saturday, Dec. 25, 1948.

During early childhood, her family relocated to St. Augustine and she became a member of the family’s church, North City Baptist Church in St Augustine. She was educated in the St. Johns County School District and obtained her secondary education at Richard J. Murray High School. In pursuit of her calling, she earned an associate degree from Tallahassee Community College, bachelor’s degree in mathematics Florida A&M University, master’s degree from Western Michigan University and pursued a doctorate degree in theology. Mary was a secondary math teacher, employed by the St. Johns County School District at Ketterlinus Middle School from 1986 to 1988 and the Kalamazoo Mich., Public School District from 1989 to 2005.

Upon retirement in 2005, she relocated to Jacksonville, and in 2013, she returned to St. Augustine. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family. 

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in eternal rest by her grandson, Brandon Walden.

She leaves to cherish her memories sons and daughters, Latrina Atkins of Tallahassee, Charles Atkins Jr. of St Augustine, Sheldon (Gerica) Atkins Sr. of Jacksonville and Monica Atkins Landwer of Kalamazoo, Mich.; brothers, Willie Rickerson Jr. and Jessie Lee (Margaret) Rickerson Sr., both of St. Augustine; sisters, Gloria Rickerson of St. Augustine, Sylvia Rickerson Boone of Jacksonville and Molina Rickerson of Baltimore; 28 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation of family and friends will be 5–7 p.m. Friday, July 13 and homegoing celebration will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at New Mt. Moriah Christian Ministry, 650 Christopher St. in St. Augustine. The Rev. Ronald L. Stafford, pastor, is the eulogist. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in St. Augustine. Elliott family condolences may be sent to www.flaggserenitychapel.com. 

Arrangements entrusted to Karl N. Flagg Serenity Memorial Chapel, 2400 Madison St. in Palatka.