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Barraza, Lionel Gennaro  
Lionel Gennaro Barraza Lionel Gennaro Barraza was a handsome, smart and honorable gentleman who shared his love of life, his surprising sense of humor and unparalleled generosity with everyone he encountered. A dedicated and compassionate physician who received special recognition for his 50 years of professional service, Lionel pioneered diagnostic radiology at St. Francis Hospital and furthered its advancement by starting the Radiological Technology program at ULM. He was also an accomplished artist, cartoonist, photographer and meticulous craftsman who appreciated beauty and reveled in numerous hobbies which he mastered. A patient teacher, he instilled in his children and grandchildren a love of creativity and learning - about horticulture and orchid growing, birding, fishing, golf, archery, wine-making and mixology, model ship building, coin, stamp and map collecting, ballroom dancing, travel and outdoor adventure. He shared his appreciation of all music styles and of movies, and remembered every actor's name. Lionel's commitment, passion and gentle influence is evidenced today by the many young people - both family and friends - whose professional and private lives he inspired and nurtured. Lionel was born on July 4, 1925, in the great City of New Orleans, Louisiana, a place that always retained a special place in his heart. His mother, Josephine "Gommie" Barraza, a beautiful Godchaux model, put Lionel and his brother Donald through their esteemed Jesuit High School after their father, Lionel Rudolph Barraza, passed away. Lionel attended Loyola University before being recruited to Officer Candidate School (V12) where he was the "single Southerner" at Notre Dame. There he perfected and retained throughout life what his family jokingly called his perfect "radio accent." During World War II Lionel was Navy Ensign, Division Officer and Diary Photographer for the Blatchford, the largest troop transport ship in the Navy. Traveling from the California coast to ports around the world he documented in pictures ship maneuvers, war-ravaged cities, historic landmarks and people in places all over the Pacific. Along with the ship's Captain, Lionel was one of the first three men to set foot on Nagasaki after the atomic bomb devastated the Japanese city. He spoke often of the appalling silence on the island, where not even insects or birds survived. Recently he gave recorded testimony about his war-time experiences which are housed in the National Archives in Washington DC. After the War, Lionel returned to New Orleans and graduated from Tulane University and LSU Medical School. After Lionel's internship and residency in Cleveland, Ohio and Columbus, GA, the Barraza family settled in Monroe, LA, where they were at home close to extended family. Lionel adored more than anyone and anything his wife of 65 years, Mary Elise Frellsen Barraza of Baskin, LA. The two met at Charity Hospital in New Orleans when Lionel was a medical student and "M'Elise" was head nurse in the surgical ward. She scolded Lionel and his fellow students for leaving an elderly patient fully exposed during examination. Lionel was wowed by her confident smarts, her dignity and sense of humanity, and within three months they were married. Together the couple lovingly raised four children and enjoyed a happy presence in the lives of nine grandchildren. Lionel's memory will be forever present in the lives of his surviving wife Mary Elise; son Dr. Mike Barraza of Monroe, his wife Dr. Janis Bunch, their four children - grandson Dr. Michael Barraza and wife Ashley with great-granddaughter Abigail of Nashville, TN, granddaughters Julie Barraza of Monroe and Aimee Barraza of New York, and grandson Daniel Barraza at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA; Daughter Ann Daigle of New Orleans, granddaughter Laura Daigle and partner Scott Norris of New Orleans, great-granddaughter Olivia Eleanor Norris, granddaughter Jennifer Hendricks and husband Matt; Daughter Laura French of Dallas, TX, and husband James, granddaughters Alexandra French of New York and Camille French of Dallas, TX; Daughter Robin Coulter and husband Ernie Coulter, with grandson Nick Coulter and granddaughter Cate Coulter of Dallas, TX. Lionel passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on July 28, 2015. Visitation will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, July 31, in Kilbourne Hall at Grace Episcopal Church. The service will follow at 2:00 in the sanctuary. Lionel will be interred in the Grace Columbarium. Online Registry/Condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com Mulhearn Funeral Home Sterlington Road Monroe, LA
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Published in The News Star on July 30, 2015
Bassett, Dorothy Fudger  
