Grace Lorene Dumas
1932 - 2019
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Grace Lorene Provo Dumas, 86, 61 year resident of Gary Indiana, made her transition to be with the Lord at 9:16pm Thursday, May 30, 2019 in the comfort of her home surrounded by loving family and friends. Grace was born on Saturday, July 30, 1932 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was the third child born to the union of Rev. Artemus and Lovie Mae Provo. On June 7, 1953, she married the love of her life, Pastor Floyd Earl Dumas, Sr. who preceded her in death. To this union 3 children were born, Floyd Earl Dumas II, Milton Vance Dumas, and Toya Diane Dumas. She graduated from Douglas High School with a diploma in General Education, and then matriculated to the Oklahoma School of Religion where she graduated with a Bachelors of Religious Education Degree. She was employed by the Calumet Township Trustee's office in Gary, IN for 13 years (1979-1992) as an Assistant Supervisor of Records and with the Metropolitan Oasis Community Development Corporation from 1992-2009, holding office as the CEO Emeritus from 2006 until 2012. Her religious and civic involvements were numerous and include: First Lady: Bethel Baptist Church, South Bend Indiana for 2 years (1956-1958), First Lady: Galilee Baptist Church, Gary, Indiana for 2 years (1960-1962); Metropolitan Baptist Church: First Lady: Metropolitan Baptist Church for 38 years (1962-2000); First Lady Emeritus: Metropolitan Baptist Church for 12 years (2000-2012), Director of Music for 37 year (1963-2000); President, Missionary Society for 10 years; Sunday School Teacher- Youth and Adult Classes; President, Christian Women of Metropolitan; Member, Deaconess Ministry; Member, Trustee Ministry; Teacher, Baptist Training Union; Director, Youth Ministry; Driver, Church van; President, Kitchen committee and custodian. 1st Emmanuel Baptist Church; Charter Member, January 1, 2012; Member, Choir Ministry; Member, Intercessory Prayer Ministry Teacher, Sunday School; President, Interdenominational-Ministers Wives and Widows of Gary and Vicinity, First Vice President, Indiana State Minister's Wives; Director of Music, Simultaneous Revival of Gary. Grace is survived by her sons Floyd (Brenda) E. Dumas II, Milton V. Dumas; Daughter, Toya (Eric Sr.) D. Robinson; 4 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; 2 Brothers, Marvin Provo(Oklahoma City, Ok) and Benjamin Provo (Los Angeles, CA), goddaughter/caregiver Cheryl James and a host of loving family and friends. Visitation Friday June 7, 2019 at New Shiloh Baptist Church, 1727 W 15th Avenue, Gary, IN from 4pm-8pm and a Musical Tribute from 6pm-8pm, Rev Corey Jackson, Pastor; Bishop Norman Hairston, Presiding. Celebration of Life, Saturday June 8, 2019 at New Friendship Baptist Church, Gary Indiana at 11am. Rev. Royce Thompson, Pastor, Pastor J.R. McDonald and Pastor Corey Jackson, Co-officiants. Rev. Floyd E. Dumas II, Eulogist. Interment Evergreen Cemetery.



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Published in Post-Tribune from Jun. 2 to Jun. 7, 2019.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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7
Visitation
04:00 - 08:00 PM
JUN
8
Celebration of Life
11:00 AM
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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June 14, 2019
A leader for all women remembering her labor and untiring service down they thenyears in the city of Gary Christian Community ❤
Barbara Goodman
June 13, 2019
Carolyn Brumfield
June 11, 2019
I was unable to attend the funeral to one of the ladies who shaped me into the woman I am today. Her passion for children, her church, and her family is unmatched. I love you Mrs. Dumas then and now. Prayers for the entire family during these long days and heavy nights.
Summer Padgett
June 9, 2019
To the family I am truly sorry for your loss , I really wanted to be there to support you in anyway possible. You will be in my prayers today and forever...she was very beautiful inside and out an her voice is still in my head singing her song His Eyes is On The Sparrow..I love you Mrs. Dumas
Letitia Lockhart
June 8, 2019
My deepest and most sincere condolences to the Dumas family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Pinky
Leontanette Perry - Houston
June 8, 2019
My sincerest condolences Toya to you and your family. I didn't know mommy love personally, but grew to love her through the love you two shared. My heart is truly heavy because I just found out we are missing another beautiful flower from God's heavenly garden. I will keep you and your family in my prayers throughout this very trying time.
Elder Claudia Coco-Evans
June 7, 2019
My deepest condolences to the entire family. I am sincerely sorry for your loss of such a beautiful woman of God. Just her name Grace says it all. My heart and my prayers are with you all.
Yolanda Simpson
June 7, 2019
A Tribute to the Life of Mrs. Grace L. Dumas...

