Victor & Terry-Stelly-Obituary

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Victor & Terry Stelly

Lake Charles, Louisiana

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December 26, 2020
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Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Johnson Funeral Home - Lake Charles Obituary

Victor “Vic” Stelly (January 11, 1941) and Terry Bass Stelly (September 17, 1940), residents of Moss Bluff, Louisiana, were welcomed into heaven December 26, 2020, just hours apart, after succumbing to complications from COVID-19. Married 60 years, it is no surprise - and brings us great comfort – they met our Lord and Savior nearly hand-in-hand. The consummate gentleman, we imagine Dad holding the gates open in anticipation of Mom. Their love affair and great affection for one another is surpassed only by their Creator’s love for them. And while our hearts ache in their absence, they are also full knowing our parents are experiencing that perfect love and their complete healing against a backdrop of splendor and loved ones who went before them.


People often (and understandably) commented how different their personalities were; but it was their contrasts that kept them young and passionate. They complemented each other in such a way, that no matter what life threw at them, they were able to lift the other’s chin, calm each other’s spirits, and continuously point one another to what mattered most: family, relationships, and service. How lucky we were to have such examples of character and charisma; wisdom and wit; hard work and humor. Together, they were truly their best selves. And we were the beneficiaries of what made them shine. How they anchored our family – brought it cohesion and peace – how they loved us with no limits and extended that deep love to six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren - leave us a standard we will spend our lifetimes striving to meet.


Mom and Dad met while attending Northwestern State University and were married Dad’s  sophomore year. He was from Zachary, she from Longview, Texas. After graduation, they moved to Baton Rouge where Dad taught and coached at Broadmoor and Redemptorist high schools. They then moved to Lake Charles when he accepted an assistant coach position at McNeese State University. His last football season gave way to an entirely new season when he was recruited by State Farm, where he enjoyed a 25-year career as a local agent in Moss Bluff. During this time, Mom also worked as a legal secretary to the District Attorney. When we reflect on their careers, we see a love for people, tireless investment into their community and church, and an openness to change that brought inevitable uncertainty, but often, far more growth and opportunity. And while they worked extremely hard, they also played very well, traveling often, spending time in Orange Beach, and regularly hosting family and friends.


Those left to honor their legacy include: daughter, Tracy (Mickey) Fendley of Valdosta, Georgia; son, Victor Todd (Lori) Stelly of Lake Charles; daughter, Toni Stelly, of Lake Charles; grandchildren: Lance (Jamie) Fendley of Bogart, Georgia; Hannah (Jonathan) Johnson of Lake Charles; Hayden Stelly, Hogan Stelly, Henry Stelly, and Emma Hebert, all of Lake Charles; and great-grandchildren, Hudson and Truett Fendley and Faith and Lyn Johnson.


A celebration of their lives will be held at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on Thursday, December 31, 2020, with visitation from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; Rosary Service at 1:00 pm; and memorial ceremony at 1:30pm. *Please note masks will be required for attendees.* In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Theodore’s Catholic Church or the McNeese State University Endowment in the name of Vic and Terry Stelly.


Our deepest thanks and appreciation to Dr. Sandra Bruno and the medical staff at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Lake Charles for their expert care, heart, and professionalism.


Pallbearers for Mrs. Terry will be Lance Fendley, Hayden Stelly, Hogan Stelly, Scott Peters, Mickey Fendley, Jonathan Johnson, and Lyle Hebert.  Pallbearers for Mr. Vic will be Robbie O’Quinn, Earl Phillips, Louis Bonnette, Greg Griffin, Alan Heisser, Barney Bridges, and Matt Viator and Honorary Pallbearer, Henry Stelly.


 

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There are not enough kind words to say about this couple. And we were not surprised that Vic would not leave his beloved Terry. Dudley and I have known and been friends with them for a long time and think the obituary said everything to fit them. But we are so sorry about this loss for all of their loved ones. Due to Covid we do not attend funerals but wanted yall to know we truly considered them great friends.

Sympathy Gift courtesy of Shannon Briggs-Hack. Group of 50 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Victor & Terry Stelly.

December 31, 2020
Vic and Terry were the "definition" of the perfect couple. Vic was always kind, stoic, intelligent, a leader, great story-teller, and fully of humor and wit. He carried a little tiny grin most of the time which was infectious. Terry could "light up a room," smiling, fun to be around, busy, busy, busy. She was hilarious and made everyone around her happy. Terry had a way of including everyone.
Bill Bussey
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December 31, 2020
To the Family of Vic and Terry Stelly:

I had the honor and privilege of being coached by Vic Stelly at Broadmoor High School in 1966 through 1968. I spoke with him and communicated with him several times afterwards. I only met Terry once, but it was clear they were committed to each other, loved one another, and cherished their relationship. I often tell my friends and family, in those critically formative years there were a few people, other than my parents,...

A great couple, that will be immensely missed. Always with a smile and kind words. Our sympathy and prayers to the family.

They were the sweetest couple ever, they loved everyone and they will be so missed . Our prayers are with all their beautiful family . Ashton & Glenda Richard

WE WILL MISS OUR DEAR FRIENDS IMMENSELY ESPECIALLY OUR DINNERS AND TRIPS AND FOOTBALL PARTIES.MORE THAN THAT WE WILL WAS DONE! THEIR LOVE FOR US AND FOR ALL THE PEOPLE THEY KNEW AS FRIENDS,I ALWAYS THOUGHT OF VIC AS AN OLDER BROTHER AND A MENTOR,EVEN THOUGH WHEN WE FIRST MET I WAS 50 YEARS OLD.HE WAS THE EPITOME OF A FRIEND,IF HE HAD SOMETHING TO TELL YOU,HE DID AND THEN IT WAS DONE.TERRY WAS VERY MUCH THE SAME WAY,SHE CONSOULED ME ONCE WHEN I DRANK TOO MUCH-I NEVER DID IT AGAIN.IT WAS OUT...

Our heartfelt sympathy and gratitude to the Stelly Family.
Henry & Earnestine Sims & The former Westlake Boxing Club

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.