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Obituary: Minister Mamie E. McCurty

Mamie Elois McCurty was born Dec., 9, 1943 in Pinola, MS, to sharecropping parents Javous and Nellie Standfield. A survivor of inhumane Jim Crow segregation, she grew up in Mississippi with nine brothers. Later, Mamie met and married David McCurty in 1962 where they had four children from this union. They relocated to Port Washington where Mamie dwelled for 40 years. Local town resident of Cow Bay Apartments, Mamie departed this life and went home to be with the Lord on July 7, 2009.

Mamie was a wife, mother, grandmother, minister and servant of the Lord. She was well known throughout the community for her infectious smile, delicious cooking, undying compassion for others in need and genuine hospitality. In addition she was prominent for her numerous accomplishments, commitments and dedication to all of her family, friends, colleagues, and associates.

Mamie started her career in 1979 with Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County, Inc., and was employed there as an accountant and purchasing manager for 29 years. Next, Mamie graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in business administration. During her tenure at E.O.C, Mamie served on the board of directors, was a state representative for the Family Development Association. She also served as an Emergency Disaster Relief coordinator and was the Wise Visionaries chairperson. Mamie served on many committees in order to support the mission and purpose of E.O.C. to eradicate poverty, economic disparity and social injustice in Nassau County.

Mamie was a woman of faith, family and fortitude. She was a faithful member of Zion Baptist Church for 40 years. During her many years of Christian service, she was associate minister, vice president of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Eastern Baptist Association, chairperson of deacons, missionary, deaconess, trustee, Sunday School superintendent, teacher, church clerk and many other positions of trust, responsibility, and excellence. Mamie served the Lord with all of her heart and loved helping others.

Mamie was the nurturer and pillar of her family making countless selfless sacrifices for the betterment and sustainability of her family. She always steadfastly loved her family and supported the exploits and achievements of her children and grandchildren embodying perseverance through adversity, impeccable integrity, undaunted humility, consistent loyalty and fervent diligence. She leaves to mourn two sons: Michael and Dwayne McCurty, two daughters: Stephanie Gibson and Mone McCurty, daughter in heart: Lisa Butler, son-in law: Alton Gibson and six brothers: James Standfield, Roy Standfield, Larry Standfield, Wes Standfield and Stan Standfield. Mamie has seven grandchildren: Burgandy McCurty, Ariana McCurty and Michael McCurty, Jr., Chantelle McCurty Persaud, Sedrick McCurty and Donavon McCurty, Shantae Gibson, grandchildren at heart: Amber Maitland and Prince Butler, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, a host of relatives, friends, colleagues and Christian servants.

Mamie has also left many memories, deeds, and tokens that will be embraced, appreciated and cherished by all for generations to come.