Ribbon cutting at Remembrance Mortuary Services in Pass Christian

Usually funeral homes are somber places, but that wasn’t the case today at Remembrance Mortuary Services in Pass Christian.

Remembrance Mortuary Services Owner Lataya Johnson said, “It’s heartfelt for me because when I was growing up, I told my Granny I wanted to deal with dead people, and she said you’ve got to be crazy, so here I am, 40-something years later. That’s where the name comes from “Remembrance” – I do it in honor of my grandparents. One passed from breast cancer, and one passed from ovarian cancer, so it means a lot to me.”

Lataya Johnson’s dream of opening a funeral home unfolded recently in the Pass in November. On Tuesday, family, friends, and city leaders, including the mayor, were on hand to celebrate the new business at a ribbon cutting.

This new funeral home has put five people to work, including the owner, who says she’s pretty hands-on. “I just love what I do. I love the people. I do a lot of the hands on. I do my own embalming. The family needs somebody who genuinely cares about them, and you need somebody who’s there from the heart, not just for the pocketbook side of it.”

As for choosing this location on North West Street in Pass Christian, “They needed something hometown. A lot of the times when people passed, they’d go to the surrounding communities, and there wasn’t anything here at home. So, it’s just better when people don’t have to go so far away, where they have people that they can depend on right here in Pass Christian.”

Mayor Chipper McDermott says the opening of this and other nearby businesses in the area is sure to give new life to the city’s economy. “Another business means taxes, and helps the city, relieves us and adds more to our sales tax revenues, so any business is all good, and this is a new one that we didn’t have, so it’s exciting. Shaggy’s has plans to expand to the South, then we have the dermatology clinic down on Menge Avenue that’s under construction, so we have a few things going on there, good things, too.”

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