Hard-working, caring, fun loving and well-respected are just a few of the kind sentiments friends and associates say of Mary Chapman, a Winn-Dixie associate of 45 years who died in September.
“Mrs. Mary Chapman will be truly missed,” said Eugene OKorley, Winn-Dixie district director. “Mrs. Mary was a good employee. She was marvelous at her job, dependable and never allowed her personal challenges to affect her performance.”
Mary began her career with Winn-Dixie, working at Quick Chek in Jasper, Alabama. When Winn-Dixie acquired Quick Check, she helped open its current location in Jasper and worked in the general merchandise department. She actively performed in her position with Winn-Dixie at Jasper’s Winn-Dixie store No. 496 until three weeks before she died.
“Everyone knew Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Mary knew everyone,” said Charlotte Blanton, Winn-Dixie store No. 496 florist and friend of Mary’s for 14 years. “She would yell out the names of each customer who came in as a greeting.”
Her faith and love for people kept Mary going and it showed through in her daily life. Never meeting a stranger, Mary lent a listening ear and words of advice to anyone who needed it.
“Mrs. Mary had a nice thing to say about everyone,” said Barry Watkins, Winn-Dixie store No. 496 director. “She would always listen and would always have the right words to say.”
“Mrs. Mary was a giving person,” said Laura Barton, ICM and friend of Mary’s for 27 years. “She did many things for people, whether they be her customers or her friends.”
The Winn-Dixie Jasper team, and customers, will continue to remember and honor the legacy of Mary as a respected associate, friend and an honorable woman.