BATON ROUGE, La. — Memorial services for Marian Carol McIntyre, 81, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who passed from this life in the early morning hours of September 27, 2019, will be held at First Baptist Church Chapel, Greenville. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. when services begin on Sunday, Oct. 27. She died at her home in Baton Rouge. Rabenhorst Funeral Homes has been entrusted with arrangements.
Marian was born in Greenville, Mississippi, on August 6, 1938, to her parents James L. and Blanche Grace Taylor McIntyre. Mary, as she was known to family and her many friends, had an active, happy childhood as the youngest of three children, embracing church and family celebrations and observances. She was a devout Christian, having confessed Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord at an early age. She was baptized at First Baptist Church in Greenville, and was active in all youth activities there.
A graduate of E. E. Bass Jr. Senior High School in Greenville, she furthered her education, attending Mississippi College in Clinton, and receiving her degree in Religious Education.
She then earned her Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Mary later graduated from New Orleans Baptist Seminary with a Specialist Degree, majoring in psychology and counseling.
Her career in Louisiana began when she became the State Director of Young Women’s Auxiliary at Louisiana State Baptist Building in Alexandria.
“Miss Mac” as she came to be known in Baton Rouge was the S.E.A.R.C.H. Day Development Training Center Supervisor for Retarded Citizens, and later served as Coordinator of Shelter Services with DHRR/Child Protection Jr. League. She was the Program Director and Manager for the Emergency Shelter for Abused and Neglected Children. Mary was Office Manager of a privately owned court reporting service, from which she began her retirement, remaining in Baton Rouge.
Marian earned many accolades in her lifetime of dedication to the Lord she served and His children, noted for her love of music, her friends from every walk of life, everybody’s children, her laughter and her sensitivity to the needs of others.
After one of her jobs came to a close, Dr. Carmen Scialla, former Music Director at St. John’s Methodist church where she served as Children’s Day Care Director, wrote:
“I shared my working environment with Miss McIntyre for five years. In that time I was able to observe “Miss Mac” (as she was fondly known) in every aspect of her work. In short, her diligence and dedication could be seen in her dealing with children, parents, and staff…Concern for others is Marian’s highest priority, and she expects her staff to uphold these same values without exception. Her knowledge of every child in the program attests to her genuine concern for their well-being. She called everyone by name and seemed to anticipate their needs as well as knowing what is needed to deal with the individual personalities of children and adults alike.”
He speaks well of the life of Marian Carol McIntyre while in her Savior’s calling.
Her survivors include her sister, Grace McIntyre Menhel and nieces and nephews, her namesake Marian Joanna Menhel Polk, Beth Menhel (Mike) McCain, Abraham (Kim) Menhel II, all of Greenville and Bill McIntyre (Teresa) Menhel of Jackson, MS, and their father Abraham Menhel, Sr. (Ruth), also of Greenville.
Her surviving family in Vicksburg, MS, niece Cheryl McIntyre (Mike) Lloyd and nephew James Ross (Shirley) McIntyre and their children, William (Sonia) Lloyd and Clara of Baton Rouge, and Steve (Stephanie) Lloyd, Jacob and Sara of Vicksburg; and her devoted friend of many years Miss Bobby Germany of Baton Rouge. Their beloved “Aunt Mary” was an important member of the family to numerous nieces and nephews in the Greenville-Jackson-Birmingham, Alabama, area and she loved each of them, and all held a special place in her interest in them and their activities.
Preceding Marian in death are her parents, James Lemon McIntyre and Blanche Grace Taylor McIntyre of Greenville and grandparents John W. and Johnnie Marion Taylor, of Ft. Worth, Texas; brother and sister-in-law Billy Ray and Pat Ross McIntyre of Vicksburg.
The family wishes to acknowledge these who gave devoted professional care to Marian: Dr. Bill May, Dr. Garland Greene, Dr. Paul Wagustack and caregiver Alexi Braud, physical therapist; friends Winton and Beverly Turner, Ernestine Hartley and her Women’s Bible Study Class.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the following:
Joni and Friends Ministry, P.O. Box 6088,Albert Lee, MN 56007-6688
Doris Day Animal Foundation, 8033 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 845, Los Angeles, CA 90046.