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January 28, 2016 • Daily News at CentralSpeaks.com

CCAF Valentine’s
Dinner Feb 13 at
Tickets at Ross Tire
or School Board.

Demolition of Old CMS Buildings Approved

By Dave Freneaux
Photos by Expressions Photography

At Monday's meeting, the
Central Community School Board
voted to demolish all but one of
the remaining buildings at the
former Central Middle School site.
A bid package will be developed
and issued to provide for asbestos
abatement of all remaining
buildings, and the demolition of all
except the former Industrial Arts
building still in use for support

The original funding for
demolition and abatement of the
site came in a bond issue which
authorized the spending of up to
$1.1 million. Approximately half
of the buildings on the site were
previously abated and removed at a
cost of just under $600,000, leaving
approximately $500,000 for the
remaining site cleanup.

Tune in to FM 91.9 at 5 p.m. tonight as Coach Wesley Melton and members of the Central High School
Soccer Team give an update on the CHS Soccer Program and their season so far. Sports Central is hosted
by Coaches Sid Edwards and Steve Johnson. It airs live every Thursday from Coaches Grill at the new end
of Wax Road behind CVS and Cane’s. The show also airs live on the TuneIn Radio app on any smartphone.

Story Teller Is Time Machine

W h e n
comes to the door,
she looks like
of a grandmother
– soft white hair,
guest coffee with
her faithful dog
Bebe by her side.
that she used to
be very quiet (“I
took after my dad
– until my husband
to spellbind her
tales from a long
life. Born in 1922,
Doreen is 94 years
old, but no one
would ever know it.
Pictured: Doreen Purpera and her dog, Bebe
Her memory is keen,
and her descriptive ability sure.

Doreen was born in Sheffield, England, which explains the crisp
enunciation she retains to this day. Her parents were from Ireland, and she

See Purpera, Page 6

Based on “The Trip” by Ezra Jack Keats
Book by Anthony Stein
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Central High School Theatre
Adults $8
Students $5
Tickets available in CMS office
or at the door

Date: January 28th & 29th-6:30 PM


Bundle Up for Heart Health:
Avoiding a Cold Weather Heart Attack

From Ochsner Medical Center

Now that winter is
finally here, you may be taking
precautions for pipes, plants and
pets, but you should also be aware
of increased risk to your heart!
Studies show the number of heart
attacks increase during the colder
months. Doctors point to the
relationship between cold weather
and strenuous activity as a factor.
This relationship can even affect
people who have not had previous
heart issues.

“It is not uncommon that
cardiac events, such as heart
attacks, occur more in the colder
seasons," said Dr. Douglas
Mendoza, Cardiology Chair for
Ochsner Medical Center – Baton

Cold weather can cause
your arteries to constrict. This can
mean your heart has to work harder
due to a rise in blood pressure and
pulse. Additionally, during the
colder months, platelets are more
prone to abnormally aggregate,
causing clots. Throw in elevated
heart rates due to activity and it
spells trouble for some people.

Strenuous activity can be
anything from that New Year’s
resolution workout routine to the
annual family ski trip to hunting or
even exerting yourself at a chilly
Mardi Gras parade. Dr. Mendoza
recommends that certain patients

with a significant cardiac history
avoid outdoors cold-weather
activity all together. Some other
ways to protect yourself in the
colder months include:

Dress in layers. This traps
air between layers, forming a
protective insulation.

Wear a hat or head scarf.
Up to 30% of body heat is lost
through your head.

Keep your hands and feet
warm as they also tend to lose
heat rapidly. Exposed hands, ears
or any other body part will result
in constricted blood flow to these
appendages, increasing the risk of

Avoid drinking alcoholic
beverages before going outdoors
or while outside. Alcohol gives an
initial feeling of warmth, because
blood vessels in the skin expand.
Heat is then drawn away from the
body's vital organs resulting in a
net loss of heat.

Stay dry. Dampness causes
the body to lose heat faster than it
would at the same temperature in
drier conditions.

Know your risk factors.
Talk to your doctor about your
family history and stay up to date
on appropriate health screenings.

