Dorotha Givens

Published 1:29 pm Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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“In all Thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct Thy paths” (Proverbs 3:6).

Dorotha Isabel Husser Givens, 94, went to be with the Lord and her husband, Quentin L. Givens, on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, Labor Day. She resided all of her life on Gorman Creek in the Canaan Church Community outside of Franklinton, between the communities of Stoney Point and Richardson.

She is survived by three children, Jo’el Givens, Dr. Dedria Givens-Carroll (Bill), and Stefen L. Givens (Sandra); along with grandchildren, Nadia Alhashimi, Amon Alhashimi, Laith Alhashimi, Quentin L. Givens II (Heidi), Mason Givens, Buck Givens, GraceAnn Carroll and Paul Carroll; and great-grandchildren, Aidan Stein, Jaxton Alhashimi, Nora and Emma Givens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Quentin L. Givens; parents, Henry Delos and Dean Seal Husser; and the last sibling to pass on to Glory, who were, Marie Allen Rarrick, Tennyson Husser, Rev. Delos Eston Husser, Maude Dean Crawford, Huey Husser and Mary Nellie Husser, and three foster siblings.

Isabel grew up on Gorman Creek, graduated from Franklinton High School in 1943, went to Spencer Business College in Baton Rouge, returned home in 1945, and purchased the land she lived on all her life. She was hired as the first female/secretary employed at the LSU Experiment Station. She retired from “The Station,” and LSU after working in the County Agent’s office, where she became known as “Ms. Izzie.”

She was a lifelong member of Canaan Baptist Church, where she, along with a group of women, constructed a church building on the World War II home front. She loved her church family and church work. She served as Sunday School teacher, choir member, AWANA leader, Bible School teacher GMA leader, youth leader, bus minister and WMA President. She loved serving others through cooking, and helped publish the Canaan Cookbook. She also enjoyed serving young people and seldom missed church camp each summer. She was a GMA camp and ABS (college student) retreat counselor.

She was secretary of the Washington Parish Fair Association and worked with the Fair as a volunteer for more than 50 years. She never missed a fair except when it was not held during World War II. She was a Past Patron, Noble Queen, Chapter #45 Order of the Eastern Star.

Isabel suffered with the side effects of dementia for several years. Thanks to special caregiver Chandra “KK” Barnes, Nettie Tate (home health), Dr. Mark James and Dr. Farhad Aduli.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to: “Philippines Bible College – Doug & Diane Lee, BMA Missions, c/o Mill Creek Baptist Church, 11 Old Kiln Road, Picayune, MS 39466. Credit/debit card: Tel: 591-455-4977.”

Visitation will be held at Canaan Baptist Church (18486 Sanders Road in Franklinton) on Friday, Sept. 11, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The family will be masking and social distancing and ask that you do the same. The church is set up, accordingly. Visitation will continue on Saturday, Sept. 12, from noon until a Homegoing Celebration service at 2 p.m. Anyone is invited to speak or sing during this Worship Service time. Burial will follow in the Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery.

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