Mary Cleveland

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Long time manager of the Museum of West Louisiana, Mary Cleveland, has died
after complications following heart surgery. She was 79.
Friends are invited to a memorial celebration of her life during an open house beginning at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 1 at the Museum of West Louisiana.
Mary Avice Brink Cleveland was born Nov. 11, 1930 and passed away at 11:11 a.m. on June 28, 2010 in Covington.
Cleveland worked for 30 years at the Vernon Parish Office of Family Security and Office of Human Development Agencies,
retiring as director on Oct. 3, 1984. She was honored for her service to the state by then President of the Louisiana Senate, Bryan Poston, Sr.
After her retirement, Cleveland volunteered for a number of community service organizations,
including Head Start, the Human Resources Council and the Vernon Council on Aging. According to her family, Cleveland was instrumental in establishing the Vernon Parish Sheltered Workshop. She volunteered for the Museum of West Louisiana for 25
Cleveland was preceded in death by her mother, Ebbie Jones Spiller.
She is survived by her son and his wife, Ed and Beth Cleveland, of Mandeville; grandson and his wife, Tom and Meg Cleveland, of Baltimore, Md.; and
granddaughter, Catie Cleveland, of Mandeville.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Museum of West Louisiana.