A retired employee of Salco Construction Co. Inc., she died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at Lane Regional Medical Center, Zachary. She was 74 and a resident of Baton Rouge. Visiting at the Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1920 Progress Road, Wednesday, Dec. 22, from 5 p.m. until religious service at 7 p.m., conducted by Bishop George C. Pierce, pastor. Dismissal at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23. Interment in Southern Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Marie enjoyed reading, singing, entertaining family and friends, cooking and sewing. Survived by her two sons, Johnny Wright Jr. and wife Patricia, Baker, and Julius Roberts, Baton Rouge; grandson, Joshua Wright; two brothers, Alfred Sr. and wife Rosa Mae Shelmire, Baton Rouge, and Jesse and wife Linette Shelmire, Las Vegas; two sisters, Delores S. Montague and Louise S. Manogin and husband James, Baton Rouge; two aunts, Matilda W. Jirles and Leara B. Jirles; and, a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, John B. and Leola Jirles Shelmire; and three brothers, John "Booster" Franklin, Leon Shelmire Sr. and Joseph F. Shelmire. Pallbearers will be Joshua Wright, James R. Manogin II, Larry Shelmire, Anthony Shelmire, Lionel Shelmire and Arthur Ray Duncan. Honorary pallbearers are Johnny Wright Jr., Julius Roberts, Alfred Shelmire Sr., Jesse Shelmire, James R. Manogin Sr. and Michael W. Montague. Arrangements by Grant's Westside Funeral Services, Port Allen, (225) 383-2001.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com on Dec. 22, 2010