|Mamye Wade was born in Montecello, Arkansas and grew up in Ponchatoula, Louisi-ana. She was a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana College in Hammond, Louisiana where she majored in voice and piano. She did graduate study at Southern Methodist University.
For over 20 years Mamye taught voice and music in the public schools of Louisiana and Texas. She later enjoyed a career in investments and real estate.
It was while she was a student at Southeastern that Mamye met the man who was to be-come her husband, Gilbert H. Wade. Their marriage was blessed by four children; Gilbert III, Elizabeth, Kathleen, and Bruce.
In 1961 Gilbert felt called to give up his teaching career and enter seminary to prepare for serving the local church. Mamye supported this decision totally. Perhaps it was because she had such deep roots in Methodism. Her grandfather was a Methodist Minister and she had grown up taking a very active part in the life of her local church in Ponchatoula.
When Gilbert went into the ministry, Mamye became the perfect compliment of his ef-forts. While Gilbert preached and taught, Mamye directed choirs, played piano and organ, participated in and led bell choirs, and worked in United Methodist Women.
The churches they served felt blessed by this quiet but strong helpmate to their pastor. Her well-organized life, calm presence, and attractive appearance always enhanced the places she lived. She slipped away into the Mystery almost a year ago on July 30, 1990, but her influence is still felt by those who knew and loved this lady of quiet dignity and deep beauty.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1991, p. 252 By Chris Andrews|