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Nell Van MacKinnon
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008

Mrs. Nell Vann MacKinnon, a native of Vidalia, GA, passed away on July 1, 2008, at age 90. Mrs. MacKinnon, a retired-school teacher, spent many years at Dickerson Elementary School in Vidalia, GA. After retiring, she was a substitute teacher for Vidalia City Schools.

Mrs. MacKinnon graduated from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, GA, with a degree in education. She taught elementary school for several years before her marriage, after which she became a full-time homemaker and mother. She returned to teaching after moving back to Vidalia after her husband’s retirement. Mrs. MacKinnon was an avid reader, bridge player, and world traveler. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Vidalia.

She is survived by a daughter, Alice M. Brown and son-in-law, Frank M. Brown, with whom she lived for the last two years. She is also survived by son, Daniel Wallace MacKinnon and daughter-in-law Moria H. MacKinnon of Carrollton, GA; granddaughter, Cynthia Brown Zino, and husband, Jeffrey J. Zino, of Tempe, AZ; and grandson, Scott M. Brown, of Long Beach, CA. Mrs. MacKinnon is preceded in death by her husband A.C. MacKinnon, as well as her father, John Wallace Vann, her mother, Annie Laurie Cook Vann and brother, John Wallace Vann, Jr.

Mrs. MacKinnon will be interred beside her husband in Pinecrest Cemetery in Vidalia, GA. Funeral services will be held in Vidalia, GA. Specific arrangements will follow. Mason Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library or First United Methodist Church of Mason ‘Steady Steps Program’.

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