Ivy Bonita McAfee was born April 15, 1952. She was the second of three daughters born to Frank and Barbara Earline Emerson McAfee. She was called by her father “My Baby Ivy” and by her mother as “Puddin”. She was a cheerful, kind, sweet innocent person. But she was also a determined person who was a fighter and persistent in her wants and needs.
Ivy was born with cerebral palsy but she never let that get in her way. She thought that she could fly and tried sometimes, resulting in a broken ankle. Ivy was never allowed to attend regular school but she educated herself on the things that were important to her. Ivy was able to live a typical life that included travel to Missouri, Tennessee and especially Florida, her favorite place. She was able to fly on a commercial airlines to go on a boat tour. Ivy’s favorite thing to do was to shop ! Her favorite thing to buy was shoes! I always teased her and called her Imelda Marcos (who was also known for her large shoe collection).
Ivy attended several day centers in the area for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities. Her first school was Marietta Enrichment Center and her first teacher was Dianna Williams. It was the beginning of true independence for Ivy. She never looked back and began to explore the greater world. With the assistance of caregivers, Ivy enjoyed going to the movies, bowling, making a good friend, taking cooking classes, visiting museums, having lunch in the park, riding CCT independently, swimming at the senior center, her annual Christmas party, her birthday celebration and many more activities. The important people in her life were her natural family, her church family and her caregivers. Ivy had such a vivacious and open personality that she was unforgettable. No matter where she went there would be someone who knew her. Once we were in the Atlanta Airport on the moving sidewalk going in the opposite direction, and we hear someone yell “ Hey Ivy”. None of us knew this person but she did.
Ivy’s parents Frank and Earline and her sister Vanesa all preceded her in death. She has one surviving sister Francine (Homer)Wilkins, Aunts Claudine Emerson Freeman, Marie Williams Emerson, nephew Michael Gullatte(Ellen), great nieces and nephews Mahlia, Thiago, Jaden, Thais and Pedro. Also many, many cousins.
We thank all the caregivers over the years who provided care and companionship for Ivy. Some of them are; Sharon Blackshears, Phyllis Garret, Cynthia Thomas, Rose Shaw, Wyomi Montgomery, Shawan Winters, Luvenia Yates and many more. Ivy was much loved and cared about. She is already missed.
The family will welcome guests for the viewing/ visitation on Monday, June 1, 2020 for 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Greener Pastures Funeral Home, 4405 Marietta St. Powder Springs, Ga 30127.
The GRAVESIDE service will follow the next day on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 for 11:00 AM (OUTSIDE/ GRAVESIDE) at Georgia Memorial Park, 2000 Cobb pkwy SE, Marietta, GA 30060
Following the services, the Interment will be held at Georgia Memorial Park, 2000 Cobb pkwy SE, Marietta, GA 30060.
Funeral Services will be live-streamed. Live stream can be viewed below or by clicking one of the links below
To the entire McAfee Family, we at Greener Pastures Funeral Home, offer to each of you our most sincere and heartfelt sympathies and condolences. Our prayers remain that your abiding faith in God will continue to comfort, to strengthen and sustain you during your time of bereavement.
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