Ina Mae Lowe DeWitt was born on August 16, 1926 in a rural area near Arlington, Texas. She peacefully left her earthly life on September 1, 2023 in Denton, Texas. She was predeceased by her husband, Breland Joel DeWitt, and grandson Breland Norris DeWitt, as well as her siblings James, John (J.W.), Thelma, Yvonne (PeeWee), and Elsie. She is survived by her daughter Shirley Mae DeWitt Hurst, son Kenneth Earl DeWitt and daughter-in-law Joyce Norris DeWitt, grandchildren Christopher Joel Hurst, granddaughter Alexa DeWitt Goodman, granddaughter-in-law Jennifer Hurst, grandson-in-law Jonn Franklin Goodman, great grandchildren Aidan James DeWitt, Paul David Pyle, Jaxon Franklin Goodman, Chase Lee Goodman, and step great grandchildren Rowan Fisher Hurst and Cabella Grace Bowen. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Ina Mae grew up during hard times in a farming family. She was always ready and willing to work hard and to help anyone in a time of need. She volunteered at the schools and churches her children attended, and also at Habitat for Humanity for many years. She was diligent in her places of employment and worked as an assistant in both doctors’ offices and also for county government. She enjoyed working with people and went out of her way to do things for others. She would be quick to arrive with food for families in times of grief or illness, and she even opened up her home on occasions when relative’s or friend’s children needed a temporary place to stay.
Throughout her life, she was an avid sports fan, and followed football, basketball, and baseball. She loved everything from high school sports to pro, and could often be seen cheering on her favorite teams, either at a game or at home in front of the TV. She and her siblings played sports as well as dominoes and card games, and they were fiercely competitive. She played games with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and with the friends she made when she moved to a retirement facility. As a matter of fact, she played dominoes and Uno the very week that she passed away. She will be missed at the card table.
Ina Mae loved the outdoors, and enjoyed tending to her yard and plants, in all of the places she lived… from Richardson, Texas and Galveston, Texas to Prentiss, Mississippi, and to Chipley, Florida. She moved quite a bit and always made her home very welcoming and comfortable, outdoors as well as inside. She spent hours tending to her gardens, and filling birdfeeders. She loved having company and had plenty of visits throughout the years from her children, grandkids, and also from numerous nieces and nephews. She was an excellent cook and she loved to put out a big spread for any meal, and especially for the holidays. It was not uncommon to find cakes, cookies, pies and homemade candy meant to last for a whole week of company. To top that off, she would cook a big, delicious meal every day, as well as provide breakfasts and lunches, and still be ready to beat you at cards. Her house was often lively, with rousing games of dominoes or watching sports with family and friends.
Ina Mae made friends wherever she went. She was a devout Christian and believed in helping others. Her most favorite things in life were her family and friends. She loved a good laugh and often joked around with everyone, including doctors and nurses. She had plenty of ups and downs in her life, but she had a strong will and nothing ever stopped her from continuing to live life in the most vibrant way she could. In fact, she was a three time cancer survivor, and was widowed for forty five years, since her much loved husband passed away when she was only fifty two. She strongly believed in staying busy as a remedy for troubles. One of her weaknesses was spoiling people rotten, especially her grandchildren. They loved having her come to visit because they knew that she would devote her entire attention to them.
Prayer of Hope: “Lord, we gather in unity to mourn the death of our beloved mother and grandmother, Ina Mae DeWitt. We loved her so much, but you loved her more and have brought her into your presence. Father, we celebrate someone that was cherished.”
We honor Ina Mae by remembering her loving, giving and hard working nature.
Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Hebrews 13:16 “Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have because God is pleased with these kinds of
John 15:12 “This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you.”
Matthew 5:42 “Give to those who ask, and don’t refuse those who wish to borrow from you.”
Proverbs 19:17 “Those who are gracious to the poor lend to the Lord, and the Lord will fully repay them.”
Matthew 25:23 “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
The family extends our extreme gratitude and appreciation for the love and exceptional care shown to Ina Mae during the three years she resided at Anthology Memory Care Facility in Denton, Texas. She made her last move there at the age of ninety four. They welcomed her with open arms and made her life there as happy and vibrant as we could possibly hope. It is an outstanding facility and it is carefully managed by well trained, nurturing, and professional caretakers.
We are also grateful to Trio Hospice, whose team of blessed individuals helped during the last year of Ina Mae’s life. Their visits, calls, reassurances, and care every week was a source of comfort to the family.
The family will have a memorial graveside service on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at Antioch Baptist Church, 843 Granby Road, in Prentiss, Mississippi where she will be laid to rest in the church cemetery, next to the final resting place of her husband, Breland Joel DeWitt.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that anyone wishing to honor Ina Mae DeWitt’s memory may make a donation to Habitat for Humanity in Chipley, Florida, where she volunteered for many years. Donations may be received at: