Dorothy Jeanne Gentry Eldridge
Shreveport, LA. Dorothy Jeanne Gentry Eldridge, formerly of Ruston, went home to be with our Lord on May 4, 2014. A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston, Louisiana. Family Visitation will be at 1:00 PM prior to the service. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Ruston.
Dorothy Jeanne was born on October 1, 1923 in Duncan, Oklahoma, the youngest of four children, to Arthur LeMoyne and Myrtis Gentry. On January 16, 1943, Dorothy Jeanne (Dot) married James Eugene Eldridge while he was stationed at Coleman, Texas in Cadet Training School. After the war, Dot and Jim settled in Texas, Arkansas, and finally Ruston Louisiana, where they reared their 3 children. Dot moved to Shreveport, Louisiana in 1998 after the death of her husband to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Dot's relationship to God and her service to Him were most important in her life. She spent her time visiting people in nursing homes, taking care of children in church nursery, working in vacation bible school and taking mission trips with members of her church. Friends and family knew of her kindness and gentleness. She was a dedicated wife and mother, and found great joy in being with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, her mother and father, sisters: Marie Sanders and Mary Helen Newton; brother: James Gentry; and precious great grandchildren: Wade, Melissa, Olive and Noah. Left to love and cherish memories of her are her children: Kandy McEachern and husband Darrell, Bill Eldridge and wife Connie, and Betsy Ebarb and husband Danny; grandchildren: Phillip McEachern and wife Robin, Meredith Guice and husband William, Elizabeth Cobb and husband Chris, Billy Eldridge and wife Brandy, Daniel Eldridge and wife Shannon, Joshua Eldridge, Sarah Ebarb and Christina Ebarb; great grandchildren: Arden Guice, Aubrey Guice, Abram Guice, Clara Cobb, Allie Cobb, Hava Eldridge and Liam Eldridge; and Jeni Eldridge.
Church was an important part of Dot's life. Memorials in her honor may be made to Cook Baptist Church in Ruston, Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport or Noel Methodist Church in Shreveport.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com
Kilpatrick Funeral Home
Kilpatrick Funeral Home
209 North Bonner Street Ruston, LA 71270
Published in Shreveport Times on May 6, 2014