Apr 112012

Katie Mae Woods Hargrow, 82, died in the very early morning hours of Saturday, March 31, 2012, at her home in Holbrook from causes incident to her age.

Katie was born on May 11, 1929, in Morton, Miss., to the late James and Ossie (Johnson) Davis. Later, her father legally changed his surname to Norris.

Katie was raised in Morton, where she met and married SA Myers, who preceded her in death. Later, she moved to McNary, where she lived just a short period of time before finally moving to Holbrook, where she lived for the rest of her life.

Shortly after moving to Holbrook, Katie met and married James E. Woods, who also preceded her in death.

In 2002, she married Melvin Hargrow, who just so happened to be her childhood sweetheart way back in Morton, Miss.!

Katie worked at several places doing various jobs in her early days in Holbrook until she found a job that she actually loved to do. She was a natural caregiver and believed that her calling in life was to help others with their healthcare needs. She worked as a certified nursing assistant for several years at the old Holbrook Hospital until its doors were closed. After the hospital closed, Katie did in-home health service for several people in the neighborhoods throughout Holbrook. Her final job, outside of her home, found her working at the Holbrook Senior Center, where her focus was still helping others in need. She was a people person and loved to serve them any way she possibly could. She remained at the senior center until her health no longer permitted her to work.

She had a heart of gold that was refined through her Christlike service to others. She was a very strong, loving, independent and caring woman who always enjoyed going to church to hear the “Good Word” and sing praises to the Lord. She was the mother of St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Holbrook, where she was loved and respected by all. She truly believed in helping anyone she met. She understood the scripture in the Book of Hebrews found in the New Testament: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained Angels unawares.”

Katie was understanding and she was full of wisdom. She would always give good, sound advice to those who were willing to listen.

This sweet and gentle lady will be missed by many people, because she made many lifelong friends wherever she went.

She leaves to cherish her beloved memory her husband, Melvin Hargrow, two sons, two daughters, two sisters, one brother, 17 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her parents and first two husbands, Katie was preceded in death by a daughter, two sons and a grandson.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.