Hurricane Katrina

Lee Esther Brantley, 77, St. Martin

Lee Esther Brantley of St. Martin, a talented alto singer, loved to sing in the choir at Biloxi's First Baptist Church, especially the choir's singing Christmas tree presentation, an annual holiday special.

"She looked forward every Christmas to participating in that event," said daughter Marla Webb of Saucier. "She would be disappointed if they don't have one this year because of the storm."

Brantley, 77, also enjoyed Biloxi's Senior Citizens Center. She was known as the pillow lady. "Mom loved quilting and embroidery and was always making pillows for the raffles," said Webb. "She was a true people-person."

She was a kid's-person, too. When Brantley worked at a school cafeteria, she made youngsters feel special. "If a child was having a bad day or being picked on, Mom would make it a point to give them a hug and lift their spirits."

Her daughter remembers her delicious pecan pie, and how she enjoyed baking, serving and eating, especially on holidays.

"She lived a full life, and her high point of the day would be going to Senior Citizens and singing in the church choir," said Webb.