Monte M MarchantOctober 26, 1929 ~ July 30, 2015 (age 85)
Monte Paul Maddox McGehee Marchant
Monte Paul Maddox McGehee Marchant went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 30, 2015. She was 85 years young. Monte was born at her grandmother’s home in Archer, Florida on October 26, 1929 the week of the Great Stock Market Crash. She was the only child of Chase Dennis Maddox and Paul Clyatt Maddox.
Monte attended school in Archer through the ninth grade and then went to boarding school at the North Avenue Presbyterian School (NAPS) in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She transferred to the University of Florida soon after UF began admitting women. After raising her family, she graduated from UF with a degree in Education and taught English for several years at Westwood and Lincoln Middle Schools and Buchholz High School after it opened in the early seventies.
Although she loved teaching, Monte worked most of her life at Maddox Foundry & Machine Works, Inc., her family’s business founded by her grandfather in 1905. She started out doing clerical work beginning in her teens and later served as Secretary-Treasurer and then President for many years.
Monte was a long time devoted member of Archer United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for decades. She was always very civic minded and served on the Archer City Council in the 1960’s.
Monte loved to dance and exercise and was an avid ballroom dancer for many years. She enjoyed shopping, traveling, reading, and crossword puzzles. She loved elephants her entire life and collected hundreds of them through the years.
For decades Monte never went anywhere without her camera and was considered the official family photographer. She took thousands of pictures over the years, mostly of her grandchildren, and leaves behind a family pictorial history organized in albums for all to enjoy.
Monte was dear, kind, generous, compassionate and loved by all who knew her. She had a great passion for life and was always busy. More than anything Monte loved her three daughters, her seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Monte was preceded in death by her parents Chase Dennis Maddox and Paul Clyatt Maddox and her long time companion and ballroom dance partner, Professor William J. Frazer, Jr.
She is survived by her three daughters (and in Monte’s own words, “the three best sons-in-law, ever”) Paula Maddox McGehee DeLaney (Bruce) of Gainesville, Mary Brumby McGehee Hope (Fletcher) of Archer and Vera Chase McGehee Kee (Jim) of Birmingham, AL. Monte is also survived by seven grandchildren, Allen Young DeLaney II, Thomas Brumby DeLaney, Caroline McGehee DeLaney, Chase Austin Hope (Amanda), Paul Harrison Hope (Tiffany), Sarah Chase Kee Rabiee (Anthony) and Rebecca Grace Kee and three great grandchildren, Cash, Cruz and Ava Chase Hope. She is survived by the father of her children, Charles C. McGehee and his wife, Scott, of Ponte Vedra, Florida; her brother in law, Thomas Brumby McGehee of Gainesville; her niece, DeeAnn Calhoun of Williamsburg, VA; and her favorite first cousins, Valerie Hipp of Archer, Perlita Tew of DeLand, Annetta Smith of Williston and Charlene Cureau of Archer.
The family would like to thank all of the caregivers and friends who helped look after Monte these last few years and brought so much joy and companionship to her.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1pm Monday, August 3, 2015 at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. in Archer Florida. A graveside service will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Archer, FL. The family will receive friends and family at a reception at the church fellowship hall after the service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, 51 Children’s Way, Enterprise, FL 32725 (Phone: 386-668-4774).