Maude Allen Futch Bossier of Alexandria passed away at 7:30am on Saturday surrounded by family at her home. She was 89 years old. Maude Allen was the center of her family, but seldom the focus of attention. She met her family's every need and, in that way, was a devoted server and unswerving mainstay. Maude Allen was a charming and vivacious woman with a beautiful smile, dancing blue eyes, and a vibrant personality. She was a determined and tireless worker, a devoted mother and grandmother, and an excellent teacher. She was a wonderful best friend to many. She loved laughter and storytelling, and she enjoyed them most with family and friends gathered together around the family table. She will be remembered for her love of Southern food, her delicious and "highly classified" recipes, and the wonderful food she cooked. Maude Allen was born November 9, 1924 in Amite, LA, the only child of George Allen Futch and Maude Holloway Futch. She spent her summers with her grandmothers in Union Parish, and there learned to love her family and her dogs and horses. She became an excellent horsewoman, a passion that she never lost, riding with her children and grandchildren into her eighties. Maude Allen graduated from Baton Rouge High and Louisiana State University, then worked at Standard Oil in Baton Rouge. At the end of World War II she met Leonard Bossier when he returned from serving in the Third United States Army in the European Theater, and they were married in Baton Rouge on June 2, 1946. They moved to Alexandria in 1951. Maude Allen was a longtime faithful member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. Since the 1950's she was an integral part of the Adult Women's Bible Study there, an encouragement and an inspiration to everyone. She was a member and past president of Alexandria Junior League, was active in her garden club, and until her death maintained a vegetable garden in her yard to provide fresh food for the dinner table. She was an avid tennis player, and enjoyed a regular weekly doubles match even into her eighties. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Leonard Houston Bossier; her daughter, Debra Allen Bossier Norman and husband David of Berryville, VA; and her son Bryan Leonard Bossier and wife Renee (nee Moncla) of Alexandria. She also is survived by her eight grandchildren: William Thomas Elkins and wife Amy (nee Wertheimer) of Brooklyn, NY; Benjamin Bryan Elkins of Alexandria; Katharine Reslan Elkins Delavega and husband Mark of Boyce, VA; Allen Clare Elkins Heckman and husband Drew of Atlanta, GA; Phillip Maurice Bossier and wife Elizabeth (nee Rayford) of Baton Rouge; Bryan Leonard Bossier, Jr. of Kenai, AK; Hascal Allen Bossier of Shreveport; and Samuel Houston Bossier of Baton Rouge. Also she is survived by her eight great-grandchildren: William and Elizabeth Elkins of Brooklyn, NY; Emma Elkins of Alexandria; Bossier, Davis and Maudie Delavega of Boyce, VA; and Houston and Audrey Heckman of Atlanta, GA. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hixson Brothers. There will be visitation at Hixson Brothers, Alexandria from 5pm to 8pm on Monday, March 17th. A celebration of the life of Maude Allen Bossier will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Alexandria, at 11am on Tuesday, March 18th with Rev. Chris Thatcher and Rev. Anthony Mangun officiating. The family will receive visitors there beginning at 10am. Maude Allen had an abiding love of fresh flowers, but she would also have appreciated a donation to St. Joseph Hospice, 7616 Versailles Blvd, Alexandria, LA 71303, who took such marvelous care of her in her last days, or to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 430 Jackson Street, Alexandria, LA 71301. To extend online condolences to the Bossier family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Mar. 15 to Mar. 18, 2014