Mattie Ruth Grace
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Mattie Ruth Lett Grace, a resident of Burnt Corn, Alabama was born on September 15, 1933 to the late Grack and Allie (McCreary) Lett. Preceded in death by siblings William Lamar Lett, Iradell Lett, Roberta Davis, Malcolm Lett, Nora Mae James and a special cousin/brother Henry “Hank” Lett, she was the youngest of six children.
Mattie Ruth answered God’s call and departed this life on Thursday October 17, 2019.
She accepted Christ at an early age and was a diligent and devoted member of Antioch Baptist Church #1 in Tunnel Springs, Alabama. Serving in multiple capacities, she was a member of Antioch’s Choir, Culinary Committee, Sunday School Committee, Missionary Committee, and Usher Board. Through the years, Mattie shared her oral gifts by serving as the Mistress of Ceremony of the annual Women’s Day program and could be counted on to prepare “old time” delicacies like possum and taters, (her favorite), for Antioch’s annual Family and Friends Day.
Mattie remained a faithful member of Antioch Baptist Church #1 until her health failed.
Married 66 years to the love her life, the late Anderson Grace, Mattie was a devoted wife. Mattie and Anderson were united in holy matrimony on Dec. 13, 1949; and their blessed union bore two children: the late Willie Malcolm “Billy” Grace and Malenda “Baba” Betts.
Early in life, Mattie learned the value of hard work. She worked 33 years, for Vanity Fair Mills; upon retirement, she continued to work part-time for the Monroe County Extension Office. She was also a volunteer member of the Burnt corn Fire Department and Burnt Corn Community Choir. Mattie enjoyed farming, fishing, and harvesting. Passionate about her garden and cooking, Mattie fed a plethora of people; eating from Mattie Ruth’s kitchen brought pure joy to many!
Mattie is survived by a doting-devoted daughter Malenda (General) Betts of Burnt Corn, Alabama. As Mattie’s caregiver, Malenda cultivated compassion and created comfort for Mattie.
Also left to cherish Mattie’s memory is her daughter-in-law, Annie Grace, brother-in-law, Tyler “Red” Grace, three sisters-in-law, Mary “Bit” Lett, Maxine Grace and Viteria Grace; four grandchildren: Fifi Grace, Alice (Cortez) Brundage, General Betts, Jr. (Ebony McMillan), and Major Betts; six great grandchildren: Ayanna Grace, Brooke Bettis, Anthony Story, Geniya Betts, Maliya Betts, and Alisyah Betts; two great-great grandchildren Kingston and Baylor; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.