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Fay Mangham

Female 1920 - 2011  (91 years)

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  • Name Fay Mangham 
    Born 22 Jun 1920  Zebulon, Pike, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 08 Dec 2011  Gainesville, Alachua, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I307622  Martin Family
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2017 

    Father John Robert Mangham,   b. 9 Sep 1870, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1966, Pike County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Mother Sallie Mae Williams,   b. 09 Mar 1886, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1942, Pike County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 12 Dec 1905  Pike County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F139105  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 John G F Knight,   b. 01 May 1925, Orlando, Orange, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 2014, Gainesville, Alachua, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 1953 
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F139101  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Gerald W Jones,   b. 11 Oct 1918, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jun 1951  (Age 32 years) 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F139102  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Jun 1920 - Zebulon, Pike, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 08 Dec 2011 - Gainesville, Alachua, Florida Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes  Died:

      Fay Mangham Knight, 91, passed away at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, FL on Thursday, December 8, 2011 following eight years of illness, beginning with a stroke in 2003. She was a fighter and endured many days of therapy in various institutions and at home. She loved her home and wanted to die there, but unfortunately, she spent the last months of her life in the hospital and rehabilitations.

      Fay was born in Zebulon, GA. She was the daughter of John Robert and Sarah Williams Mangham. She was a graduate of Emory University School of Nursing in Atlanta with a BSN and was a Registered Nurse. After working in several departments at Alachua General Hospital, she chose to leave her profession in order to be a homemaker and be able to accompany her husband, John G.F. Knight on business and pleasure travels. John is retired from Purvis Gray and Company, Certified Public Accountants, and is that firm's oldest living partner.

      After Fay left her profession, she began to be a dedicated volunteer in the Alachua General Hospital auxiliary. In the year 1979, Fay Knight became the first volunteer and chair of the first Volunteer committee for what was to become Haven Hospice. As a leading member of the Auxiliary, Fay was approached by the Auxiliary's President Shirley Treweek, to head up the effort to start a hospice. This was at the request of Dr. Raymond Fitzpatrick, who became the first medical director.

      Fay set to work in those early years, headquartered out of an old elevator shaft at AGH. She spent countless hours recruiting other volunteers and raising funds and wrote thank you notes by the hundred. By 1983, Hospice had volunteers in three counties. To recognize her tireless work, in 1984, Hospice created an annual award called the "Fay Knight Volunteer of the Year" with Fay of course receiving it in its debut. Fay did not confine her activism for compassionate end-of-life care to Gainesville. In 1985, she spoke about the benefits of hospice care to the Southeastern Surgical Congress at the World Trade Center in Atlanta. A large convention hall full of surgeons can be intimidating to anyone. As Fay said, "This was the largest audience I ever spoke to."

      Overall, Fay served as a volunteer for the Alachua General Hospital's Auxiliary and for Haven Hospice for over 39 years. Since its founding, more than 45,000 patients and their families have received service from Haven Hospice in Alachua and 17 other North Florida Counties. In the first many years of its existence, these services were provided without charge to those in need of end-of-life care. Today, Haven Hospice allows individuals and families to receive the care they need either at home or in a warm, family-friendly setting outside the traditional hospital environment. This is a tremendous relief to those struggling to care for ailing family members and a relief to the patients themselves. Were it not for the early years of virtually unrecognized work by Fay Knight and others, Haven Hospice would not be the organization it is today with over 600 staff members and 1,000 volunteers, as well as four free-standing hospice care centers. The early volunteer efforts are today sustained by a professional organization with a continuing core set of dedicated community supports, one of whom is recognized each year with the "Fay Knight Volunteer of the Year Award." Plaques commemorating the awards are hanging on the wall at the Haven Hospice E.T. York Care Center.

      In September of 2011, Fay was nominated by former Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan for a Spirit of Gainesville award in the Medicine category. Fay did not win first place, but she received a very nice write up in the Gainesville Magazine. Actually, the article was nicer than some of the articles about winners.

      Fay was more active in Hospice and Auxiliary, but she did find time to be a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary. She particularly enjoyed their monthly breakfast including Bloody Marys, but all her friends and relatives know her favorite beverage was scotch and water. She also had been a charter member of Junior Women's Club, a Benefactors Member of Hospice Alliance, life member of Gainesville Women's Club, First United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher in her younger days, Gainesville Country Club and Presidents' Council of University of Florida. In her younger days she was a very good golfer and played in the Championship Flight of the Women's tournaments.

      From 1988 to 2006 Fay and her husband spent half of each year as summer residents in their North Carolina home. They were members of the Waynesville Country Club and enjoyed golf and many other activities there.

      Fay was very unassuming by nature and was always more interested in helping other people than helping herself. Even in death, her main desire was to help others and she designated her body to anatomical science.

      Not only is Fay survived by her husband, but she is also survived by a son, Gerald W. Jones, Jr. and his wife, Connie, a daughter, Sara Ann Kimball, one sister, Ethyl Mangham Swink, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gerald W. Jones, Sr., M.D., who died at age 30 with testicular cancer shortly after opening his medical practice.

      She is also survived by five dedicated care-givers who loved her dearly, Rebecca Starling, Tonya Starling, Elisha Catina "Tina" Starling, Barbara Fisher and Teletha Williams.

      A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. in E.T. York Hospice Care Center, with Tim Bowen and Dr. Harold Henderson officiating. A reception will be available during the memorial service. Flowers are not necessary, but donations may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 N.W. 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606, if desired.

      Arrangements are under the care of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME DOWNTOWN, 404 North Main Street.

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