The Rev. Mary Moody remembered for immense work, service within the Baton Rouge community

Tuesday, 07 November 2017, 09:38:55 PM. After a lifetime of tireless work and unwavering advocacy — for love and prayer above all else across Baton Rouge and beyond — the Rev. Mary Moody died last week.
After a lifetime of tireless work and unwavering advocacy — for love and prayer above all else across Baton Rouge and beyond — the Rev. Mary Moody died last week. She was 91. Born and reared in Baton Rouge, Moody became a strong voice on social issues and a pillar of the community. She received numerous awards for service, commitment and leadership, including the Powell-Reznikoff Award from the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations in 2001. After graduating from high school at Southern University Lab School in 1943, Moody earned two degrees from Southern University: one in business education and the other in secondary education. She later earned a master’s in education from LSU and a certificate of theology from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. She taught English and business education to visually impaired children for more than 30 years at the Louisiana State School for the Blind at Southern University — and was one of five teachers named Outstanding Secondary Educator of America from a field of 5,000 candidates — before retiring from her teaching career to become one of the first female ministers for the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She was ordained in 1976 and assigned to Black Creek AME Church in Darlington that same day. During her career, she also served as pastor at Mount Everett AME Church in St. Helena Parish and Heard AME Church in Baton Rouge and eventually became an associate pastor at Bethel AME Church on South Street. During her...Read more
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