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Originally published: 2013-03-08 14:29:33
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Mazie Jones Levenson

Mazie Jones Levenson, 99, formerly of Greensboro, passed away on March 6, 2013, at Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at Christ United Methodist Church located at 410 N. Holden Road, Greensboro, where she was a charter member.

Mazie was born Jan. 18, 1914, in Boone,to Dr. John Walter and Mattie Blackburn Jones. She graduated from Appalachian State University, received a Master's in Education from George Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn., and later a Master's from the UNC-CH School of Public Health.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Harold Levenson and her brother, John "Jay" Walter Jr. She is survived by cousins, Rosemary Claudy of Pittsboro, Sally Reed of Clemmons, Roberta Anderson of Fairfax, Va., and Ben Blackburn of Cherryville; and many close friends and Levenson relatives.

Mazie worked in the N.C. school system as a teacher and a public health educator in Cumberland, Surry, and Guilford Counties.

Mazie and her husband moved to Greensboro in the early 50's where she worked as one of the first Public Health Educators in the newly merged Guilford Co. Department of Public Health. In addition to teaching in the public schools, Mazie became active in the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad, leading their environmental activities for 50 years, chairing their Natural Resources Committee in the 70's and representing them on the Watershed Committee. Her work with the LWVPT earned her several awards including the 2004 Woman of Achievement Award. In the 1960's, Mazie was active in the civil rights movement in Greensboro and with the Committee of Civic Affairs at the YMCA. She was honored in 2003 by the Jubilee Institute Grass Roots Hall of Fame for her work in civil rights and the environment.

Her work with the Greensboro Preservation Society helped to inspire her to have her family home in Boone placed on the list of Historic Places. Now the Jones House Community Center on King Street is home to the Cultural Resources Department of the Town of Boone and is the hub of many cultural activities for both children and adults. Mazie's love and concern for the Appalachian Mountains prompted her to establish the Harold and Mazie Jones Levenson Fund at ASU to promote sustainable principles and practices. She became an ardent supporter of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy based in Boone.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greensboro Urban Ministry, 306 W. Lee St., Greensboro, NC 27406; Mazie J. Levenson Scholarship Fund, School of Public Health, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27514; or Harold and Mazie Levenson Fund for the Environment, ASU, Boone, NC.

A private inurnment service will be held at a later date at Boone Cemetery.

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Forbis and Dick North Elm Street Chapel is assisting the family.