April 3, 1958-Dec. 11, 2021

Ms. Mary Etta Crumble, affectionately known as “Mary Etta,” “Mama,” “Sister,” “Naenae” and “Grandmother” was born in Clarence April 3, 1958. She is the oldest daughter of Deacon Erskine Crumble Sr. and Deaconette Adell Hazel Braden Crumble. Our dear Mother gained her wings Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, surrounded by her daughters, son and grandchildren.

She is a proud member of Natchitoches Central High School Class of ’76.

Mary was well-loved, joy-filled, with an infinite passion for sports, journaling, walking, dancing, singing, praying and taking care of her grandchildren.  We are honored to have cared for our amazingly beautiful mother during her battle against breast cancer, that she undisputedly won, as she never accepted the diagnosis as an opponent, to be greater than her will and most importantly the plans laid out for her life by “Dr. J” (the most high God, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ).

On Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, while sitting in the back yard, she serenaded us all with an old school classic “Never Can Say Goodbye!” She held true to that tune, as though her earthy garments have shed; many memories will forever remain with us in a spirit of her joy, unforgettable strength, songs, the many devotions, prayers, jokes and laugh-out-loud moments. Even in tears of sorrow; we still see you, Mama! We want you to know, we too, will “never say goodbye.”

You have taught us so much and we are so proud of your tenacious spirit, agape love for us all, paired with the unbreakable bond you undeniably have with the Lord. You shall remain forever in our hearts, prayers, and memories.

Your devoted legacies, LaKisha, TaKisha, Steven Sr., Chloe A’Dell and Steven Jr.

Special love to our cousins, Myrtle Lee Harris, for your care and Kevin G. Smith. Also, her childhood friend and aunt to her children, Emma Winslow Scott. Last but not least, Pastor William Roberson of NorthStar Baptist Church in Powhatan for your travel and service contributions.

The family is humbly and graciously requesting continued prayers on their behalf as they transition to navigate a “new normal” without their mother and best friend. Crumble, Braden and Grayson Families.