"Home Going" services for Dora Maurice "Marcy" (Johnson) Lovelace, 83, of Wilson are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Wilson, with the Rev. Don Clark and the Rev. Jason Williams officiating. Interment will follow at the Hewitt Cemetery of Wilson. Services are under the care and direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson
Marcy was born May 6, 1930, at Merit, Texas, to the late Walter Roy Johnson and Dora (Lawrence) Johnson. She went to be the Lord on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2013, at the Wilson Nursing Center.
Marcy was born and raised on a rural farm in the Merit and Farmersville, Texas, area. She was the baby of nine children, and joined in helping the family do farm work. She rode her horse "Dolly" to school each day, and enjoyed participating in sports. She met the love of her life, J.B. Lovelace, at the Bethlehem Baptist Church. They were married on Aug. 11, 1945, at Farmersville, Texas. They were blessed with the birth of their first child, Patricia on Sept. 1, 1946, and eight years later, another daughter, Malinda on Sept. 16, 1954.
Marcy joined in ministry with her husband J.B. She served in many areas of the church each place they lived: Stoney Baptist Church, in Wise County, Texas; Achilliee Baptist Church, Achilliee Okla.; Kingston First Baptist Church, Kingston; Union Baptist Church, rural area of Sulphur Springs, Texas; FBC Colbert, Okla.; Cumby Baptist Church, Cumby, Texas; Yuba Baptist Church, Yuba, Okla.; Binger Baptist Church, Binger, Okla.; Apache Baptist Church, Apache, Okla.; Wilson FBC, Wilson; Morris Memorial, Ada; and Cheek Baptist Church, Cheek, Okla. She and J.B. worked as houseparents and dorm supervisor at the Buckner Baptist Children's Home in Dallas for 12 years. They considered it a blessing and privilege to be in a ministry that touched the lives of so many young people in a time of need.
Marcy had a passion for missions, and started several WMU, GA and Sunbeams groups in the churches she served. She also served as WMU director in the Caddo association for four years. She also had a love of music and was self taught in learning how to play the piano. She enjoyed teaching children to sing at Cheek Baptist Church. In addition to her service as a pastor's wife, she worked part-time in retail sales at Anthony's department store, she was a teacher's aide at Binger Public Schools, a CNA, and was also a ward clerk at the Seventh-day Adventist Hospital. She worked some in maintenance at Lone Grove Schools. She also joined her husband in working at Falls Creek many summers in several different capacities. She always felt that her first calling was as a pastor's wife, and faithfully served by J.B.'s side during all of his ministry. She accepted Christ as her savior at the age of 10 years, and faithfully served Him the remainder of her life.
Preceding her in death are parents, Roy and Dora Johnson; brothers, Wade, John, Raymond and W.D.; sisters, Mary, Barbra Ellen, Ora Mae and Marty; and grandson, Ricky Don Camplain Jr.
Survivors include husband, Rev. J.B. Lovelace of Wilson; daughters, Pat Ivey of Kingston, and Malinda Camplain and husband, Ricky, of Wilson; grandchildren, Jason Ivey, and wife, Angie, of Ardmore, Jeff Ivey and wife, Amy, of Purcell, Jamie Guthrie and husband, Gary, of Wilson, Lisa Sudderth and husband, Chris, of Ardmore, Brooke McKee and husband, Richie, of Ardmore, and Chase Camplain and wife, Mayra, of Newcastle; 11 great-grandchildren, Brittany Ivey, Rider Ivey, Dysin Ivey, Bailey Brenan, Kayden Ivey, Blakeleigh Ivey, Emmy Guthrie, Nate and Cale Sudderth, Deakin McKee and William Camplain; and numerous nieces and nephews and other family.
Casket bearers are grandsons Jason Ivey, Jeff Ivey, and Chase Camplain; and grandsons-in-law Gary Guthrie, Chris Sudderth and Richie McKee.
Memorial donations in memory of Marcy are asked to be made to the First Baptist Church of Wilson, "Missions Fund," 1384 8th St., Wilson, OK 73463.
Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at the funeral home in Wilson.
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