Anita Westmoreland – News from the community
Anita Mae Lazenby Westmoreland passed away suddenly on September 29, 2021.
She was born July 30, 1943 in Grenada, Mississippi, the only daughter of Reverend Claude and Winnie Henson Lazenby.
She grew up in Courtland, Mississippi, graduated from Batesville High School, and was a proud alumnus of Blue Mountain College, where she majored in Bible studies and keyboard / organ.
An accomplished pianist, she began performing in churches at the age of 8 and continued faithfully for five decades in church services, choir rehearsals, weddings, funerals and for solo / ensemble competitions of Aledo bands. .
She moved to Fort Worth in 1968 to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where she earned a master’s degree in religious education.
A few months before graduation, she met Malcolm Jan Westmoreland on a blind date. They married in 1971 and that year celebrated 50 years of marriage and life on the family farm in Wheatland.
Her career path has taken her through the Southcliff Baptist Church Music / Youth Ministry, SWBTS Admission Counselor Rooms, TCU Brite Divinity School Donor Relations Rooms , the Chaplain’s office at Wesleyan University of Texas, and finally through the wards as a Chaplain.
She had a great heart for ordination as a woman minister through the Baptist Alliance.
More recently a member of Broadway Baptist Church, she was also a long-time member of Western Hills Baptist Church, University Baptist Church, and Wheatland Baptist Church.
She was an extremely active and involved high school group parent for her own daughters, which would only be clouded by an even more intense involvement as the group’s grandparent for her three grandchildren.
A shameless promoter of music and the arts, she would encourage all commemorative gifts in her name to be directed to the Broadway Baptist Church Music Ministry on broadwaybc.org or Aledo Band Boosters on aledobandboosters.org.
She considered herself a “magnolia of steel” and growing up in a remote Mississippi had a profound and everlasting effect on her and would play a central role in her life, as her unconditional love was unequivocal and indescribable.
She has stood up for the afflicted, drug addicts, disadvantaged, oppressed, physically / mentally disabled, homeless, desperate, hungry, injured, lonely, excluded, poor, sick, outsiders, the vulnerable, the victims, the weak, the misfits, those who walk to the beat of their own drum, and anyone who lives, loves or colors outside the box.
She is survived by her husband, Malcolm Jan Westmoreland; her daughter Missy Hargett and her husband Kirk; her daughter Katherine Novak and her husband Kevin; grandchildren Noah, Leah and Thomas; and longtime donkey Selene.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 11 at Broadway Baptist Church, 305 W Broadway Avenue in Fort Worth.
October 8, 2021