“I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”

~Acts 20:32 (NIV)~

Lois Gill Bridges

October 26, 1925 – March 05, 2021

Lois Gill Bridges of Tangipahoa, Louisiana was born on October 26, 1925 in Tangipahoa Parish and passed away March 5, 2021 at the age of 95. She was a homemaker, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will live on in our hearts and the special memories made through the years.

Lois was the daughter of William Hillery and Laura Crawford Gill. She was a member of Chesbrough High School class of 1942 and worked as a clerk for B. Stern Department Store in Amite, LA. She married R.D. Bridges in 1946, and they operated a dairy farm for many years. They were also faithful members of Tangipahoa United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Kentwood Art Guild and loved to travel, especially to the Smoky Mountains to see the leaves change colors. She also loved to paint, sew and crochet.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, R.D. Bridges, two brothers Roy and Monroe Gill, one sister Wanza Gill Keaton and her husband Bobby. Also her beloved son-in-law, Joe DeBlanc.

She is survived by her daughters, Dianne Williams and Patricia DeBlanc. Grandchildren Marshall Williams and Dawn, Ginger Hammel and Vince, Amy DeBlanc Burgess and Wade, and Jody DeBlanc and Laura. Great-grandchildren Taylor Williams, Blake and Colin Hammel, Alex Burgess, Ashlyn, Aaron and Allye DeBlanc. Also, a daughter of the heart, Bonnie Ford Cooper and her daughters Rebekah Allen and Brandon and Lauren Cooper and her daughter, Betty Rae. There were many nieces, nephews, special neighbors and friends who were very dear to her.

Visitation will be held at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood on Monday, March 8, 2021 from 9:00AM until religious services at 10:00AM with Dr. Michael Townsend and Dr. David Millican officiating. Interment following at Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa, Louisiana. Pallbearers are Brandon Allen, Alex Burgess, Aaron DeBlanc, Colin Hammel, Vince Hammel, Charlie LeBlanc, Stewart LeBlanc, and David Spears.

The family wishes to thank Aston Court Retirement Community where she lived for the last 8 years. A special thanks to Hospice Compassus who has provided excellent care since August. Also thank you to the many caregivers who have loved her so well. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to a church or charity of your choice.

Obituary for Joan Foil Simmons


Joan Foil Simmons

A resident of Mt. Hermon died Thursday morning March 4, 2021 at her home after a lengthy illness. She was born May 23, 1941 in Independence and worked for most of her life, alongside her family, on their successful dairy farm. In 1993 she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Southeastern Louisiana University. Joan, and her family, were always extremely proud of that accomplishment being done later in her life. She was an accomplished artist, painter and sculptor. Joan also played an active role in the arts and crafts community in and around Washington Parish, including at the Washington Parish Fair each year. She enjoyed gardening, especially her beautiful flower beds, and cooking for her family and friends. Joan loved taking care of her pet cats and dogs. She was always proud of the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren.

Survived by:

Husband: Ned Simmons of Mt. Hermon

4 Children and Spouses: Jean Renee Burris and Jesse Burris,
Toni Stogner,
April and Bruce Simpson,
Lane and Tracy Simmons

10 Grandchildren

16 Great-grandchildren

Sister: Sharon Corkern

Also numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Dan Foil and Ozzie Passman Foil, a sister Mary Holmes, brothers Joseph Foil, Norris Foil.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday March 7th in the Bogue Chitto Baptist Church Cemetery (41088 Hwy. 438, Mt. Hermon, LA) with Bro. Adam Luper and Bro. Tommy King officiating.

The family wishes to express a sincere thank you to her caregivers Bev Simmons and Janice Brumfield for their loving kindness, Dr. Erin Boh, Chris Keaton and the nurses and staff at the Wound Care Clinic and to the staff of Community Care Hospice for all their care and support.

Pallbearers: Casey Forest, Blake Forest, Ryan Forest, Clint Smith, Adam Smith, Ian Torres, John Giroir

Read the Bible chronologically in 2021 – March 7

NUMBERS 25:1-26:65

Prayer Focus – those who are not saved

Pray for the salvation of all those who are not yet saved.

Annie Armstrong Offering for North America – Day 1 of the Week of Prayer for North America

(Read or Watch)

Shahid & Maroofa Kamal: Sharing A Living God

I trust you will be able to attend worship in person or join an online service today.

Anna Lee