Giving back to Wesleyan has been natural for Nedra Malone ’65. She has devoted countless hours of service as the College’s alumna volunteer floral designer and event decorator. Whether working behind the scenes to create her trademark floral arrangements, or decorating the College’s Christmas tree in Burden Parlor, Nedra has remained committed to maintaining beauty on campus and enhancing special occasions. She has decorated for three presidential inaugurals, served as Alumnae Weekend Decorations Chair since 1998 and served on the decorations committee since 1995. She often gathers flowers from her own yard, which includes about three acres right across the street from campus. For Nedra, giving back to Wesleyan is fun. She reminds us, “it is something anyone can do.”
Nedra grew up in Winter Haven, Florida, and first came to Macon at age 17 to attend Wesleyan. She had won a four-year scholarship to a fine arts school in Chicago, but her mother was eager for Nedra to attend a woman’s college (as she had done). At Wesleyan, Nedra studied elementary education and was part of the equestrian program. When her father became ill, she transferred to Florida Southern College to live with her parents. She married during Christmas vacation her senior year, then completed her student teaching, and graduated. Following graduation she moved to Warner Robins, Georgia, where she began her first teaching job at Elmwood Elementary. With her husband serving in the Air Force, the next few years were filled with relocation - in Georgia, California, North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee, states in which Nedra was certified to teach. She is also a licensed Georgia Realtor. The Malones reared three children. The eldest, Melissa Malone Constable, is an alumna from the Class of 1991.
Nedra has represented Wesleyan in the Macon community as well. She has volunteered with Girl Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, The Cherry Blossom Festival, and at The Museum of Arts and Sciences. For decades, Nedra has staffed the Exchange Club food booth at The Georgia State Fair and was awarded Outstanding Exchangette Volunteer. She has been involved in numerous equestrian events at Wesleyan and in Georgia. Throughout the years she has hosted more than twenty Wesleyan students in her home and says her door is always open. Nedra never misses an opportunity to promote Wesleyan and has recruited at least half a dozen students to the College. “I have a habit of talking about Wesleyan everywhere I go,” she says.