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Many prominent places in denominational work have naturally fallen to Dr. Aven. For two years he was vice-president of the state B. Y. P. U., for one year editor of the B. Y. P. U. column of the Baptist Record, for two years editor of the Sunday School Department of the same publication, and for five years a member of the state mission board, for which body he served as record- ing secretary. For twenty-seven years he has been chairman of the board of deacons of the Clinton Baptist Church. While principal of the Winona High School Mr. Aven was married to M iss Mary Bailey, whose talent, accomplishments, and Christian character have made her an invaluable partner in her husband’s career. Their only child, Anna Ward, now Mrs. W. M. Whittington of Greenwood, was the first woman to receive a degree from Mississippi College. On Dr. Avon’s becoming associated with the college, Mrs. Aven at once placed her energies along lines that counted most for the welfare of the college and community. The college hoys have always found in her a loyal, helpful friend and her cultured home has been open to them with a gracious cordiality. She organized the first glee club of the college. In 1906 the Hermenian and Philomathean Literary Societies decided to unite their separate libraries and asked Mrs. Aven to become librarian and keep the joint library open two hours each afternoon. The year following the so- cieties donated their library to the college with the understanding that the col- lege should maintain and enlarge the library and employ the librarian. Mrs. Aven was then elected college librarian, in which capacity she has served con- tinuously since. Mrs. Aven has been deeply interested and active in the church work of her community and state. For many years she was the leader of the church choir, and time and again has been president of the local W. M. U. and held other po- sitions of importance in the religious work of Clinton. During the Seventy- five Alii lion campaign she put a substitute in the library and gave much of her time to the organization of the women of the state for the successful conclusion of the campaign. She has the rare distinction of having twice been elected to the presidency of the Woman’s Missionary Union of Mississippi, serving from 1894 to 1897, and from 1917 to the present time. She is also Vice-President of the Southwide organization of our Baptist women. It is impossible within the limits of this sketch to speak adequately of the character and work of Dr. and Mrs. Aven. A few of their many achievements have been named. We shall be content to let these speak for them. WM. II. WEATIIERSBY.
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