MITTIE SAINT CARRUTH (MRS. ANGUS LEE)
1930 – 1994
November 13th, 1994, family and friends gathered to sing “Now thank we all our God,” as we remembered Mittie there was much for which we continually give thanks.
After her children were well along in school, she went back to school to equip herself to be a teacher. She completed her bachelor’s degree in education, then completed her master’s, and then gained thirty more hours of graduate work. This specialized training, plus her natural gifts as a teacher, plus her concern for and love of the children in her classroom made her an outstanding teacher. She was professional, trained, effective, knowledgeable. The high standards she demanded of herself bring honor to the teaching profession. For her, teaching was more than a profession. It was a calling. She made it a ministry. She was selected to work with gifted kindergarten children getting them ready for a life time of learning. They were given a good foundation for academic learning. But more than academic readiness, they learned a new self respect, and gained a new sense of worth because of the way she related to them, encouraged them, affirmed them, valued them, enabled them to see and claim and realize the better self within.
Mittie knew something of the itinerant system of the Methodist Church before she married into it. She grew up in the church where preachers come and go. She had seen preachers during her years of attending youth camps at the old Bluff Creek Camp, both active pastors and potential preachers. Mittie and Angus were married July 5, 1948. She was very much a part of Angus’ ministry as they served twelve different charges, including Slaughter, Soules Chapel at Gilmer, Texas, Tangipahoa-Pine Ridge, Blackwater, Jennings, Covington, Jefferson in Baton Rouge, First in Hammond, University in Lake Charles, Live Oak in Watson, Meadow’s Chapel and the Retired Ministers’ Home Director. She was always active in the church, teaching in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and singing in the choir. Her’s was a deep but quiet faith, expressed in her life as well as in her words. She was always supportive of Angus’ ministry. She was loved and appreciated in every congregation. More than one Pastor Parish Relations Committee said, “Well, move Angus if you must, but you have to leave Mittie.” It is no small challenge to convert a variety of parsonages into a home. It is no small task to take the varied tastes of previous spouses, or sometimes the cast off furniture of “generous parishioners” and bring order, beauty, familiarity, and security. Somehow she managed to put her stamp and style on the new parsonage. In the midst of changes, some difficult, none sought, she made each house a home. Through the changes she brought a continuity and security that was not dependent on the sameness of surroundings.
She is survived by her husband, Angus Lee Carruth, three sons, Lee, Paul, and John, three daughters-in-law, one daughter, Kathleen Wood, one son-in-law, and three grandchildren. She is remembered and cherished as wife, mother, and grandmother.
The beautiful words by Natalie Sleet were sung at her memorial service in her home church, First United Methodist Church in Hammond.
In our end is our beginning, in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life eternity.
In our death, a resurrection, at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 1995; p. 259 J. Philip Woodland