Mrs. Jennings was the daughter of Grant and Sudie Lowen Huff and was born in Berea on November 10, 1917. She attended Knapp Hall Elementary School which was associated with Berea College.
During these early years, Grant Huff offered his daughter a piano if she would promise to practice every day. It was at that time that Mary began her love affair with the piano. Later, Mrs. Jennings attended Berea High School in Berea and would later receive a BA degree from Berea College majoring in piano. One summer during college, in the evening, Mary boarded a Greyhound bus going to Chicago. Her goal was to study at the Conservatory — her plan was to arrive in Chicago in the morning so that she could make her way to the YWCA to make boarding arrangements. Mrs. Jennings completed an Oxford course in teaching piano in Chicago that summer and returned to Berea College in the fall.
At the age of 40, having raised two daughters, Mary returned to her music. She enrolled back in Berea College to begin her study of the organ. In 1964, Mary and Gilbert moved to Tallahassee, Florida. Mr. Jennings would pursue his real estate development and Mary would enroll in Florida State University to continue her new love of the organ. While in Berea, Mrs. Jennings founded the Younger Woman's Club. In Tallahassee, she was a member of the Woman's Club and Music Guild. Mrs. Jennings was a member of the First Baptist Church and later East Hill Baptist Church. Her joy of piano and organ continued to be an important part of her life as she played for events all over Tallahassee. Her strong faith was ever present in her life until her death.
Mr. and Mrs. Jennings were longtime supporters of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. They moved from Betton Hills to Westminster Oaks Retirement Community in 2000. Mrs. Jennings is survived by her two daughters, Gail Jennings Mosley and Caroline Jennings Harris. She is also survived by Caroline's husband, Ray G. Harris. She leaves five grandchildren: Patrick, Page, Frank, Beth and Brian. To them, Mrs. Jennings will always be known as "Ma".
Reppert Funeral Home entrusted with local arrangements.
Published on November 28, 2016