|Mary Frances Tooke, 91, died peacefully at home in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, on October 29, 2005. Services were held at the Crystal Springs United Methodist Church with burial at the Arcadia Cemetery in Arcadia, Louisiana.
Mrs. Tooke, born in Forest, Mississippi, on April 7, 1914, was the only child of Joseph Antley (Jack) and Mary Ashmore Fairchild. She graduated from Crystal Springs Consolidated School in 1932, and then furthered her education at Whitworth College in Brookhaven. She earned her undergraduate degree from State Teachers College (now The University of Southern Mississippi) in 1936, and a master’s degree in music from Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1942. She was commissioned as a Methodist Deaconess. During World War II she served at St. Mark’s Methodist Church in New Orleans. While at St. Mark’s her responsibilities included working with the U.S.O. and teaching piano lessons to impoverished New Orleans children for a penny a lesson.
In 1943 she married Reverend Karl B. Tooke. Together they served in the Pastorate of churches throughout the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. Reverend Tooke, with his wife, also worked for more than a decade with the United Methodist Board of Missions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in New York City. In the latter years of their retirement, the Tookes made their home in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, where they were residing when Reverend Tooke died in 1998.
The Tookes had three children: John Karl Tooke, a U. S. Marine who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967; Ruth Tooke Wilkinson (and husband David) of Brandon, Mississippi; and Mary Tooke Kitchens (and husband Jim) of Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Mrs. Tooke was preceded in death by a grandson, Roy Karl Kitchens, and by a beloved son-in-law, James Evin Greer. She is survived by eight grandchildren: Reverend Sam Greer of Bush, Louisiana; Joseph S. Greer and Angel Greer, both of Brandon; Suzy Kitchens, Matt Kitchens, Dan Kitchens, Rebecca Kitchens Thornton and John W. Kitchens all of Crystal Springs. Her great-grandchildren, all of whom reside in Crystal Springs, are Gracie Kitchens, Will Thornton and Wes Thornton.
Memorial gifts may be made to The Rev. Karl B. Tooke Endowed Scholarship at Centenary College of Louisiana, P. O. Box 41188, Shreveport, Louisiana 71134-1188.
|Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2006|