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Edens, Emma Jean  
Emma Jean Drieling Hamel Edens 1940 ~ 2015 Biloxi, MS Emma Jean Drieling Hamel Edens was born on September 12, 1940, in Biloxi, MS. Her mother and father, Jamesina and Henry Drieling, will be waiting to greet her in Heaven, along with her brothers, Henry, Johnny, and George "Buddy", and her sisters, Henrietta "Reta" and Joyce; her first husband and father of her children, Raymond Hamel Sr.; and her son-in-law, Gregory Mark Landry. What a joyous reunion it will be, as large families are a blessing. Emma Jean is survived by her sister, Margie (Randy) McNair; her brother, Doug Drieling; sister-in-law Inez Drieling; six children: Raymond (Trena) Hamel Jr., Kathi Landry, Cindy (Delmas) Holley, Dawn Curticapian, Tracy (Nick), and Conrad (Dianna); thirteen grandchildren: Raymond Hamel III (Allison), Amber Dellenger (Kenny), Gwen Jacob (David), Keith Jenkins (Sabrina), Delmas Holley Jr., Austin Holley (Caitlin), Dylan Holley, Joseph Williams, Nicholas Ladner (Brandi), Wesley Ladner (Jillian), Jacob Ladner, Logan Ladner, and Noah Hamel; ten great grandchildren: Austin Jenkins, Jamison Jacob, Westin Ladner, Raegan Dellenger, Ryleigh Kate Merriman, Presley Jenkins, Hayden Jacob, Elena Ladner, Harper Grace Ladner, and Sawyer Ladner. Emma Jean was lucky to have found love twice in her life, and she also is survived by ex-husband and now close friend, Benny Edens. As we said, large families are indeed a blessing. Emma Jean, as many of her children and grandchildren called her, developed lung cancer in the last year and has struggled to overcome the disease but finally lost the battle Sunday, June 28, 2015. She was retired from House Klean at Keesler Air Force Base, and her home and family gave her the greatest joy. Her children have been with her night and day for these last few months, having slumber parties for her and when she was up to it, taking her out to the casinos for dinner and a few slots. Stories have been shared about her life and the neverending love she has shown to her children throughout their lives, and her easygoing nature and love of the Lord. She always called each of them daily to keep up with their lives and with so many children, she would spend hours on the phone making sure each one knew they were loved. Some people are truly blessed in life with having a great mother, and the Hamel children were indeed blessed. Happy memories of better times will be their peace and comfort in the coming days. The family would like to say thank you to Dr. Cyril Bethala, Dr. Olivia Hightower, Dr. Stephanie Fussell, and Dr. John Douglas for taking their mother under their wings and providing comfort and care to her and the family as she prepared to cross the bridge into the beautiful gates of Heaven. She was a member of the Church of Christ. The void they will face cannot be described. Visitation is Wednesday, July 1, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, 675 Howard Avenue in Biloxi. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, in the funeral home chapel to celebrate the life of this great lady. Interment will follow in Biloxi City Cemetery. View and sign register book at
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Published in The Sun Herald on June 30, 2015
Elliott, Leighton "Woody"  
Leighton "Woody" Elliott D'Iberville Age 94, died Saturday in Ocean Springs. Arrangements are incomplete at BRADFORD-O'KEEFE Funeral Home, Biloxi Chapel, 374-5650.
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Published in The Sun Herald on June 29, 2015
Elliott, Leighton R. "Woody"  
SMSGT Leighton Raymond "Woody" Elliott, USAF Retired 1920 ~ 2015 D'Iberville, MS Leighton Raymond "Woody" Elliott, age 94, passed away Saturday, June 27 2015, in Ocean Springs, MS. He was born in River Falls, Wisconsin and had been a longtime resident of the MS Gulf Coast. He was a retired U. S. Air Force Veteran with 20 years of service of WW II and the Korean Conflict as Senior Master Sergeant. He then began his second career with the U. S. Postal Service where he was a letter carrier for fifteen years. He was a longtime member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and also of the Shriners. Leighton was preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Dorthy DeSilvey Elliott, and his second wife of 15 years, Mary Rearig Motsing Elliott. He is survived by his son, Don Elliott, of D'Iberville; granddaughter, Lisa Elliott of Frisco, Texas; grandson, Kevin Elliott, of Mobile, AL; and great grandsons, Eric Delgado and Ethan and Michael Elliott. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, 675 Howard Ave., in Biloxi where friends may visit one hour before service time. Interment will follow in Biloxi City Cemetery with military honors. View and sign register book at .
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Published in The Sun Herald on June 30, 2015
Ellis, Doris  
Doris Ellis Gulfport Doris Ellis, 87, died June 23, 2015. Mrs. Ellis was sent from RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, Gulfport to Wilcox Funeral Home, Carthage, MS for services.
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Published in The Sun Herald on June 30, 2015
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