Nannie Pearl Maughan Whitehead Grigsby

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Nannie Pearl Maughan Whitehead Grigsby of Denton passed from this life to her eternal home on February 24, 2013, at the age of 97. Nannie was a long time resident of Pecan Place Apartments in Denton. At the time of her passing she was residing at The Vintage Health Care Center.

Nannie was born on May 5, 1915, at her parent’s home, in Gainesville, Texas to George W. and Myrtle M. (Morrow) Maughan. She was the only daughter in a family of eight children. Nannie grew up in a humble home with loving Christian parents who taught her that faith, family and hard work were the cornerstones of a successful life. In her early years, she loved school and enjoyed sewing and cooking with her mother. She was very close to her dad and as she grew older, she found herself working on the farm alongside her dad and brothers chopping and picking cotton and other crops.

Nannie married Wellington (Wed) Whitehead in 1934 and they had two daughters. The family moved to Midlothian in 1947. She and Wed also owned a public laundry in Midlothian for a few years.

In 1952, Wed and Nannie became charter members of the Midlothian Missionary Baptist Church where she served in many capacities including church clerk.

In 1960, Wed died in a tragic job related accident. A few years later, in 1966, Nannie married Birdie Grigsby of Midlothian and added his children and grandchildren to her family. She was later active in the Midlothian Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star where she achieved the title of Worthy Matron.

In 1972, Nannie and Birdie built a house in Myrtle Springs near Wills Point, where they lived together until Birdie’s unexpected death in 1974.

Nannie was an accomplished seamstress. She worked in garment factories in Midlothian area and in Wills Point,Texas for many years until she retired at the age of 78.

Over the years, Nannie had many interests that included cooking, sewing, bowling, reading, attending Bible Study and traveling, visiting friends and family. Her greatest joy in life was being with her family.

Nannie is survived by her children Sallie and George Pfeiffer of Denton, Evelyn and Bob Ammons of Hideaway Lake, Texas, Jimmie and Geneva Grigsby of Myrtle Springs, Texas; one brother, Max Maughan of Corpus Christi ,Texas; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Nannie was preceded in death by both her husbands, WL (Wed) Whitehead and BE Grigsby; parents George and Myrtle Maughan; daughter Patricia Whitehead Richardson; six brothers: James Maughan, Verl Maughan, George C. Maughan, Vernon T. Maughan, G.W. Maughan Jr., Paul Maughan, two sons-in-law Jack Richardson, Clyde Baxter; one grandson Joseph Goetz; one great-great-grandson William Richardson.

Services will be at 10 am visitation, 11 am service, on Monday, March 4, 2013, at DeBerry Funeral Directors, followed by burial at Midlothian Cemetery, Midlothian, Texas. Officiating: Pastor Bruce Troy, of Southmont Baptist Church, Denton, Texas.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ( or Muscular Dystrophy Association ( These diseases affected the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Muscular Dystrophy took the life of her only great-great-grandson, William, age 5.

Pallbearers: Jay Richardson, Kent Baxter, Andrew Cline, Douglas Baker, J.J. Richardson, Roy Maughan, Brian Maughan, Cale Richardson, Evan Richardson. Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren are Honorary Pallbearers.

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