For more information on
comprehensive cardiac care at
Ochsner, visit www.ochsner.org/

CONTACT Central SpeakS

Thursday, January 28, 2016 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

The $273.25 CD

The Public Records Process in Central
would take hours, so I asked to
pay for a copy of the CD. I had
previously paid five dollars each
for copies of CDs of the audio
of public meetings, but the city
wanted $273.25 for this CD. They
explained that copy of the CD
itself was only five dollars, but
that I was being charged 25 cents
per page for the 1,073 pages of
documents ON the CD, bringing
Like most of you, I have a the total to $273.25.
collection of CDs. Most of them
I explained that $5 for the
are albums of my favorite music, CD was fair, but I did not think
but my most valuable CD is one I they were allowed to charge for
recently bought from the City of what was ON the CD. They said
Central… for $273.25.
those were the rules and that if I

I have learned the hard way wanted the CD I had to pay, so I
about the city’s responsibilities paid $273.25 for the CD. I put it
under Louisiana’s Public Records with the four other CDs of public
Law. I always expected the city to records for which I paid Central
already know the law, but now I $160, and I now own the 5-CD
don’t believe they do.
“Boxed Set” for only $433.25.

A quick explanation of the
Louisiana’s Public Records
process: A citizen fills out a form
Law at LA R.S. 44:32 states: “The
asking to view one or more public
custodian may establish and collect
records. The city then produces
reasonable fees for making copies
the record and allows the citizen
of public records.” Not believing
to look at it. If the citizen wants
that $273.25 is a reasonable charge
a copy, the city may charge for the
for a CD, I read how the court
cost to copy that record and hand it
interprets “reasonable fees”.
to the citizen.

In 1994, Louisiana’s First

In my case, I asked to view
the communications between the Circuit Court of Appeal stated:
City of Central and the developer “The statute clearly limits the fee
of the Shoe Creek TND. When which a custodian may collect for
I arrived to view the records, providing copies of public records
there was a CD, and on the CD to a reasonable fee for making the
were several hundred emails with copies. This fee does not include
attachments. In total, there were the original cost of generation of
the information or the actual value
1,073 page images on the CD.

Reviewing that much data of the information. It does include,
at a minimum, the actual costs for
making the copies.”

I’m not an attorney, but a
plain reading of the law and the
court’s interpretation leads me to
believe that $5 is a “reasonable
fee” to copy a CD, but $273.25 is
just a tad high.

Frankly, this whole public
records fiasco started as an effort
to responsibly report, in the
newspaper, the actions of Central’s
government. In the process I have
found some serious barriers to
accessing public records in Central.
I don’t want the next citizen or the
next reporter to encounter these
same obstacles.

I hope that the issues I am
raising will cause Central’s elected
officials to take a hard look at their
policies and rules, spend some
time reading Louisiana’s Public
Records Law, and make some
changes. That would be Good
News for a Great City.
Email: Info@CentralSpeaks.com
Phone: (225) 262-3730
Fax: (888) 220-8396

13513 Hooper Road P.O. Box 78137 Commentary: Dave Freneaux
Central, LA 70818 Central, LA 70837 Dave@CentralSpeaks.com

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CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, January 28, 2016

Crime Stoppers: Have You The Central Chamber Report
Seen These Fugitives?

Crime Stoppers will pay cash reward for information leading to the
arrest of these WANTED FUGITIVES:

DOB 01/06/1984
DOB 02/05/1980
5’09” HGT / 160 WGT
5’11” HGT / 185 WGT

If you have any information on these Wanted Fugitives contact Crime
Stoppers at 344-STOP(7867), text CS225 plus your message to
CRIMES (274637) or email us anonymously from our facebook page
or website www.crimestoppersbr.com
**Remember you do not have to
give your name to collect this or any
Crime Stoppers Reward but you
must call Crime Stoppers **
These fugitives are active as of
January 27, 2016

The Board of Directors of
the Central Chamber recently held
its annual planning meeting for
2016. Each year the board assesses
the directions of the chamber, how
well we are doing in meeting our
goals, and what we would like to
accomplish in the coming year.

