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Shelia Mader

Shelia Mader

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Jane Ludlum Pender Private Art Collection on Display at Chipola

Jackson County has been very blessed with an abundance of talent and at the top of that list would be the late Jane Ludlum Pender. Jane Pender passed away at age 57 in 2004. Although her passing left an emptiness with her family and to the fine arts world, her works continue to enrich those who are privileged to see or own any of her works.

Through the kindness of her children, her private collection will be on loan to Chipola beginning today. At 6 p.m. this evening, a Gallery opening will be held in the Chipola College Center for the Arts Gallery. Pender is remembered for her love of history and her ability to capture in great detail life in the Chipola District.

Pender studied art at the University of Alabama as well as under numerous instructors. She won numerous awards for her paintings and drawings, many of which are featured in the book, Jackson County Florida, A History.

Pender had four children, Laurence, III, Patti Pender Johnson, Elizabeth Pender Glover, and Adris Pender. They all have the same adoration and love for her and the morals she bestowed on them. Laurence says, “My mother was a very demanding person, would not accept failure. She wanted us to be successful. She always served her plate last, made sure her children had what we needed first. My mom wanted to make sure they could provide for us what they could, maybe wasn’t the best there was, but it was always what we needed. Momma and daddy wanted us to be able to make a living with our hands. Her art spilled over to us and we are successful because of that. But most of all, she loved doing what she did.”

Patti reiterates much of the same, “I was the youngest, only three years difference in the four kids. She expected me to do my best, to do it right no matter what it was. I attribute my success in sports to living by her inspiration. She was like that by her drawing, she wanted it to be the best.”

A Community Comes Together

It has often been said “It takes a community to raise a child.” This past weekend, a community came together for a local farm family in a way like no other community could have. Jackson County has always been known for its giving families, individuals, and businesses. The Todd Mason family has been plagued with misfortune due to an illness to Todd. This marks his eighth week of being unable to tend to his 300 acre farm due to hospitalization.

The family received word this week that Todd will undergo surgery Friday. Results of that surgery are uncertain but the family, and a community of family, friends, and supporters are prayerful it will turn out well. With all this going on, wife Amy has had to juggle time on the road back and forth to Birmingham with two children, both who are in school. Their son Bradley is ten years old and their daughter Olivia Kate is five.

Tears rolled Saturday when they were notified that seven farming families, using their own equipment, and bringing helpers and laborers were gathering at the Campbellton farm to gather Todd’s peanuts. The day was long but everyone there were more than happy to have done this.

David DeFelix played a huge part in making this happen and was more than glad to have done it, “Todd would’ve done the same thing for any of us here. He was more than happy to help anyone in need. I was glad to be there and glad to see the turnout we had.”

Farms that were represented were Timmy Lassiter with Lassiter Farms, Dexter Gilbert with Gilbert Farms, Christopher Dietrich with Dietrich Farms, David DeFelix with DeFelix Farms.

Those who came to work were Rob Burke, Jeff Fowler, Skyler Singletary, Islam Birtt, Alan, Lonnie Gilbert, Jason Fowler, Brandon Pippin, Alan Holley, Aaron Taylor, Gerald Mason, Chad Mason, Reggie Britt, Kim DeFelix, Trent DeFelix.

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