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McNary: Celebrating Remarkable Women: Honoring Their Legacy-Part II

By Loretta McNary

As Women’s History Month unfolds, we will continue to shine a spotlight on the remarkable women in our community whose contributions inspire and uplift us all. From innovative entrepreneurs to dedicated advocates and activists, these trailblazers are making waves and leaving a lasting impact on DeSoto County and beyond.

Loretta McNary

Here is this week’s List of Remarkable Women:

  • Debbie King’s remarkable journey from assistant director to director of the Southaven Chamber is a testament to her unwavering dedication and leadership. Not only does she excel professionally, but her selfless commitment to her family, community, and faith sets an inspiring example for all who know her.. 
  • Susan Rutherford of the DeSoto County Economic Development Council spearheads initiatives driving economic growth and prosperity in the region.
  • Hazel Burks inspires with her commitment to community service and acts of kindness that leave a lasting impact.
  • Monica Renee Emery, the creative force behind MRE Media Works, brings stories to life through her unparalleled vision and storytelling prowess. She also advocates for more women to be recognized for their contributions in film and sports.
  • Angela Merryman Brasfield, SVP of Pinnacle Financial Partners, combines financial expertise with philanthropic efforts, making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
  • Dr. Amelia Cole, PhD, co-founder of Aquila & Priscilla Marriage Ministries and co-host of Marriage Talk TV, provides invaluable guidance and support to couples, strengthening marriages one conversation at a time.
  • Dr. Merica Lyons, Co-CEO of ShotRX, not only excels in the medical field, but also advocates tirelessly for her community’s total well-being and advancement.
  • Maria McClendon, Chief Marketing Officer of First South Financial Credit Union, shapes impactful marketing strategies that enhance financial literacy and empower individuals to achieve their financial goals.
  • Crystal Clark, Founder of Beautiful Spirited Women and a dedicated youth and community advocate, embodies the spirit of empowerment and service. Through her unwavering commitment, Crystal has uplifted countless lives in underserved communities, leaving an indelible mark of hope and inspiration.
  • Hannah Attaway, Assistant Pastor and Women’s Ministry Director at Hope Church Memphis, uplifts and empowers women through her inspiring leadership and unwavering faith.
  • Denise Silas, CEO of Empowered by DS, leads with innovation and passion, empowering individuals to reach their fullest potential.
  • Meredith Brown Biesinger, M.Ed, LDT, an Education Specialist and Professional Writer, illuminates the path to learning for students of all abilities, fostering a brighter future for generations to come.
  • Demetria Bowers Adair, Co-Founder of Two Sistahs and Owner of Dainty’s Fabulous Accessories & Custom Tees, demonstrates unwavering commitment to serving and supporting the homeless, embodying the spirit of compassion and community upliftment.
  • Vontyna Durham, President of Ecelente Trucking, seamlessly blends business acumen with community advocacy, driving positive change and empowerment for all those she serves.
  • Valerie Morris Bearup, President of Morris Marketing Group, balances a successful career with a heart for philanthropy, enriching her community through dedicated advocacy and support.
  • Lea Michelle Cash, CEO of The Brightest Stars, not only nurtures dreams and self-esteem in children thriving in foster care but also enlightens readers as an author and keeps audiences informed as an Entertainment Reporter.
  • Sarita Drake, Executive Director of House of Grace, provides sanctuary and support for those in need, embodying compassion and dedication in her tireless efforts to uplift the women she serves.

Join us in congratulating these remarkable women in person or by visiting their social media pages. Your support and acknowledgment mean the world to them as they continue to make a difference for years to come.

We cannot forget the countless unsung sheroes among us. As we celebrate these extraordinary women, we invite you to nominate your favorite unsung Shero. Who in your life deserves recognition for their tireless efforts and selfless contributions? Nominate them by Friday, March 22, at 5 p.m., by emailing us at with your 50 words or less nomination, so they can be included in our final 2024 list of Remarkable Women the week of March 25.

Cheers to the 2024 Class of Remarkable Women, your dedication and achievements are commendable. Your commitment to excellence, service, and empowerment serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration to us all. 

Loretta McNary is our Lifestyles contributor. Catch “The Loretta McNary Show” on her channels, including broadcast TV, YouTube, Facebook, her website, and elsewhere.