In 2015 we celebrated 10
years of the Central Chamber of
Commerce’s service to our business
community. In April 2015 we held an
Anniversary Celebration at Central
Square to mark this milestone. The
Central Chamber is looking forward
to the next 10 years of service to our
commerce community. In order to
be effective in our service in 2016
and beyond, the Central Chamber
has adopted the following goals:
1. To be the representative voice of
the business community
2. Promote local businesses and
encourage “Shop Central First”
initiatives to bolster our local
3. Provide valuable networking
opportunities for our investors
4. Support and help facilitate business
retention, growth, expansion, and
5. Support and encourage strong
community educational endeavors
that will help to enhance workforce
6. Keep our members informed of
governmental actions on the federal,
state and local levels that could
affect business

To carry out these goals,
committee work will be an important
function for the Central Chamber. In
2015, we saw a need to establish new
committees that would help us better
inform and serve our investors. Thus,
in 2015 we started the Public Policy
Committee, Business Relations
Committee, and the Educational
Workforce Development Committee.
Furthermore, we enhanced the
viability of the Membership
Ambassadors Group, and our various
event committees. Over the course
of 2015 these committees continued
to meet, carry out duties, evolve and
establish a clearer plan of work. As
we head into 2016 these standing
committees are ready to spring into
action and move to the next level. If
you would be interested in serving
on one of these and are a member of
the Central Chamber, call the office
for details.

2016 promises to be a
powerful and dynamic year for the
Central Chamber. We invite all
businesses, whether home-based,
street front, commercial, retail,
or other to join the movement!
Together, we are strong!

The Mission of the Central
Chamber shall be to guide, inspire,
and promote the business and
professional interests of its members
and to enhance the economic, cultural
and recreational opportunities of the
citizens of Central.


Thursday, January 28, 2016 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition


Central Speaks Hits the Streets
CPS Soccer at Natchez Cathedral
Central Book Club, Central Library, 11AM
Cross Stitch Lessons, Pride-Chaneyville Library, 1PM
Intro to Excel, Greenwell Springs Library, 3PM
Sports Central Radio Show, 910 AM, 5PM
Board of Adjustments Meeting, Kristenwood, 5PM
Food Addicts Anonymous, Lane RMC, 5:30PM
Planning and Zoning Meeting, Kristenwood, 6PM
Mandatory CHS Football Parents Meeting, CHS Cafeteria, 6PM
CHS Girls Soccer at Live Oak, 6PM
CMS Presents Captain Louie Jr., CHS Theater, 6:30PM
PJ/Night Storytime, Greenwell Springs Library, 7PM

FRIDAY 1/29:

Blood Drive, Lane RMC, 7AM-2:30PM
Artist’s Paint-In/Crafts Work Room at Magnolia UMC, 9:30AM-12PM
Teen Button Tree Art, Pride-Chaneyville Library, 3PM
CHS Boys Basketball at Zachary, 5PM
CHS Girls Basketball vs Zachary, Home, 6PM
CHS Boys Soccer vs Live Oak, Home, Senior Night, 6PM
CMS Presents Captain Louie Jr., CHS Theater, 6:30PM


CHS Boys and Girls Bowling in High School Invitational
Magnolia UMC Community Market, 8AM

Storytime and Craft, Greenwell Springs Library, 11AM
Computer Tutoring, Pride-Chaneyville Library, 11AM
CHS Boys and Girls Soccer Double Header vs Pine, Home, 12PM
Woodworking from A-Z, Greenwell Springs Library, 3PM

See you at church!

SUNDAY 1/31:

CPS Varsity Basketball in Class AA Tournament
CHS Boys & Girls Bowling vs Denham Springs, All Star, 3:15PM


Coaches Grill Grand Re-Opening
CPS Varsity Basketball in Class AA Tournament
CHS Boys Basketball vs Live Oak, Home, 5PM
CHS Girls Basketball at Live Oak, 6PM


CPS Varsity Basketball in Class AA Tournament
CHS Boys Bowling vs East Ascension, All Star, 3:15PM
CHS Girls Bowling vs St. Joseph’s Academy, All Star, 3:15PM


Central Speaks Hits the Streets
CPS Varsity Basketball in Class AA Tournament
Sports Central Radio Show, 910 AM, 5PM
Food Addicts Anonymous, Lane RMC, 5:30PM


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CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, January 28, 2016


