Minden Press-Herald

Sep 22nd

Mary Jewel (Pete) Chatman

Mary Jewel (Pete) Chatman was born on June 28, 1942 to the late David and Lillia Chatman in Minden. She departed this life on Sept. 26, 2011. Mary accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Calm Baptist Church.

Mary graduated from Webster High School in 1960. She attended Tuskegee and Grambling State universities and later earned her beautician's license from the Watts Beauty School. She ran a beauty shop out of her home while working at the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant.

She married Leo Glenn in 1957, to this union a daughter was born, Jacqueline Janice.

Mary married her long-time high school sweetheart, Jimmy Lee Fuller, on Dec. 25, 1963. During their near 21-year union, two children were born – Juan Leonardo (Tinker) and Jennifer Latrice.

In the early 1990s, she married Elnoil Jones.

Though a Minden native, Mary spent most of her adult life away from Louisiana. She left home in 1966 and spent several years in Indiana before moving to Oregon in 1974. She briefly lived in Maryland before returning to the northwest. Corvallis, Oregon had become Mary's second home where she lived more than 30 years.

Mary had a strong work ethic and worked equally hard in her community helping those around her. A dedicated employee, she worked almost 30 years at Teledyne Wah Chang in Albany, Oregon. She was a proud United Steel Workers of America Union member and served as an EMT on the company's rescue squad.

She was a long-time member of the NAACP and received several awards and accolades for her service to the organization. Mary served two terms as president of the Corvallis branch of the NAACP and became vice-president of the group's tri-state northwest region.

Mary was one of the founding members of Ebony Circle, a black women's group in Corvallis. She regularly helped plan the city's annual Race Unity Picnic and served as a chairman on the city's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration committee. Mary was also active at King Circle Assembly of God where she was a longtime members and regularly volunteered as a church greeter. After she retired from work, Mary stayed busy working as a driver for the Corvallis Senior Center Dial-A-Bus Program.

Mary's dream was to return home to Minden. In 2005, she moved back to her birthplace and quickly became active in the community. She volunteered at local shelters to help those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Mary helped plan and participated in events involving her high school graduating class.

She became an active member of Greater St. Paul Baptist Church, implementing the church's greeter program. Mary drove the church bus for the after-school program and children's Sunday school. She was vice-president of the church's Missionary Ministry and volunteered in the after-school program tutoring youths. Mary earned the church's Woman of the Year Award in 2009.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert Chatman, C.W. Shine and Joshua Chatman.

She leaves to cherish her fond memory, two daughters, Jacqueline J. Jones of Ontario, Oregon and Jennifer L. Fuller of Wendell, North Carolina; one son, Juan L. (Tinker) Fuller of Corvallis, Oregon; aunt, Rosa (Sal) Bailey of Minden; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 7, from 1 until 6 p.m. at Miller Pioneer Funeral Home, 400 E. Union in Minden. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 8, at Greater St. Paul Baptist Church, 510 High St., Minden.

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