1928 – 2008

Littie V. Gibbs Nash, born in 1928, was the youngest child of James and Edna Minor Gibbs, owners of more than 500 acres of fertile land in Grimes County, Texas. Funeral services for Littie Nash will be Sunday, July 13, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Union Baptist Missionary Church in Edge, Texas. For information, contact Jones-Washington Funeral in Bryan.

During the harshest decades of Texas history for the descendants of former slaves, Nash and her four sisters and two brothers were encouraged to read, and study art, music and languages. Nash, who grew up during the Great Depression, educated in some of the poorest black schools in Texas, developed as an artist, poet, singer- songwriter and an award-winning industrial and nutritional chef.

Nash graduated from Carver High School in Navasota, Texas, in 1947 and began her career in the 1950s as a domestic worker in private homes because that was the only profession open to African American women at that time and then trained as a practical nurse. In that capacity, in the 1960s, Nash began creating healthy meals for diabetics, heart patients and others with special dietary needs. By substituting ingredients in popular foods without sacrificing taste, Nash pioneered in the field of food technology and nutrition.

In 1967, she joined the staff of Sherwood Nursing Home in Bryan, where she became Director of Food Services, in charge of training and supervising kitchen and service staff. One of the first African Americans in Brazos County to hold an administrative position in her field, Nash became credentialed in food technology and nutritional services with training at Blinn College and Texas A&M University and traveled throughout the State of Texas conducting nutrition seminars and food service training workshops. In 1980, Nash retired and devoted the rest of her life to her first loves-her family and helping others.

Nash is survived by her husband, James H. Nash of Bryan; daughter, Sunny Nash of Long Beach, California; granddaughters, Heather Feronberg of Bryan and Christina Feronberg of Houston; great granddaughters, Jaden Twitty and Ezreahanna Harris; sister, Ruby Gibbs Wallace of Bryan; sister-in-law, Mary Nash Evans of Bryan; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.