Lee High Forfeits to CHS St. Alphonsus Members
Take Caribbean Cruise

It’s not a lot of fun when the other team forfeits, but a win is a
By Coach Godley

win. The boys (1-0) defeated Lee High (0-1) by forfeit at All Star Lanes
on Wednesday, January 20 by a final score of 27-0. Solid bowling all
around by the Wildcats with games of 1031, 1169, and 1170 for a 3370
(8th highest set ever shot by a Wildcat team)! Junior Parker Aucoin led
the team with a 636 series (265 game), followed by Junior Dylan Ringo's
614 (221, 212), Sophomore Dell Dickerson shot a personal LHSAA high
559 (191) and Senior/Captain Johnathan Ryder added a 537 (200). Junior
Bryce Delaune also rolled a 203. Great bowling Wildcats!

The boys, the defending 3-time District Champs, were in action
again on Monday, January 25 against The Runnels School and the girls, the
defending 2-time District Champs, began their season against Woodlawn
on Monday as well. Both matches were at All Star Lanes at 3:15 p.m.


Catholic 1 0 3173
Denham Springs 1 0 2661
Baton Rouge 1 0 2594
Scotlandville 1 0 2295
Broadmoor 0 1 2195
Zachary 0 0 0

Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Presentation at St. Alphonsus

The PrimeTimers at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church invite
everyone to join them at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 18 for
a presentation on Alzheimer's and Dementia by representatives of
Charlie’s Place. The presentation will offer basic understanding of
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. There will be practical tips
and training on how to keep loved ones active. Symptoms to look for in
the beginning of the disease will be addressed. Central Fire Department
will also give information on tracking devices and on general fire safety.
Refreshments will be served.


Garage Sale: Friday, 1/29 7a-1p 12939
Big Oak Ave, Rambling Oaks Sub
For Sale: Pet cage. 18”x24”w/
accessories xcond $50 485-0866
For Sale: Dale Jr. mans shoulder bag
new $25 485-0866
For Sale: Pilates power gym for sale.
Almost new, $175 Call 225-763-1067
For Sale: White electric stove/oven
combo. Slide-in. $125. 225-405-7826.
For Sale: Posturepedic Euro Pillow top
King mattress with boxsprings $200
Call 225-505-0391
Cleaning: Christian, dependable lady House cleaning, office cleaning, & sitter.
Call Norma at 261-3754 or 485-1084.
Wanted: Magnolia Methodist Church
Thrift Store wants your yard sale leftovers!
Call 225-261-2789 for information.

Garage Sale: Fri 7am - 5pm; Sat 7am
- noon. Home decor, clothes, furniture,
housewares. 13599 Blackwater Rd
For Sale: Motorola internet comp modem.
New. $35 485-0866
For Sale: Pet carrier. Cloth. Pink/green
polka dots. New. $20 485-0866

For Sale: Beautiful 4bed/3bath home in
the heart of Central. Great floor plan, many
amenities. Call Angie Hector 225-610-5536
For Sale: Cleared lot on Candletree, ready
to build, Central schools, $82,000. Call
Angie Hector at 225-610-5536
Free: Dress and casual clothes “for the
needy not the greedy” Saturday 12-4. 10867
Live Oak Dr. Senior Residences of Central
Caregiver: 35 years experience. In home.
Day/night/live-in. 654-3313 or 301-2663

Email classifieds@centralspeaks.com. Deadline MONDAY at 5 PM.
Real estate & professional ads are $10 for 3 lines, plus $3 per extra line.
Other ads are free for 3 lines (35 characters per line).

50+ members of St. Alphonsus Parish enjoyed an 11 day cruise to the
Southern Caribbean stopping to visit Grand Turk, Aruba, Bonaire, St.
Kitts, Antigua and San Juan.

Free Prenatal & Newborn
Baby Care Class at Lane

Lane Regional Medical Center will offer a FREE prenatal and
newborn baby care class on Saturday, February 13, at 10:00 a.m., in the
hospital’s Staff Development Classroom.

“The Pregnancy Workshop” is an overview of what to expect
during pregnancy and delivery for the soon-to-be mom. “Baby Care
Basics” covers everything new moms, dads and grandparents need to
know to care for newborns in the first weeks of life. A tour of Baby Lane
(the Labor & Delivery unit), is included. Partners are encouraged to
attend; child care is NOT provided. Registration is required. Please call
(225) 658-4587 to register.

