Lisa Cookston received a welcome surprise when she checked her mail Wednesday.

Lisa Cookston

The Greenwood city councilwoman discovered a signed letter from Tate Reeves, the incumbent governor and former lieutenant governor.

Reeves, who was head of the Mississippi Senate when the letter was written, Jan. 8, informed Cookston that on Jan. 7 the Senate adjourned in memory of her mother, Shirley Curtis, after a motion was made by Sen. Lydia Chassaniol of Winona.

Curtis, a well-known Greenwood hair stylist and business pioneer, passed away last August at the age of 83.

Shirley Chambley Curtis


“The Mississippi State Senate extends its deepest sympathy to you and your loved ones during this difficult time,” Reeves wrote.

“It was very touching and very nice,” Cookston said. “It was just a nice surprise. Lydia was being very thoughtful.”

Chassaniol said by text that adjournments in memory are made frequently by senators as a show of respect for those who have lost loved ones.

Curtis ran multiple beauty parlors in Greenwood and nearby towns.

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