Grambling community remembers Mildred Moss

Funeral arrangements for Mildred Helen Gray Moss will be held on Saturday, February 20 at 11 a.m. at the New Rocky Valley Baptist Church. The church is located at 2155 Martin Luther King Avenue Grambling, Louisiana, Reverend Julius R. Sumler, pastor/teacher will be officiating.

Mrs. Moss passed away on Saturday, February 13 after a lengthy illness. Services are entrusted to King’s Funeral Home in Ruston. There will be a viewing  Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 61 Grambling, LA 71245.

Mildred Gray Moss was born in the small north Louisiana town of Eros to Ivy and Lela Gray.  Soon after that time, her family relocated to Winnfield, Louisiana.  Growing up there, she eventually met and later married Roy B. Moss.  

After high school, Moss continued her education at Grambling College.  Her desire to major in Home Economics led her to Southern University where she graduated and returned to Grambling College, under the mentorship of Fidelia Adams Johnson, to teach Home Economics at Grambling College Laboratory High School. 

Courtesy photo Mildred G. and Roy B. Moss. Mr. Moss served as Grambling photographer and Mrs. Moss served as a home economics teacher.

Courtesy photo Mildred G. and Roy B. Moss. Mr. Moss served as the Grambling photographer and Mrs. Moss
served as a home economics teacher.

     Mrs. Moss received her master’s degree from Iowa State University and did further studies at Michigan State and Syracuse Universities.

After years of teaching young high school students, Mrs. Moss moved to Grambling College, where she continued teaching home economics and applied art classes.  She became teacher-educator, supervising student teachers across north Louisiana. Mrs. Moss was known for planning and teaching the famous “etiquette course” to Grambling athletes as they started to travel to major cities across the country to play games during segregation.

After retiring with 32 years of service, Mrs. Moss returned to Grambling State University to take on the task of Social Director for then President Joseph B. Johnson. 

Mrs. Moss was the recipient of many honors and awards.  She was a member of Kappa Omicron Pi National Honor Society, Phi Delta Kappa, and Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society.  She was inducted into the GSU Hall of Fame in 1992. She was a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., platinum member of Links, Inc., and a longtime member of the New Rocky Valley Baptist Church.

Her survivors include:  her daughter, Jon Carlys Moss of Grambling; sons, Ira Arnold Moss, (Darlene) of Clarksville, Maryland, and Roy Bernard Moss Jr., (Katrina) of Alexandria, Virgina; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a host of other relatives and friends.