6 CentralSpeaks.com
COMMUNITY Print Edition • Thursday, March 8, 2012

Noah Higgins, age 10, of Central
killed a 9 point buck in Liberty
Mississippi on January 24, 2016.

Memorial: Petty Officer
2nd Class Brandon J. Stone

Brandon, it's been five long years since you
left us. Not one day goes by that you are not
deeply missed by family, friends or co-workers. You touched the lives of so many people
in such positive ways, but you weren't even
aware of how much you were loved and respected. You were just that kind of man, petty
officer, sailor and most importantly, son and
brother. You are forever in our hearts and always on our minds.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Jay Stone
(August 1, 1986 to January 30, 2011) proudly served with the US Navy
from April 2007 until his death on January 30, 2011. During his service
with the U.S. Navy he volunteered and served with the U.S. Army and
U.S. Cavalry at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 • CentralSpeaks.com
Print Edition11

Purpera, Continued from Page 1

and her family would go there to visit
relations. Her mother was in service
to an English family that would travel
back and forth between their Irish
castle and their residence in England.
Doreen was named after the Lady
Doreen (“the only lady who would get
off her horse to talk to the children!”).
“Mom was a great storyteller,” Doreen
shares. “Oh the stories she would tell
us about the castle!” Her father moved
from Ireland during “The Troubles”
(“That’s a whole different story”), and
worked at one of the steel foundries
Sheffield is famous for.

Times were tight, and food
was not plentiful. Doreen remembers,
“We’d say, ‘Mom, we could have
some more of that!’ and Mom would
say (here a bit of Irish lilt slips in),
‘Well, we don’t have it. You may
not have had enough, but you’ve had
sufficient.’” One of the things that
amazed Doreen when she first came
to this country was the huge grocery
stores, packed with everything one
could imagine. In England, there
were little shops: the greengrocer,
the butcher, the fishmonger; they
carried only what England itself could
provide or grow, such as apples.

Memories of being teased by
her 4 big brothers and 5 boy cousins
slip into her experiences in World
War II. “I was in church with my
dad on September 3, 1939. Halfway
through the mass, one of the ushers
came up and told the priest war had
been declared. At 17, I didn’t know
much about war; I thought, ‘Oh, are
the Germans going to be outside the
church when we leave?’”

“One of my older brothers
was just back from serving in the
British Army. He’d been gone for
years and had only been home a few
months. The British Army would
make the soldiers they’d discharged
sign papers saying they would serve
again if needed. Little boys would
bring telegrams back then to families
– this was almost 100 years ago – and
by the time we’d returned from church
that day, my brother was already gone.
I never saw him again.” Jim Collins
was killed on Anzio Beachhead in
Italy in 1944.

The English government had
supplied gas masks that came in a
special carry bag. Doreen reminisces,
“We girls got so tired of going to
dances and having to take both our
purse and our gas mask. We used
to take out the gas mask and put our
makeup in its bag instead! But the

soldiers caught on. They said, ‘This
is the last time we’ll allow you in,
next time we’ll check your bags and
make sure you have your mask!’ But
we never used our masks! We used to
say we don’t know why we have to
take them, just like we used to say we
don’t know why we have to listen to
the ‘Morning Mini’- the Germans will
never get through to Sheffield!”
Then came the night of December 12,
1940. Doreen decided she was going
to a dance with friends. “It was a
Thursday night, I was getting ready to
go out, I think I was 18. My dad said,
‘Where do you think you’re going,
girl?’ I said, ‘I’m going to a dance,
Dad, I’m meeting Alice.’ He said,
‘Oh no, not tonight.’ My dad was one
of the night watch who would go out
in the street when the sirens would go
off. Nothing had ever happened, and
we got to the point where we thought
nothing WOULD ever happen.”

In the early hours of December
13, the Germans bombed Sheffield.
Their target was the eastern side of
the city where all the foundries were
located, but they accidentally bombed
the residential section. “After it was
all over, my dad took me out on the
high field to show me Sheffield on
fire, and it was a big city! Dad said,
‘Now do you understand?’ It was a
beautiful city, too. The whole district
– all destroyed – all gone. You know,
they say the Germans realized that
they bombed the city to the west
instead of going to the east, so they
came back 3 more nights and bombed
it again and missed again!”

