Mrs. Elizabeth Mason Marshall was a devoted daughter, sister, wife and mother of two children. Although starting life in Houston with her parents, Carrington and Dorothy Trout Mason and sister, Mary Clara Mason, Betsy and her husband John studied at The University of Texas where they met and remained until John finished law school, then returned to Houston to raise and encourage their two children to find their unique pathways of serving God. Betsy believed in the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ from a young age and served Him with gratitude to the end of her life. As a teacher, she enhanced the lives of many children and found time to be a committed Bible study leader for women of all ages.
Betsy Marshall loved her dear great grandmother’s epitaph:
“I came not to be served, but to serve…” Matthew 20:28
In the Fall of 2013, John Marshall was acutely aware of both his Christian family legacy and his deep appreciation for ministry that provides spiritual care to the sick when he developed and breathed life into the Elizabeth Mason Marshall Award. He felt convicted to promote and shed light upon a beautiful ministry that helped carry him and his beloved wife of forty-four years through the dark journey of terminal cancer. Betsy lost that battle in January of 2013 after a long and courageous struggle. John wanted to celebrate the POP Ministry and the faithful Lay Ministers who served with such devotion and tenderness.
John relates how, “in Gods providence and loving provision, a POP Lay Minister visited us in Houston Methodist Hospital and regular visits quickly became a moving time and a powerfully healing part of coping and enduring the regimen of therapy. Creating a spiritual community, tailored to our faith tradition, was what we needed and it was a POP Lay Minister who heightened our awareness that God indeed, faithfully provides the brilliance of His love right in the midst of the darkest valleys.”
The Elizabeth Mason Marshall Award recognizes POP Lay Ministers who exhibit a faithful countenance of humility and servant-hearted empathy while offering spiritual community and prayer for God’s people who are sick and suffering the hospital. It is all the more meaningful that Mr. Marshall created this avenue of celebrating qualities considered to be exemplary, and yet found most supremely in the humble.
While conferring with the President of POP, the Director of Spiritual Care identifies POP Lay Ministers whose qualities exemplify this award. A POP Lay Minister serving in each of the following areas of the Houston Region is chosen: Texas Medical Center, North, South, East, and West. The awards are presented at a Prayers Of the People event.
Bain Head – TMC
Sang Kim – East
Mary MacMaster – West
Weldon Rogers – North
Jim Young – South