Mamie Lee Grantham Brummett passed away on June 13, 2022, after a long struggle with dementia. Services are Saturday, June 18th at Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence, MS. Visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. followed by the Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 A.M. Interment will be at Lakewood Memorial Park, Jackson, MS, immediately following the service.
Mamie was born September 12, 1932, in Doddsville, MS, the third of the nine children of Gresham and Leona Grantham. She attended school in Itta Bena, MS, until at the age of fifteen when she met the love of her life, Calvin Lee Brummett. They dated briefly before eloping shortly before her sixteenth birthday. They were married for almost 65 years.
Together they reared their four daughters – Jackie Linn (Dion), Cindy Baugh (John), Mamie Lilley (Frank), and Dolly Field (Del). The family traveled with Calvin’s work for many years, but always considered the Jackson area “home.” Wherever the family lived, they were faithful members of a Baptist church, and Mamie often volunteered to teach a children’s Sunday School class or assist with Vacation Bible School. After moving to the Cleary area, she and Calvin joined First Baptist Church of Florence.
Like most women of her generation, Mamie was a stay-at-home mom for many years. As the girls grew older, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of earning her high school diploma and attending cosmetology school. She became a licensed cosmetologist, running her own shop at her home for several years before becoming a beauty consultant for Capitol Barber and Beauty Supply. She later worked as a bookkeeper for Merchant’s Company.
Mamie loved flowers and gardening and could grow a thriving specimen from the smallest cutting of almost any plant. She was never afraid to ask for the “spent” plants at Hutto’s or Walmart, which she would then take home and revive. Her yard was her canvas, and she created a beautiful masterpiece of God’s gifts for all to enjoy.
She enjoyed spending time with her husband and girls, extended family, and friends. Anyone who ever visited their home left with something in hand – fresh vegetables, several servings of dessert, and plants were common “thank-you-for-visiting” gifts.
Mamie was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband; her grandson, Eric McIntyre; and six of her siblings. She is survived by her four daughters and their spouses, nine grandchildren – Stacy McIntyre, John Baugh, Jr., Robert Baugh, Frank Lilley, Jr., Jack Lilley, Johnelyn Lilley, Melanie Brady, Lidel Field, and Frankie Field – seventeen great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson, a great-great granddaughter due in August, and her sisters – Myra Leigh and Wanda Gardner.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or a charity of your choice.