The Germans dropped over
450 incendiary bombs on Sheffield.
Almost 700 people were killed,
over 1500 injured. 40,000 were left
homeless. Doreen’s voice lowers as
she shares, “I remember getting out on
my bicycle a couple of days after and
hearing about neighbors and friends
who were dead.”
Doreen’s story continues next
week in the February 4 edition of
Central Speaks.

Pictured: King and Queen of England surveying bombing damage in Sheffield


CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, January 28, 2016

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Thursday, January 28, 2016 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

In Memoriam: Cindy Aucoin In Memoriam: Lois Furr

Ann “Cindy”
wife, mother,
nana, sister,
friend, age
62, resident
of Greenwell
Louisiana, passed away on
Monday, January 18, 2016.

Cindy was an office
manager for a dental office for 20
years before leaving her job to be
full-time caregiver to her husband
of 39 years, Gary Aucoin. Cindy
was a giver. From a very young
age she was like a second mother
to her siblings and this gave her
great practice to be an amazing
mother to her two kids, Ryan and
Layni. When you saw Cindy,
you were filled with joy because
she always had a contagious
smile on her face and laughter
that lit up the room. If you knew
Cindy you knew she loved Jesus,
the beach, and adored spending
time with her kids and grandkids.
Her love was genuine and she
held fast to the good in life. She
loved with great affection. She
honored those around her with
great zeal, and served the Lord as
she served others. She found joy
in the hope of tomorrow and was
patient and prayerful through
many trials. She always gave of

her time, talent and treasure to
those around her, exemplifying
the marks of a true Christian as
is laid out in the book of Romans

Cindy loved her family
more than anything, and is
survived by her husband of
39 years, Gary Aucoin; son,
Ryan Aucoin and wife Beth;
and husband Nathan; five
grandchildren, Kinlee Aucoin,
Miriam Reynerson, Addiella
Reynerson, Ava Aucoin, and
Selah Reynerson; three sisters,
Linda Smith, Beth Orillion and
husband Brent, Karen Russell
and husband Donald; and three
brothers, Butch Calamia, Mike
Calamia and wife Vickie, Keith
Calamia and wife Diana. She
also welcomed Cliff Ancelet into
the family as a fourth brother and
has many nieces and nephews
that will miss her greatly.

She is preceded in death
by her parents, Louis and Frances
Calamia; brother-in-law, J.B.
Smith; and grandson, Tyler

In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to a long
term care fund for Gary Aucoin.

observed on Friday, January 22,
2016 and Saturday, January 23,
2016. Burial was at Resthaven
Gardens of Memory.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great
grandmother, foster mom, aunt, and dear friend to
all who knew her; Lois LaVerne Gurney Furr, born
December 2, 1927, departed this earthly life to meet
her Heavenly Father while holding the hand of her
husband of 70 years, “Honey” with her children by
her side, on January 24, 2016.
She was a life-long resident of Central and a
full-time homemaker; creating a home that brought
comfort, love, and fun to all who entered. She was
an avid flower gardener, seamstress, and quilter. As a
member of the Friendship Force she traveled to many
countries and enjoyed hosting friends from around the world in her own
home. Lois was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. She served faithfully as President of the Women’s Relief Society
Organization in both the Baton Rouge and Denham Springs Stakes. She
also served a mission in Chartres, France with her husband.

She is survived by her husband Donovan Crews Furr, stepsister
Mary Jane Barnett Pierce (Don), sons, Donovan Ray Furr (Linda) and
Julius Randall Furr (Susie), a daughter, Virginia Maie Furr Jensen
(Marlo) and foster daughter, Ellen Hornsby Garver. She is also survived
by 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in
death by her loving parents Julius H. and Lula Virginia Brown Gurney.

The family offers special thanks to St. Joseph’s Hospice staff
and the many dedicated friends and family that so graciously served and
comforted her in her last days.

Funeral services were held at the L.D.S. Zachary Ward church
building on Wednesday January 27, 2016. Interment was at the Hillcrest
Memorial Gardens cemetery on Groom Road in Baker, Louisiana.

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