Claudnette McGrew

Claudnette Louise McGrew

Saturday, March 1st, 1958 - Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
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Claudnette Louise McGrew was born on March 1, 1958, in Mobile, AL, to the union of Louise Austin McGrew and the late Cleveland L. McGrew. She was the older child of two children, as the union was also blessed with a son, Dennis. Having grown up attending the Church of God Pentecostal, Claudnette accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior into her life at a young age, and as an adult, she faithfully attended Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.

Claudnette graduated from Williamson High School and attended Tuskegee Institute for her undergraduate studies. She received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Louisville.

She worked for many years at Mobile’s University Hospital. She worked her way up to the position of Director of Volunteer Services. Highlights in this position included directing volunteers to decorate the hospital’s lobby during the Christmas Holiday Season, and she helping to institute a Memorial Tree for grieving family members. At a holiday ceremony, families could hang an ornament memorializing a deceased loved one — a tradition that became well-established over the years.

Claudnette was also a devoted mother to her only child, Austin Louise, shepherding her through life, school and extra-curricular activities and celebrating her many accomplishments and achievements. As Austin matured, Claudnette spent time mentoring other young children, immersing them in the community and taking them to cultural events.

An active member of the Mobile Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Claudnette volunteered with the young women of Delteens and served on other committees. She was also a past member of the Junior League of Mobile.

Preceded in death by her father, Claudnette leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her precious memories, her beloved mother, Mrs. Louise Austin McGrew; brother and sister-in-law, Dennis (Valeria) McGrew; daughter, Austin Louise McGrew-Haynes; niece, Connor McGrew; nephew, Dennis Mitchell McGrew and a host of other devoted family members, loving friends and wonderful sorority sisters.
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Barbara Mitchell

Posted at 07:45pm
What a great and beautiful woman! We will miss your smile always. Rest In Peace. Family, stay strong. She left you a wonderful legacy. She is home now.

Kenny Lawley

Posted at 01:36pm
To the family of Claudnette McGrew, Mere words alone can not fully express my sadness and the pain that I felt upon learning that my dear friend, Claudnette, had left this earth to begin her new life in the Kingdom of Heaven with our Lord, where she will no longer suffer, nor feel pain ever again. She is whole again, and rejoicing with those that she loved that have gone before her. I realize how difficult such a loss this will be for those that she leaves behind, as I lost my own Mother just over 2 years ago, but if any one thing will give you comfort during this time is knowing that she was prepared and ready to go be with our Lord, God, and Holy Spirit..
Claudnette and I worked together at USA Medical Center for almost 30 years, but she and I developed a deep friendship, and worked on many projects together, those for the Medical Center, as well as many others outside of work. She gave me the nickname “Critter”, and I referred to her as “Critter Getter”, even though she and I bickered back and forth with one another, we knew that we both loved each other dearly, and we both knew that we could always count on each other if needed. She and I had made a pack years ago that if we were bought still single when I reached 60 years and she 65 years of age, that we we’re going to buy a big house together, and that way, we could take of one another! LOL Sadly, that will not be possible, but she will always remain in my heart! One of my happiest memories of our friendship was the weekend of my birthday (not sure which year, but...), she, Austin, and one of Austin’s classmates came and spent that weekend with me in Gulf Shores, and Claudnette went way beyond herself to be sure that I had one of the best one’s ever!
She definitely left a mark on my heart, as I know she did all those that knew her. She was loved by so many, and she will truly be missed by all of those life’s that she touched. Prayers for all of you that that she leaves behind, that you all will be comforted by knowing how highly she was thought of, and loved. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and be blessed during this difficult time. With all of my sympathy,
Kenny Lawley

Helena Armstead

Posted at 11:51pm
My condolence I send to the Family.We work together for years.Her spirit was so pleasant to me.Claudnette help me while in the Social Services Department with the first Family in Need Program that was implemented in the Medical Records Department .She will always be remembered for her kind acts of Love. Helena Armstead

Rosemary White

Posted at 08:00pm
I am at lost for words for my friend/sister. It is difficult but I know she is in a better place. I have fond memories of the time we spent together laughing and her correcting/challenging me to grow. From the first day we met, she called me Mary Rose instead of Rosemary. She said it sounded better and I looked more like a Mary Rose.

"What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget"! Your life inspired us.

Rosemary White aka Mary Rose

Warren L. Greene

Posted at 06:48pm
Here I sit on a Friday evening prior to going to view a friend and co-worker for the last 20 years. I will never forget January 2000, upon returning from her vacation, Claudnette came back to find that a space that she once had was given to me by her boss. As she so often shared the story, she went to Steve and asked him why did he give her space to the enemy, because I had just come from another local hospital. Claudnette and I somewhat knew each other prior to me starting to work at USA so she knew what facility I worked at. Over the years, each morning, a few of us would gather to drink coffee and discuss USA Medical Center, now known as University Hospital. We often discussed how great the place was and that we needed to do more with telling our story and establishing a strategic plan. Twenty years later, look at us now. Claudnette always made it known that I was younger than she was and so when she wanted to put me in check, she would call me "junior". I am going to miss having her around to call me "junior". The last significant words that Claudnette left for me in a text, was that she identified me as her leader/friend and she asked me to pray for her with the reading of Psalm 34. As I close, I leave this passage with those who may read this: "The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate. (Psalm 34:22)

So long my Friend - Warren L. Greene

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