Do everything in love
Marilyn “Vondell” Kent
March 11, 1957 – July 04, 2022
Marilyn “Vondell” Kent, 65, of Amite, Louisiana, passed away the evening of July 4th at her childhood home in Kentwood, Louisiana after a valiant battle with breast cancer.
Vondell was born in 1957 to Wiley and Karolyn Sue Blades. She graduated from Spring Creek High School, where she was awarded Miss SCHS in 1975. As a talented artist, Vondell had a magical imagination and the prowess to bring it to life. She was a gifted singer and pianist. She loved anything outdoors, including hunting deer, riding ATV’s, spending summers at the river, and searching for Native American arrowheads. She was always ahead of the curve when it comes to fashion and loved sharing great food with family and friends. Vondell could see the beauty in objects and loved collecting antiques. She loved animals, especially her many pet cows, pigs, horses, goats, cats, and dogs. She never avoided hard work or the opportunity to help others.
She is preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother; her sister, Cheryl Lanette Fairburn; nieces and nephew, Holli Howard (David Green), Neela Howard, and Wiley Howard; grandnephews and grandnieces, Matthew (Sarah), Landon, Jacqui, and Hannah; her former spouse, Duke Kent; and her dog, best friend and most loyal companion, Rango.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life during her favorite holiday, Halloween, at her happiest place, her barn in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Exact time and date to be announced closer to event.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Susan G. Komen, The American Cancer Society, and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church (4923 Mt Vernon Rd, Liberty, MS 39645). For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
“Jack” Dempsey Perrin Catoire, Sr.
October 8, 1936 – July 5, 2022
“Jack” Dempsey Catoire, Sr., 85 years old of Kentwood, LA formerly of LaPlace passed away on July 5, 2022 at his home with his family at his side. Jack is survived by the love of his life for the past 60 years, his wife, Charlotte Reno Catoire and their 3 daughters, Denise and son-in-law, Andrew Berthelot, Danette and son-in-law, Donald Weems, Delane and son-in-law, Scott Lanier, 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patsy Oubre and Dixie Rome; numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his son, Dempsey, Jr., his parents, Leon and Birdie Catoire, his brother, Max and a sister, Jean Raye McKinney. Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 10:00AM until religious services at Noon on Saturday, July 9, 2022. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Margaret Ann Thompson
June 7, 1944 – July 1, 2022
Our wonderful wife and mother Margaret Ann (Morgan) Thompson passed from this earth on July 1,
2022. Margaret Ann was born to Glyn and Inez Morgan on June 7, 1944, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She
attended elementary school in Pine Grove, Louisiana, and secondary school in Amite, Louisiana. Upon
graduation she attended Southeastern Louisiana University. After two years, she transferred to
Oklahoma State University to pursue a degree in food science. At OSU she met Larry Thompson, who
eventually became her husband. Upon graduation in June, 1966, she entered a one year dietetic intern
program at the Houston Veterans Administration Medical Center and became a licensed registered
dietitian. Soon afterward, she and Larry married and established their first home in Hyde Park,
Massachusetts, in order to be near Larry’s naval home port in Boston. After residing there and
subsequently in Groton, Connecticut (Larry’s next home port), they moved to Tulsa and to Broken Arrow
where they have lived for the last 53 years.
Margaret Ann is survived by her husband, Larry, and her two sons, Robert and David. Robert resides in
rural Muskogee County with his wife Tracy and children Ali, Bodie, and Lily. Robert is a rancher and
insurance broker. David and his wife Jennan Sliman reside in Austin, Texas. David is a software
Margaret Ann is also survived by her sister, Glynda Sue Knighten and husband Jim of Poway, California;
nieces Laura Knighten and Katherine Miller, both of Sierra Madre, California, and their spouses and
Margaret Ann was very active in church and community matters, especially activities focused on food
insecurity. While serving as the sponsor for high school youth at First Presbyterian Church in Broken
Arrow, she began a project with the youth that resulted in the formation of Broken Arrow Neighbors.
She was instrumental in achieving tax exempt status for that organization and served as the first
chairman of its Board of Directors.
She maintained an active professional life, serving as Nutritional Consultant to a variety of health care
institutions, as an instructor in institutional food service operations at the OSU Technical College in
Okmulgee, and as a director of food and nutrition at multiple hospitals in the greater Tulsa area. She was
a life-long learner, earning a master’s degree in public health from The University of Oklahoma.
She was the spiritual rock of our family and we shall miss her very much. A memorial service will be held
at 3 pm on July 11 at Floral Haven Chapel followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
that donations be made to Broken Arrow Neighbors, 315 W. College, Broken Arrow, OK 74012.
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(Thanks to our friend and David’s former classmate, Gwynette Dixon of Fluker, for sharing this prayer need.)
Our church and neighborhood friends seem to be improving or at least holding their own. Please continue to pray for them.
READ AND WRITE TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
July 7 -Isaiah 45: 18-19
Bro. Darryl’s message last night was about “The Dry Bones”.
If you missed it, you can find it on the Facebook FBC, Kentwood, LA.
Be a blessing today!
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