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Shirley McMillian

Shirley Ann Woodall McMillan

A funeral service celebrating the life of Shirley Ann Woodall McMillian, 75, will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Buster Page officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Hall Summit, LA. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM prior to service time.

Shirley was born on November 28, 1944 in Coushatta, LA to George and Nettie Woodall and passed away January 6, 2020 in Shreveport, LA.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and step-father, James Henry; and brother, Billy Ray Woodall.

Left to cherish her memory are her sisters, Sissy Wilson and Gloria Slayton; brother, George Woodall and wife, Linda; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Honoring Shirley as pallbearers will be Brad Rogers, Sean Slayton, Brian Wilson, and Ronnie Woodall. Serving as an honorary pallbearer is Chris Davidson.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff and nurses at Willis-Knighton North and to the staff and nurses at Garden Park Nursing Center.

Janet Sullivan

Janet Foster Sullivan (Grams) died peacefully on Monday, December 30th, 2019, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Visitation for family was January 5, 2020 at 12 Noon at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Coushatta, Louisiana with services following at Rose-Neath Funeral Chapel at 2p.m. Burial was at New Ebenezer Cemetery in Castor, Louisiana.

Janet was born in Tallulah, Louisiana on January 17, 1951. She was married to Patrick Sullivan for many years. They raised their family of a son, and daughter, and many neighborhood kids in Castor, Louisiana.

Janet was a wonderful Mother and beloved Grandmother absolutely adored by her grandchildren. She had the best sense of humor and loved to entertain her grandchildren with silly stories and songs. She loved Gardening and Flowers.

She was preceded in death by her husband Patrick (Pat) Sullivan in 1997, her Father Alvis Foster in 1991, Mother Beatrice Page Foster in 2005, Stepson Patrick Sullivan Jr. in 1987, and Brother Duane Foster in 1997.

Janet is survived by her son Jesse Alan Sullivan of St Gabriel La, daughter Candida Sullivan Turner of Springhill, La, her grandchildren: Mark D. Turner of Bossier City, Sabrina R. Turner of Bossier City and Sierra (CeCe) Sullivan of Gibsland, La. Honorary grandchildren: Kelsie Ann Nunn of Springhill, La, and Bobbie Jean Turner of Minden, La. She is also survived by a brother, sister, cousins, nieces, nephews, and family friends.

The family would like to recognize Magnolia Home Health, Minden Medical Center, Christus Schumpert Highland medical staff and nurses, LPN Logan Norred from Leslie Lakes Nursing Home, and others for looking after our “Grams”.

Special Thanks to Sharon Mosley for the Memorial Video, Obituary, and Music throughout services.

Honoring Janet as Pallbearers are:  Mark Turner, Jerestin Baugh, Douglas Lee, Jaden Baugh, Sterling Landrum, and Cameron Pipkins.

Kay McElwee

Kay Austin McElwee, 81, of Coushatta, Louisiana, passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2020 in Coushatta, Louisiana at her home.  Services were held Monday, January 6, 2020 in Coushatta, Louisiana at 2:00 p.m., with visitation from 1:00 p.m. till 2:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Coushatta, Louisiana.  Officiating was the Reverend Olan D. McLaren along with Reverend Dr. Paul “Curtis” Carroll, Jr.  Burial followed at Zion Cemetery, Fairview Alpha, Louisiana.

 Mrs. McElwee was born on July 27, 1938 in Mansfield, Louisiana to L. Harmon Austin and Opal McKinney Austin.  Mrs. McElwee attended St. Vincent’s in Shreveport and graduated from Fairview Alpha High School in 1955.  She graduated from Northwestern State University in 1966 with a B.A. in Upper Elementary Education and a minor in math with a 4.0 average.

Mrs. McElwee began her professional life with the Louisiana Department of Education as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor working with mentally challenged young adults in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1966 for 5 years.  After moving to Baton Rouge with her family when her husband was appointed as head of the Louisiana Disability Determinations Program, Mrs. McElwee taught school at South Blvd .East.  She later worked for State of Louisiana as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for seven years in Baton Rouge.

Mrs. McElwee and her husband returned home to Coushatta in 1980 and she began a second career as an elementary school teacher in 1981 and retired after teaching for 28 years.  She taught hundreds of children in first grade and kindergarten at Coushatta Elementary in Red River Parish.  She loved teaching and her students were the light of her life.  She correctly believed that the love she gave them would stay with them and influence their entire lives.

Mrs. McElwee married the one and only love of her life, John Baxter McElwee “J.B.” and was preceded in death by him in 2012 after 58 years of marriage.  She lost her best friend who was also her mother, Opal Austin, in 1999 and missed her every day.

Mrs. McElwee loved music and was a talented pianist.  She loved gardening and animals. She was preceded in death by ten cats and three dogs and survived by three cats and one dog, Precious Puppy. She started the Red River Humane Society in 1995 and began rescuing animals of every kind, shape and size from horses to kittens.  She always had a beautiful yard, full of color and many flowers were transplanted from her mother’s yard.  She planted dozens of trees and had a rose garden at most of her homes.  She believed that to “plant a garden is to walk with God”.

Mrs. McElwee was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Coushatta, Louisiana, Noel and St. Luke’s Methodist Churches in Shreveport and First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She was a member of Eastern Star, the Krewe of Romany in Baton Rouge, Tri Psi and Kappa Delta Pi.

Mrs. McElwee is survived by her loving children, John B. McElwee, Jr. (Sherry) of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and Kim K. McElwee (Denise Bergeron) of Metairie, Louisiana, grandsons Justin Sheriden McElwee (Anoush) of Brooklyn, New York and Sean Austin McElwee (Mandy Lane) of Orlando, Florida and three great grandchildren, Riley, Emerson Baxter and Kinsley of Orlando, Florida.

Mrs. McElwee is also survived by her brother, L. Harmon Austin, Jr. of Orlando, Florida, cousin Nevelyn Faith Brown of Shreveport, brother-in-law, Michael M. McElwee and his wife, sister-in-law Beverly McElwee of Fairview Alpha, sister-in-law Laverne McElwee of Natchitoches, Louisiana.  She is also survived by nieces, Tanya Austin Valente and Kathy Tingle and nephews L. Harmon Austin III “Trey”, Kenneth Wayne Austin, Gary McElwee, Jerry McElwee, Danny McElwee and Michael McElwee and many great nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by her dear neighbors Faith Fields, who brought her much joy, and Trish Gamble who loved her like a second mother and all three shared their great love of animals.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. McElwee was preceded in death by her father-in-law Robert L. McElwee and mother-in-law, Vera Weaver McElwee, brother-in-law Bobby L. McElwee, sister-in-law Eleanor McElwee Cox, brother-in-law A.J. Cox and niece Debra Cox and nephew Wendell Cox.

The family wishes to thank Mrs. McElwee’s angels on earth, her caregivers, Brenda Taylor, Cynthia Clark, Sharon Miller and Jeannette Whitaker.  We cannot imagine life without you.  The family also wishes to express deep heartfelt gratitude for the life-long, ever devoted care from Dr. Wyche Coleman.  In her final days, the Natchitoches Hospice and especially Hailey Roberts were special and will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the First United Methodist Church of Coushatta or the St. Charles Parish Humane Society.

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