Mary Belle Ivy


Funeral services were held on 12/29/2022 at Memory Chapel of Anderson Ragsdale Mortuary, with a burial following at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson Ragsdale Mortuary.

Mary B. Ivy was born August 1, 1925, in Clarksdale, Mississippi to Johnny and Olivia Coleman. God called her home on December 8, 2022, in San Diego, California at 3 pm with her daughter Barbara at her side.

Mary was a loving wife to Paige W. Ivy, who preceded her in homegoing in 1979. She was the mother to four children: two Sons, Hector and Rodney Ivy, and twin Daughters Deborah Rivers and Barbara Ivy. (Both Hector and Rodney preceded her in homegoing) Mary leaves behind siblings Martha Payne, Arthur Coleman, and Princella Brookshire. 

Mary was an active and involved Matriarch unto her family, with four grandchildren: Tracy, Alvis, Damaan, and Ophelia; eleven great-grandchildren, and the rare blessing of creating cherished memories with twelve great-great-grandchildren. Mary loved her family so much, she even took her first great-grandchild, Bowman Paxton, as her own and raised him until his teenage years.

Mary was a homemaker and enjoyed hosting family gatherings and cooked some of the best soul food on this planet. She always kept beautiful fruit and vegetable gardens, to which all of her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids knew to put their eggshells and banana peels in “for the soil.” Even though Mary was a stay-at-home wife and mother, she loved to take cross-country road trips and spend time fishing in Mission Valley for those “bluegills” she always raved about. She enjoyed sending folks to the “boneyard” in countless rounds of dominos and was not quiet about it. Mary was in the Order of the Eastern Star and served her community for many, many years. Mary will be greatly missed but never forgotten.