Minnie Ola Mobley Grice Westbrook, age 103, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday morning April 24, 2017. She was the epitome of a “genteel” southern Christian lady. Minnie Ola touched everyone she met with limitless love. She had the ability to make each person in her life feel cherished and completely accepted. She saw only the good in each of us and, through example, taught us to love and live to the fullest. Our sadness of loving such a caring and generous lady is only matched by the incredible gratitude we feel from being showered with the love and kindness. Minnie Ola was preceded in death by her husband O.Dick Grice and second husband Selvyn Westbrook, her parents Rutherford and Anna Mobley, sisters, Anna Bradley, and Eva Owens and seven brothers: Ilmon, W.H., Lloyd, Leon, Verna, Albert and Merrill. She was the last of the generation. She is survived by her two daughters, Frieda (Bill) Searls of Roswell, GA and Cheryl (Fred) Tyler, of Virginia Beach, VA., two granddaughters, Lisa Hoover and Shannon Owings, one grandson, Jason Turner, five great granddaughters, Lindsey and Mattie Newton, Natalie, Grier and Lily Owings and one great grandson, Elliot Hoover and a countless number of loving nieces and nephews. Minnie Ola was a long member of Bethel Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, GA, Unity Baptist in Stone Mountain, GA and Macedonia Baptist in Decatur, GA. She served as Sunday school teacher and Treasurer for many years. She was always enthusiastically helping with whatever needed to be done. Being a part of the church choir was one of Minne Ola’s great pleasures… She loved Gospel music and being able to share this love. During her last few years she was not able to attend church like she had always done, so faithfully, throughout her life. She lived her faith every day and was always an inspiration to all who knew her. Minnie Ola was a charter member of the Mt. View Chapter of the Eastern Star. She was awarded a lifetime membership after 50 years of service. She was the Chaplin for many years. As a young girl in her twenties Minnie Ola worked as a secretary at the “New” Sears & Roebuck in Atlanta on Ponce de Leon, here she made friendships she cherished until each passed away. After a few years she retired to being a loving wife and mother. Minne Ola’s favorite hobby was designing, sewing and creating different patterns which she would make clothing for her daughters and granddaughters. Always a perfectionist, she would continue to use these skills until her early nineties. She would continue her interest in clothing by going to work for Belk Gallent in Decatur. She loved working in retail. It was here that she would continue her creative thinking by helping her customers with their purchases. She retired at 75. Minnie Ola lived in her home independently until she was 90 years old. Her home was a showplace of beautiful flowers. Gardening has always been a part of her DNA. She never met a plant or flower she could not rescue. She was always the busiest person around with her extensive cooking, gardening and involvement with church activities. When she was 90 years old Minnie Ola moved to the Regency House in Decatur where she lived for 2 years. Then a move was made to Mt Vernon Towers in Sandy Springs to be close to her daughter. She enjoyed years participating in their many activities especially BINGO. The family would like to express their overwhelming gratitude to Cordelia Arrington who provided not just care, but companionship and affection for our mother over the last several years or her life. Many thanks also the Mt Vernon nursing and hospice team for their tender care which doubtless extended her time with us. Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2 PM at the Wages & Sons Funeral Home Stone Mountain Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Hughes & Rev. Ronnie Powell. Burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery in Stone Mountain, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12 PM until the time of the service.

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  1. I’m so sorry! You will all be in my prayers. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Always so stylish!

  2. Never met a classier lady…loved to hear about her famous pineapple meatloaf!!! Our hearts are with you at this sad time…

  3. Minnie Ola was a dear lady. We have fond memories of our years at Unity with her. She was always smiling. What a blessed life. May God bless your family.

  4. Minnie was all way’s a Beautiful lady with a Beautiful Heart and will be Missed Greatly. .God Bless the Family At This Time

  5. I had the pleasure of sitting and talking to her at one of your reunions at Costley Mill. I married into the family in 2015 becoming Mrs Tony Banks. I remember telling Tony that I wanted to sit and chat with her because how amazing that she was so classy at her age, I believe this was 2 years ago. I’m so glad I spoke with her and she was first class all the way.

  6. We remember going to church with you and Mr Grice at Unity Baptist. Such a beautiful graceful southern lady

  7. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers as you experience the loss of this family Matriarch.

  8. Frieda, let your tears flow but only for a moment. Think of your beautiful mother with the beautiful glow surrounding her as she reaches her eternal home. Don’t you think that she just waltzed right through that door? Rejoice! Rejoice! Remember–there are no tears in Heaven. Love you, Sue Loman

  9. Fred Bradley & Family, Wilmington, NC
    Aunt Minnie was a very special person, always quick to make you feel welcome in her home. When I visited from NC with her, we often went out to lunch, which she enjoyed very much, afterwards often showing my wife and I some of the old home places, one in particular on the Covington Hwy. The Mobley family having lived there when she was a young girl. I will surely miss her saying “well Hon” Aunt Minnie loved her family, her siblings, and all of her many nephews and nieces. She will be greatly missed. My prayers for Strength, Comfort, and Love to all that are mourning Aunt Minnie’s passing. May God continue to richly bless our families and our friends. < Love you Cheryl & Frieda.

  10. Learned of Minnie Ola’s passing on yesterday. She was a sweetheart with so much elegance. I enjoyed her as a neighbor and so happy that I had a chance to spend some time with her last year. We enjoyed our time spent together. May her soul rest in perfect peace.

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