We pay loving tribute to a gracious and loving Christian lady, Laquitta Dean Grant Mash

On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, Laquitta Dean Grant Mash, 77, faithful wife, adoring mother, doting grandmommie and grammie, and gracious woman of God left this world for her heavenly home to be united with her Lord and Savior and love of her life to rejoice for all eternity.

Born April 23, 1934 in Port, Oklahoma, Laquitta grew up in Oklahoma City. Laquitta married Bill Mash, her husband of 53 years who preceded her in death. Laquitta and her husband, Bill, were best known for their work renovating the IPHC Global Ministry Center when it was purchased in 1972.

The Mash family attended Muse Memorial Church in Oklahoma City for many years. Bill and Laquitta spent their lives “evangelizing” for the Lord in the church through personal friendships of missionaries and every person that walked through the door of their church and through their lives.

Laquitta is survived by her two daughters, Brenda Phillips, her husband Chuck Phillips of Oklahoma City, and Connie Williams and husband James Williams, of Oklahoma City; two grandsons, Chuck Phillips, III of Tulsa, Cody Phillips of Tulsa, and a granddaughter, Ashley Williams of Tulsa. She also leaves two sisters, Gretna McGee and Carol Caldwell of Oklahoma City. Missing her dearly will be a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.

Laquitta has been many things to many people: wife, mother, grandmommie, grammie, grandma Quita, sister, aunt, fellow church member and friend. Across all of these roles, she exemplified the very essence of what a Woman of God should be. Her Christ-like love can fill a room, and yet with God’s help she was always as tough as the circumstances called for.

She traveled the world standing with and supporting missionaries. Young women across the nation can say that they drew closer to God because Laquitta was their camp counselor. Her home was continuously open to young women starting a new phase in their lives, whether it might be a wedding shower, baby shower, or simply welcoming a new face in the congregation.

She always knew just the right thing to do when we went through hard times. Sometimes it was a word of encouragement, sometimes a shared word of prayer, or just the right Scripture we needed to hear. But other times, she just looked you in the eyes and gave your hand a squeeze and said, “Oh, I know it.” And she did. When she did this, you knew in your aching heart that you would not be alone.

We will miss Laquitta. But, somehow it seems right to think of her waiting to greet us into her heavenly home. In the meantime, we can honor her by demonstrating her grace, openness and hospitality. We can be with those who need to learn and give them an example. We can show courage in the face of adversity. We can reach out to those who are hurting and say, “Oh, I know it.”

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Florence Night and Day and Mercy Hospice for their unending care and support. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to “The Bridge” Church in support of missionaries. The family will be present to greet friends at Chapel Hill Funeral Home on Sunday, March 4, from 2-4 pm. Funeral Services will be held at The Bridge, 1116 W Highway 152, Mustang on Monday, March 5 at 10 a. m.

Interment will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery.

[Editor's comment: "Oh, I know it!" was a phrase that Laquitta often used in responding to another person in need or who was hurting. It was an automatic response out of a heart of compassion and love by one who had been there and had walked that path of difficulty.

It is little wonder that everyone loved Laquitta Mash and were drawn to her. Her smile was contagious. She was a role model to scores of young women who liked what they saw and experienced in her and wanted to be like her.

Laquitta was a bright shining light in a world that needed to see the Light of Jesus. In her own way and with the living Christ within her through the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit she fulfilled the teaching of our blessed Lord by being that light in the world where she lived, and moved, and had her being.

Here is what Jesus said:

Matthew 5:14-16
"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

We, who were privileged to know and experience the radiant Christian witness of Laquitta Mash have experienced in her presence her light that was glowing and shining for everyone in the house. May her light and her good deeds continue to give praise of our heavenly Father.

In talking with Anna Faye Bailey Phillips on Thursday morning, March 1, she told me she was present in Laquitta's home when she walked through the golden gates of heaven. The entire family was present to experience her entrance to glory. It is a scene that none of them will ever forget. What comfort, hope, and assurance this precious experience will mean to this Christian family, and will serve as a reminder that there is no need to fear death, for Jesus is standing there with open arms, and with a hand extended to welcome us home.

Laquitta was younger than I. She finished her course in life well. That is my sincere desire, too, "to finish well." What an example she has left to all of us.

May the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit be real to this grieving family now and in the days ahead.

Laquitta, thanks for being a friend to Melvine and me, and our children, Greg and Stephanie. Thanks for the fond memories of you and your family.]

We pay loving tribute to a gracious and loving Christian lady, Laquitta Dean Grant Mash