It takes a village to raise a child
Is an African proverb that means that an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment. ...this truth is epitomized in the life of Mrs. Grace L. Dumas. I met and interacted with Mrs. Dumas in the early 1960's on West 20th Place, Gary, Indiana in in a community known as Means Manor. I recall many warm summer evenings when children in the neighborhood would gather on the porch of 459 West 20th Place, listen to gems of wisdom of Rev. Dr. Floyd E. Dumas and were nurtured by the musical ministry of Mrs. Grace Dumas as we took turns cranking a manual ice cream churn. The kid that churned the longest and fastest received the first generous serving of this delicious treat. Mrs. Dumas would frequently sing to us as we enthusiastically engaged this old fashioned ice cream making process. Last fall, I returned to my roots, visited my old neighborhood and paused by 459. To my delight, Mrs. Dumas immediately recognized and called me by my full name and gave me a big warm hug just as she frequently did over five decades ago We then spoke and she cheerfully began to sing...

One day at a time, sweet Jesus
That's all I'm asking from You
Just give me the strength to do everyday what I have to do

Yesterday's gone, sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Lord, help me today, show me the way, One day at a time!

I shall forever remember and value Mrs. Grace Dumas' angelic voice, wisdom, friendship, and genuine love as I walk in ordered steps along the path of my divine destiny, ONE DAY AT A TIME! The Lord's Blessings.

Jules Blake Taylor
Washington, DC
Jules Blake Taylor
June 6, 2019
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Lizzie Motley
June 6, 2019
I am sincerely sorry for your loss and my warmest condolences are extended to your family. May you be reassured that God keeps those who pass on in his memory because they are precious to him. (Psalms 116: 15)
T L
June 6, 2019
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Antoinette Jamison
June 5, 2019
May the God of all comfort comfort you and your family and strengthen you during this difficult time my condolences and prayers are with you and your family bless you woman of God
Barbara Goodwin
June 5, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Barbara Goodwin
June 5, 2019
Toya,

Your mom was truly a special person, a real woman of God. Having experienced the transition of my beloved mother, I can identify with the pain you must be experiencing. You have my sincere condolences.

I am sorry that I can not be with you during the services, but I have to go to Detroit for my nephew's graduation.

Be blessed.
June 5, 2019
To the family of First Lady Grace Dumas you have our deepest sympathy .
Jack and Myrtle Mateen
June 5, 2019
Tamilla Calloway
June 4, 2019
To Floyd, my sincere condolences to the family members and friends of First Lady Grace Dumas.
Charlotte Jones Rowan
June 4, 2019
Deepest condolences from the Louis and Ann Walton Family of Cincinnati, OH.
Toni W Chapman
June 4, 2019
Dear Toya and Family:

Everyone who met your mother felt a special blessing. A truly Christian woman, she lived a faithful live through all of her years. The many friends who share your loss will forever remember our "Amazing Grace".
Charlene Crowell
June 4, 2019
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Richard Rodney
June 4, 2019
Toya, may God comfort you and your family during this time. Continuous prayers from my family to yours.
Genesis Burris
June 4, 2019
We extend our sympathy and prayers. Mrs. Grace Dumas had a great gift to sing praises to God. ( How Great Thou Art). She is resting in the arms of Jesus. In the land where she will never grow old.
The Bridges Family
June 3, 2019
My sincerest and heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the Family. May the Peace, Strength and Love of God surround each of you today and the days ahead as you remember Aunt Gracie's precious memories. Love Karen
Karen Johnson
June 3, 2019
May you Rest in Sweet Peace. You have left the world in the capable hands of your Children and Grand Children. Through them we can see the positive impact you had. Condolences to the Provo and Dumas families.
Richard Rodney
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June 3, 2019
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Richard Rodney
June 3, 2019
My deepest condolences to the Dumas family. My family were members of Galilee and Metropolitan. Mrs. Dumas was truly a woman of grace.
The Blakemore family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Brenda Perry
June 2, 2019
My condolences and prayers to the Dumas family.
Lynnette Perry
June 2, 2019
I was a member of Metropolitan for many years and Mrs. Dumas was atrue woman of God. I loved to hear her sing. Floyd, Milton and Toya, you are in my prayers during this time. She is safe in the arms of the Lord!
Sandra McCowan
June 2, 2019
May God bless the family
Mike Thornton
June 2, 2019
I so remember 'Ms. Grace', Rev. Dumas , when they were on WWCA Gary radio station Sunday nights at 9 PM. I remember Ms. Grace , would sing so Beautifully, and her son Milton, would play the organ, before Rev, Dumas would preach. I alway made a habit to tune in on Sundays at 9 pm for their broadcast. Rev. Dumas and his Beloved Wife are now 'Together Forever', In Heaven !
William F.
June 2, 2019
GOD BLESS THE DUMAS & PROVO FAMILIES DURING THEIR LOSS OF A WONDERFUL CHRISTIAN MOTHER,GRANDMOTHER,GREAT GRAND-MOTHER & SISTER! YOUR LOSS IS HEAVEN'S ETERNAL GAIN! LOVE &BLESS YOU ALL! RALPH AND MARSHA !
June 2, 2019
GOD BLESS YOU FLOYD,MILTON &TOYA &GRANDS,&GREAT GRANDS I MOURN with YOU ALL But I CELEBRATE A WELL LIVED CHRISTIAN LIFE ! SHE WILL BE MISSED ! BY US ALL! BUT REMEMBERED FOREVER! BY US ALL! I WILL KEEP MY MEMORIES OF YOUR MOTHER IN MY HEART! ESPECIALLY YOU FLOYD E.DUMAS 2ND. LOVE & PRAYERS! RALPH!
June 2, 2019
My deepest condolences to you Toya and family. May God give you peace and strength thru your sorrow
Nina Hardeman
June 2, 2019
Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers to you Toya and your family. Rest in Heaven Mrs. Dumas.
Taurie Gillis
June 2, 2019
Sending my Heartfelt Condolence to the family of a very Beautiful Humble Lady Mrs. Dumas. I met her while working at Walmart when she would come shop. I got to talk with her every visit and she always left an encouraging word. God Bless you all.

Marian May
Marian May
June 2, 2019
My deepest condolences and thoughts of peace and love go out to you and your family Toya.
Raven Hall
June 2, 2019
The Lee Family
Gary, Indiana
Willie Lee Jr
June 2, 2019
To the Family of Mrs. Dumas.... I extend my most deepest, sincerest, heartfelt condolences. May The Lord comfort you in your time of sorrow. May she find eternal peace with the Lord.

I met Mrs. Dumas as a child while attending Galilee Baptist Church in Gary, IN. I was baptized by Reverend Dumas and was accepted as Family ever since. 50 plus years of Family like friendship. There is no replacement nor substitute for the love of Family. She will always be in my hrart.

Willie Junei' Lee and The Lee Family
Willie Lee Jr
June 2, 2019
REST IN PEACE Mrs Dumas and Mission Accomplish a true servant of God!
Deron E. Tross
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