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Mary Boykin Kessler
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A funeral service to celebrate the life of Mary Boykin Kessler, will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Still Hopes Episcopal Home, 1 Still Hopes Drive, W. Columbia, SC 29269. Father Richard Crozier will officiate. Burial will follow in Quaker Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Davis officiating.

Mary Boykin Kessler, wife of Herman Eugene Kessler, died Sunday, December 11, 2016. Born in Columbia SC on March 30, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Mary Clarkson Boykin and Thomas Ancrum Boykin. Mary graduated from the University of South Carolina class of 1944.  She taught English in South Carolina and in England, until her marriage. She then became a devoted military wife and loving mother to Brisbane and Burroughs. Mary and Eugene were happily married for 64 years. She lived in Chapel Hill from 1981 to 1990. Mary lived in Camden, SC from 1988 to 2005 and in West Columbia, SC from 2005 to the present.

Mary is survived by her loving son, Eugene Burroughs Kessler (Susan) of Brentwood, TN; and his three grandchildren, Bradley Kessler, Zachary Kessler and Sarah Kessler.

Besides her parents, Mary was predeceased by her daughter, Mary Brisbane Kessler and sister, Betty Gunn.

Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

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