My “lil Gramps” Marinell T. Ludd ; Obiturary
Mother Marinell T. Ludd was born on March 30th, 1915, the first of three children and the only daughter born to Everleaner Nickerson and the late Reverend Larry Taft Thomas in Stonewall, Louisiana. Her brothers’ the late Reverend Oliver Thomas and Reverend AD Thomas preceded her in death.
The Family moved to Shreveport, Louisiana in 1921 where Marinell accepted Jesus Christ as her savior at the age of nine and was baptized at Evergreen Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend J.E. Evans. She received her formal education in Shreveport at West End Elementary, Central Colored High School, and De Soto Parrish Training School. After graduation From De Soto she taught school in the Parish.
Marinell was joined in holy Matrimony to the love of her life Arthur Ludd, Jr. July, 21, 1935, who she affectionately called “Honey”. To this union seven children were born. One child, Arthur III, preceded her in death. In 1940 she and “honey” moved their family to Pasadena, California. “Honey” word as a full time gardener while she did “day work”, but she insisted that she have Saturdays and Sundays off for her family and her Lord/ Their home was open to all Many of Shreveport’s migrants can and stayed with “Honey” and “Nell” as she was fondly referred to.
“Honey” and Nell Joined Metropolitan Baptist church under the leadership of the late Reverend S. m. Malone. Marinell moved her membership to friendship during Vacation bible school. There she served as a Sunday School Teacher, Choir member Director of The Young Peoples Department, President of The Missionary Union, Church Trustee and Usher Board member and as the “Welcoming” Clerk.
Marinell served as Tri County District Association’s Director of the Youth Department and later as 1st Vice President of Women’s Auxiliary of the Tri County. She served as1st Vice President and President of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Western Baptist State Convention, as well as, serving 29 years as girls vice Principal of Western Baptist Summer Camp at Thousand Pines.
During her children’s school years, Marinell was president of the parent Teacher Association at Garfield and Lincoln Elementary Schools and Blair High School. . She was actively engaged in Many Pasadena community, civic, and church organizations. She presided as President of Church Women United and Altadena. Pasadena Community Center. She Holds and Honorary Life membership in California Parent Teacher Association as well as withe the Nation Baptist Convention.
As life got better, Marinell and Honey” traveled throughout Europe and the United States. They regularly took their children the the South, Yosemite National Park, and the magnificent beaches up and down the coast of California.
Marinell received an AA degree for Pasadena City College and later attended Pacific Oaks College. She retired as a Pre-School teacher from Pasadena Unified School District in 1979.
On Thursday, October 20 2011 at 7; 00 a. m. Marinell went home to be with the Lord. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Dr. Dorothy Mari Lloyd, Mary Evelyn James, Alphia smatha “Louise” Howard, Charles Anthony Ludd(linda0, Leo Jerome Ludd (Lilja), and Regina Gay Ludd eleven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren , nine great-great grandchildren; Two adopted sons, Virgil T :ted” James and Calvin W. Jackson; one brother in law, four sisters in law and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. she is preceded in death by her beloved “honey” her eldest son, Arthur III, two brothers three sons in law, three sisters in law, and a host of lifelong friends.
Mother Ludd, “Daughter”, “Nell”, “MT”, “Aunt May”, “lil Gramps”, Lil Mama” “sis” as she was affectionately known, had a passion for her family, church, friends and God’s precious flowers. She touched many lives in a Godly and compassionate way during her 96 plus years. she holds an eternal place in the hearts of many.
Well done Thy Good and Faithful Servant