Dorothy Fudger Bassett Dorothy Fudger Bassett went to be with the Lord, July 22, 2015. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM followed by a reception at Covenant Presbyterian Church 1901 Milton Street with Rev. John Mabray officiating. Dot is survived by her daughter, Stacey Young and her husband Mike of San Marcos, CA; son Jay Bassett and his wife Tara of St. Augustine, FL; grandchildren, Jared and Madeline Bassett; Brittany and Carly Broz; and two nephews, Joe Bailey Grant and Tommy Grant. Dot was married to Jerry S. Bassett for 38 years, who proceeded her in death on March 23, 1992. Her Mother Virgia Bennett, Father Bruce Fudger and Sister Alma Lucy Manson all proceeded her in death. A proud Alumna of Lee High School, Jacksonville, FL and Converse College, Spartanburg, SC Her love for the arts was evidenced in her volunteerism and involvement in numerous organizations including the Masur Museum, her past roles of President of the Friends of the Civic Center Theatre, The Monroe Beautification, the Monroe Garden Club and one of the founders of the Monroe Garden Study League. She was most proud of her contribution to the education of the Arts through her career as Executive Director of the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council. Memorials may be made to the Monroe Garden Club or to the Masur Museum. Online Registry/Condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com Mulhearn Funeral Home Sterlington Road Monroe, LA
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Published in The News Star on July 27, 2015
Burns, Helen Joyce Andrews  
Helen Joyce Andrews Burns A mother is the heart of a home. Helen Joyce Andrews Burns. One of her daughters said, "A mother is the heart of a home." On July 23, 2015, we lost the heart of the Burns family home. But we will forever have the memories of a life well lived and a heart shared with her family, her church and her community. Helen Burns was a southern lady whose life was characterized by smiles, laugher and a spunky spirit. She was always giving her life away as a gift to others, especially to her husband Joe, her four daughters, their families and her large and loving collection of grandchildren and great grandchildren. She and Joe were married for 71 years. Like one of the many beautiful roses from her garden, she brought color, beauty, aroma and life to everyone she knew, especially Joe. She was welcoming, warm and gracious. Her daughters remember her love of family and faith which she passed on to them. Helen was a great homemaker who kept an immaculate house. She was a wonderful cook - her daughters still use recipes that she shared. In days of good health Helen played tennis with friends, gardened and had a beautiful yard, canned and put up vegetables and fruit in the summer. She made most of their clothes growing up and taught them to crochet, embroidery and needle point. To her grandchildren, she was Gumbo, a south Louisiana word which (translated) means coffee milk in the morning, the smell of back strap venison cooking in her kitchen, endless swimming in the summer, blueberries fresh from her garden, a never ending supply of vanilla Bluebell ice cream cups from her freezer, baby sitting anytime and anywhere, kisses on your head, hugs around your neck and lots of smiles. On her last day on this earth, Helen said, "I'm ready to go…. can I get you anything?" That was Helen. Always wanting to know what she could do to serve you. Later the same day, she fell asleep and went to heaven. Survivors include her loving husband of 71 years, Joe Burns of Jonesboro, LA; Her four daughters, Beverly Covington of Hammond, LA; Sharon Foret and husband Lynn of Lake Charles, LA; Mary Burns of Baton Rouge, LA; Melinda Moore and husband Byron of Ruston, LA; Her nine grandchildren, Chad Turner and wife Andrea of Springfield, MO, Andrew Foret and wife Ashley of Lake Charles, LA, Jonathan Foret and wife Shane of Lake Charles, LA, Ashley Dees and husband John of Houston, TX, Amanda Foret of New Orleans, LA, Matthew Moore of Ruston, LA, Michael Moore of Tyler, TX, Elizabeth Moore of Clinton, MS, and John David Moore of Ruston, LA; Her eight great grandchildren, Channing Turner, Hollis Turner, Adele Foret, Avery Foret, Alice Foret, Emma Foret, Raley Foret, and Jonathan Foret; Two sisters, Jean LaFleur and husband Ernest of Alexandria, LA and Winnie O'Brien and husband T.B. of Midland, TX; Mrs. Burns is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other family. The family extends special thanks to all those who provided loving, skillful care to Helen in the last years of her life. Thanks to Shane McVay, CNP, Jake Wood, MD, Jamie Slusher, MD and Shaun McIntire, MD. Each of these men was generous with his time and skillful in his care. Enough cannot be said about the loving day to day care given by Betty Martin, Shantelle White, Donna Joe, Barbara Jenkins and Sierra Hopkins and many other past caregivers, many of whom came to us through Angel Care of Louisiana, Inc. (Thank you Elsie Allen and Leisa Pope). Thanks also to United Home Health and Premier Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Jonesboro United Methodist Church or The Forestry Foundation (a scholarship fund) through the Louisiana Forestry Association. A visitation will be held for family and friends from 4pm to 6pm Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro, LA. Funeral services will held at 10a.m. Monday, July 27, 2015 at the Jonesboro United Methodist Church in Jonesboro, LA, with Bro. Dick Hooton and Bro. Bill Strawbridge officiating. Interment will take place later that day in the Old Shongaloo Cemetery in Shongaloo, LA. Pallbearers include her six grandsons, Chad Turner, Andrew Foret, Jonathan Foret, Matthew Moore, Michael Moore, and John David Moore. Services are under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home, Jonesboro, LA. You may view our website and send condolences at www.edmondsfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The News Star on July 26, 2015
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