Gracie Lee Mead
February 9, 1934 – April 6, 2018
Gracie Lee Mead 1934-2018
Gracie Lee Mead passed away at home on April 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas with her children by her side. Born in 1934 to John and Ada King in Batesville, Mississippi, Gracie was preceded in death by her loving husband of sixty years, Charles. She is survived by her five children, Charlotte and her husband, Stan; Jan and her husband, Greg; Tracy and her husband, Chris; Rob and his wife, Wendy; Dave and his wife, Bonnie; nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and her three siblings, Betty, Denny and Jack.
Gracie was born and raised in the Deep South and spent most of her childhood playing in the creeks and along the railroad tracks of Batesville, Mississippi. The oldest of four siblings, Gracie was adventurous and outgoing. Often in a dress but covered in dirt from her exploits, Gracie was always happiest outdoors, chasing her sister and brothers and the fireflies.
In high school, Gracie was as active as a teenager could be. Voted Most Popular by her class, she was a cheerleader and was involved in just about every club at Batesville High.
Gracie left home after high school and attended Methodist School of Nursing in Memphis, Tennessee. Upon graduation, she went to work as a surgical nurse at West Tennessee Hospital. While in Memphis, she met Charles Mead. Soon after, Gracie and Charles married in Batesville and moved to Columbia, Missouri where Charles enrolled at the University of Missouri and Gracie continued her nursing career at Boone County Hospital. In Columbia, they started a family and set up home in a quonset hut while Charles earned his degree from Mizzou. After graduation, Gracie and Charles moved their family to Moline, Illinois, with Nurse Gracie working at Hinds General Hospital and Charles launching a career in advertising. While in Moline, they added two more children to their family. Having had enough of the Midwest’s bone-chilling winters, Gracie and Charles headed south for a brief stint in Jackson, Mississippi before finally landing in Houston, Texas where they added one last child to their energetic family. With her first aid kit and watchful eye for mischief, she left professional nursing and took a position as a School Nurse for Spring Branch ISD so her work hours would align with her children’s school hours.
Gracie will always be loved and remembered for her open heart, her gentle Southern way and, most importantly, her devotion to her family. She was a nurse by profession and as a parent, she was forever the caring Mom.
When not chasing after her busy brood, Gracie spent her free time digging and planting in her garden. At 84 and just a couple weeks before leaving this Earth, she laid down a healthy layer of mulch in her beds one last time. Good to go. Gracie spent her final days just as she did her early ones so long ago in the back roads of Batesville, among the flowers and under the sun.
A memorial service will be held on April 12 at 11am at Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gracie Mead’s name to Second Baptist Church Beach Retreat Scholarship Fund.
- Gracie was preceded in death by her loving husband of sixty years, Charles. She is survived by her five children, Charlotte and her husband, Stan; Jan and her husband, Greg; Tracy and her husband, Chris; Rob and his wife, Wendy; Dave and his wife, Bonnie; nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and her three siblings, Betty, Denny and Jack.
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Gracie Lee Mead
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April 9, 2018
While I did not know Mrs. Mead I do know her beautiful daughter Charlotte. After reading the obituary I see where Charlotte gets her grace, hospitality and love for her family and friends. Eric and I send our prayers and love during this time of celebrating a beautiful life well lived. Charlotte I send many hugs to you as well !