Honoring Mrs. Mary Grant

20160402_191307The community in Coushatta including, dignitary’s, church members, relatives, and friends came together on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. at the Coushatta First S.D.A. Church, for a very special program of recognition honoring  Mrs. Mary K. Grant, for her exemplary service in Red River Parish.

She was born Mary Katherine Shivers in Armistead, L A, and has been a resident of this community for 84 years. She was married in 1949, to Leroy Grant, and to that union they were blessed with five girls, and fourteen grandchildren, and twenty-seven great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren, who all lovely call her BIG Mama.

She was employed with the state of Louisiana twenty-five years at the Red River Parish Health Unit, a place where she made lifelong friends, some of which were in attendants on Saturday and had beautiful memories to share with everyone.

During her long and productive life, she has demonstrated in countless ways her dedication to the welfare of others and has earned the respect and affection of people from all ages and walks of life. Though the years in her quiet way she has shown her love for people by sharing her faith and giving an invitation to all, to get to know Jesus better so that they would be prepared to spend eternity with Him in heaven. She is still giving certificates to those who have accepted and completed bible studies courses that she has given them.

Mrs. Grant has lived during the most eventful times of this world’s history; especially the historical changes that taken place here in Red River Parish Louisiana.

Pastor Ike Bogan of Coushatta, one of her high school friends and classmates was in attendance and shared fun memories about the good oh days at Springville High School.

One of the most inspirational moments of the evening was when Sis. Rosa Thomas song one of Mary’s favorite songs “Midnight Cry” this solo selection reminded the listeners of how great it will be when Jesus returns to take us home. (The words are beautiful)

Included in the celebration was our distinguished Mayor Mr. Jonny Cox, he presented her with a framed “Resolution”, that he read out loud for all of us and then presented it to her along with a” key” to the city.

Justice of the Peace Jerry Clark was also in attendance; he awarded her with a “Certificate of Appreciation” and told her to remain alert and firm in her faith.

She received many beautiful bouquets of flowers and well wishes from people who said that they wanted to give her flowers while she could still see and smell them, that’s the reason why they all wanted to be there on this occasion.

Her Pastor, Dr. Norman Stiggers and his wife Dr. Lorraine Stiggers presented her with a bouquet of flowers, a plaque a sealed envelope and he also rendered a beautiful musical selection. The Stiggers are relocating and worked hard to make sure this program took place before leaving the area.

The program was coordinated by her daughter, Juanita Grant. The mistress of ceremony was another one of her daughters, Wavylon Smith; of course all of her daughters were included in the process, as was others.

The program was a complete surprise to Mrs. Grant. Even though she was very excited and overwhelmed, with tears in her eyes she thanked everyone involved for coming and let them know that they were in trouble because they all know that she don’t like anyone fussing over her.

When the program concluded refreshments was served at a meet & greet in the Fellowship Hall of the church.

When you see her around town please say hello and let her know that you too appreciate her.

Ellareen Moore/ C.F.S.D.A.C./communications Dept.

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