Lizzie Mae MARSH, 92, of 216 W. Longview Ave. passed this life Saturday, March 3, 2013 in Winchester Terrace Nursing Home.
Mrs. Marsh was born on Wednesday, March 17, 1920 to the late Frank and Carrie Hankins Dawkins in Holly Springs, Mississippi and had lived in Mansfield the past 64 years. Lizzie was not only a homemaker to her husband and 9 children, but she was also employed full time with the Independent Towel Company where she retired from in 1979 after 30 years of service. She was a member of the Mt. Hermon Baptist Church for more than 60 years where she served on the Missionary Society and Mother's Board and as its president for many years. Known by all as "Mother Marsh", she was famous for her carmel and coconut cakes as well as being a great cook.
To her family she was affectionately known as “Big Mama”, is survived by 3 daughters: Elizabeth Adkison her caregiver and Bobbie Marsh, Mansfield, and Annie Weaver, Detroit; 2 sons: Larry (Viola) Marsh, Mansfield, and Ben(Gloria) Marsh, Conyers, Georgia; 3 daughters-in-law: Jarvis, JoAnn, and Bessie Marsh, Mansfield; 22 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren; other family members: Zeporah Dawkins, St. Louis, Missouri and Billy Marsh, Holly Springs; and her prayer partner: Aggie Howard, Mansfield.
In addition to her parents her husband Willie Marsh, Sr., 4 sons, preceded “Big Mama” in death Elijah "Eli", Eddie, Willie “Sonny Boy”, Jr., and Johnny Marsh, 2 granddaughters Jackie Marsh and Annette Ewing, 2 brothers Elijah Dawkins, and George Swarn, Jr.
Friends may call Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. Homegoing services will begin at 11 a.m. with Rev. Quintin L. Respress officiating and her pastor Rev. Clinton N. Hearns delivering the eulogy. Interment will be in Mansfield Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at her home daily from 4-8 p.m. till the day of the funeral service.