Natchitoches’ Trinity Baptist Church was filled Saturday, June 19 for a very special occasion. A cross honoring Lisa Chesser Borders, a longtime member of the church who passed away due to cancer in 2018, was unveiled. The cross was crafted by her husband, James Borders, a local sculptor and former visiting art professor at NSU. The piece, entitled “Faith”, stands in front of the church his wife loved and is the only “monumental contemporary sculpture” in Natchitoches according to its creator.
The sculpture took almost a year to create and is dedicated to “Three Strong Women”, his wife Lisa Chesser Borders, Margaret P. Chesser, and Avis Borders Fletcher. The sculpture is a cross with symbolism representing the Trinity incorporated into its design.
Before the sculpture Faith’s unveiling, Lisa Chesser Borders was remembered and honored by friends and family in a moving ceremony held inside the filled sanctuary. Pastor Aaron McGuffee, Trinity’s current leader, opened the program and was followed by Rev Ron Thompson, who held that post at the time of her passing. Several of Ms. Borders’ friends shared poetry and writings from this remarkable woman of faith. Judge Desiree Dyess spoke in a moving tribute of her long-time employee, clerk, and friend. Lastly, her husband James Borders spoke of his wife. Her strong faith, faithful service to her church and family and willingness to put her shoulder to any task needed, were common themes throughout the service.
A scholarship in her name for students majoring in Art is being established at Northwestern State University. Helping future generations achieve their dreams is a fitting remembrance indeed.
“It’s ok. I am at peace. I know where I am going.” That statement, inscribed upon a plaque at the base of her monument, is an apt summary of a life well lived.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating the event photography. The album is unlocked, and anyone may download any photos they wish. If you do see a photo you like, please consider a donation to the scholarship fund in lieu of payment.