Lura Ethridge Obituary

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Lura Clark Ethridge

March 27, 1923 - May 20, 2011
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Lura Clark Ethridge born March 27, 1923 in Greenville, Mississippi to Mossye Marie Ferguson Clark and Hampton Canoy Clark, passed away Friday, May 20, 2011 in Jackson, Mississippi. She was preceded in death by her brother, Hampton Canoy Clark, and sister, Abbie Miriam Clark Willis. Lura attended Copiah Junior College, graduated in 1942 from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky, and also received a BA in 1944 from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi. In 1946, Lura married William Nathaniel Ethridge, Jr., the future Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court. She is survived by their five children and...
Lura Clark Ethridge born March 27, 1923 in Greenville, Mississippi to Mossye Marie Ferguson Clark and Hampton Canoy Clark, passed away Friday, May 20, 2011 in Jackson, Mississippi.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Hampton Canoy Clark, and sister, Abbie Miriam Clark Willis.

Lura attended Copiah Junior College, graduated in 1942 from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky, and also received a BA in 1944 from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi. In 1946, Lura married William Nathaniel Ethridge, Jr., the future Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court.

She is survived by their five children and grandchildren: William Nathaniel Ethridge, IV and daughters Maggie and Lura, David Ferguson Ethridge and son Patrick Lamb, Paul Ramage Ethridge and son Ross, Ruby Milbourn Ethridge, husband Oran Massie and sons Will Bowers and Bayle Curtis, and Thomas Campbell Ethridge. She has numerous great-grandchildren and niece, Cam Willis, Laura Gresham, and Lenore Hobbs.

Lura received her law degree from the Jackson School of Law (now the Mississippi College School of Law) in 1959. She was presented by her father-in-law, William N. Ethridge, Sr. and admitted to practice law in Mississippi by her husband. While Mrs. Ethridge's principal career focus was oil & gas law, she also participated in legal work involving adoptions, non-profit organizations, discrimination of various types, financial aid, housing, and was an advocate for mental health.

After living away from the State for many years, Lura returned to Mississippi in 2009 to live at St. Catherine's Village. Lura Clark Ethridge was a feminist without ever calling herself one, and an ardent and convincing advocate of the rights of the handicapped, the homeless, and the mentally ill. A pianist, a poetess, and an accomplished chef, she conveyed, to all whose lives she touched, a felt sense of the innate dignity and sacredness of being human.

A Mass of Resurrection will be 11:00am Wednesday May 25, 2011 at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1242 Lynwood Drive, Jackson, MS 39206, phone 601-366-2335 preceded by visitation at 10am.Visitation will also be 5-7pm Tuesday May 24, 2011 at the church followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00pm. Burial will be 4:00pm Wednesday May 25, 2011 at St. Peter's Cemetery in Oxford, MS.

For online condolences go to www.wrightferguson.com..

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