Notice of Death

Margie Maxwell Worsham

After a lifetime spent loving and enriching those fortunate enough to share her presence, Ms. Margie Maxwell Worsham, a resident of Coushatta, Louisiana, completed her extraordinary life journey on March 23, 2020.  Preceding her in death are her parents, Joseph Webster Maxwell and Lila Plumer Maxwell, and siblings Audrey Schlong, Nell Moore, Nila Buswell and Travis Maxwell.

Those who proudly claim a place in her lineage are her daughter, Marilyn Smith (Rodger) of Atlanta, LA, her son, Richard Worsham (Jeannie) of Coushatta, LA, six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.  Her grandchildren include Lance Smith (Dana) of Atlanta, LA, Kyle Smith of Clarence, LA, Cara Smith of Pineville, LA, Mallory Shirley (Dennis) of Stonewall, LA, Megan Lincoln (Andrew) of Dubberly, LA., and Madelyn Cannon (Richard), of West Monroe, LA.  Her precious great grandchildren are Avery, Ella, Landon, Makayla, Graycyn, Elizabeth, Maxwell, Ace, Catherine, Jett, and Logan. She is also survived by siblings Joseph Maxwell of Roanoke, VA, Charles Maxwell of Baton Rouge and Dianne Gebhard of Pearland, Texas.

This devoted mother viewed her children and all her descendants as the supreme good of her life.  Her love for them was boundless and her pride in them inexhaustible. 

Margie was best known for her efforts on behalf of others.  She found her greatest pleasure in aiding those who were limited in caring for themselves.  She was an assiduous worker and gave herself unstintingly to whatever task she faced.  Even in her childhood, when chores needed to be done, it was she who first volunteered to help.  Known widely in her hometown as “Miss Margie,” a term of endearment and earned respect, her life was a model of self-giving.  For many years, she served as the office manager of the CLECO branch office in Coushatta, a position that afforded her insight into the problematic conditions of other people’s lives and an opportunity to offer advice and support which she eagerly accepted.

She spent a great portion of her life as the primary caregiver of her parents and a special-needs brother.  The compassionate role she played in caring for them over many years was a model of unselfishness.  Their needs consumed her thoughts and energy, always given unsparingly.  That willingness to give to others characterized her during her entire adulthood; she became the de facto caretaker of multiple elderly widows who sought her assistance on a daily basis.   She had a pervasive desire to please others and even before her retirement from work, she occupied the position of community helper to neighbors, friends, and associates without expectation of recompense; helping others was simply who she was, and her name will remain synonymous with giving. 

For most of her active years, Margie was a dedicated supporter of her church. Her private faith is adequately explained in the words of a song she wrote entitled “No More Alone.”  In it, she said, “No more alone since I met Jesus.  What joy is mine, such peace divine.  I trust in him so completely– to know his love, his grace sublime—Jesus is mine.”  That grace was reflected in every aspect of her life and we who knew her and loved her are the richer for it.

Pall Bearers honored to serve are Lance Smith, Kyle Smith, Dennis Shirley, Andrew Lincoln, Richard Cannon and Tim Buswell.

For their constant, tender, and professional care of Margie during her last years, the family conveys its deep appreciation to her physician, Dr. Julio Iglesias,  the Autumn Leaves Nursing Home in Winnfield, LA, Guardian Hospice, and her final compassionate and loving caretaker, Lisa Vines.

A private graveside service will be held at Springville Cemetery, under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home, on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home at 7200 Desiard St, Monroe, Louisiana 71203, or to Springville Cemetery at P.O. Box 1023, Coushatta, Louisiana 71019.

Ronald Dean Sanders, Sr.

Private funeral services for Ronald Dean Sanders, Sr., 71, of Goldonna, LA were held at 2 P.M. Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at United Baptist Church, Campti, LA with Bro. Philip Cochran officiating and Bro. Mike Honzell and Bro. Mike Whitman assisting. Private interment will follow in St. Maurice Cemetery. With respect to gathering restrictions related to the COVID-19 virus, visitation for friends was held from 12 P.M. until 1:30 P.M. Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at United Baptist Church. Private funeral services will be for family only. Funeral services under the direction of Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home.

Mr. Sanders was born May 10, 1948 in Carthage, MS and passed away March 21, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Hoyt and Annie Sue Sanders; brothers-in-law, James Maddox and Bill Lavender; father-in-law, O.C. Desadier; niece, Julie; and nephew, Joshua.

Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife, Glenda Sanders; two sons, Shane Kelley and wife Amy, Ron Sanders, Jr. and wife Amy; siblings, Elizabeth Maddox, Barbara Lavender, William “Doug” Sanders; grandchildren: Brooke, Shane, Nick, Haley, and Bryson; and mother-in-law, Lorene Desadier.

Pallbearers will be Rickey Desadier, Dallas Desadier, David Berry, Brandon Malone, Shane Kelley, Nick Kelley, Bryson Sanders, and Ernest Self. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Broadway, Steve Stephens, and Richard Desadier.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home, P. O. Box 331, Coushatta, LA 71019 to assist with Ronald’s funeral expenses.


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