|Mrs. Hattie Simpson Lutz lived almost a century, born September 1, 1880, at the Evergreen Plantation near Greenwood, Louisiana, and passing away July 24, 1975, at Haynesville, Louisiana.
Mrs. Lutz was one of five children born to DeOrsay Alfred Simpson and Mary Eleanor Jackson Simpson. Methodism came early into the life of Mrs. Lutz; she recalls how, upon many occasions, Methodist ministers would stop by the Simpson home where she and four other children came to know country preachers and, as a young girl, how she was fettered to Methodist “conviction.” She could not have known then with what compelling force this childhood faith would write the music of her life’s work and service in Methodism.
She was educated in the Kate Nelson Seminary in Shreveport, Louisiana, and in Mansfield College. On June 6, 1906, Hattie Simpson married Rev. Albert S. Lutz, a Methodist minister of Louisiana. Suddenly, the random, scattered treasures of memory assumed a magic shape and the legacy of Mother and Father and those happy Sunday dinners with country preachers about the table became the harbingers of sacred calling. For thirty-four and one-half years she would pass gently through the lives of thousands as she and her preacher husband bore the wonderment of forgiveness and love to common people.
She served faithfully with Rev. Lutz churches in New Orleans, Homer, New Iberia, West Monroe, Minden and DeRidder, and as the District Superintendent’s wife of the Monroe, Baton Rouge, and Alexandria Districts.
As ministers’ wives must, so did she, make her encounter with human beings that of her daily coming and going; even the trifles of routine were graced with the divine. She grew as many flowers in her soul as she grew in the front yards of parsonages. She never wasted her sweetness in the desert air. All seemed to point her to heaven and as we bade her farewell on July 24, 1975, with mere words far transcended by her service, we did so with great expectancy: that the same little girl sits once again around our Lord’s table with many a Methodist minister of yesterday.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1976, p.140 By L. R. Bevill|