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Sallie Hutton Sentell

July 7, 1917 - January 1, 2013



Shreveport, LA - A Service of Witness to the Resurrection in Memory of Sallie Hutton Sentell will be held at 2 o'clock pm, Saturday, January 12, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport. Interment will follow at Cottage Grove Memorial Cemetery, Plain Dealing, LA. Born on July 7, 1917, in Minden, Louisiana, Sallie entered the Church Triumphant on January 1, 2013, at the age of 95.

Sallie was a "cradle Presbyterian" with deep roots in the Reformed tradition. Baptized, educated and nurtured in the faith, she was actively involved in the life of the church, serving with energy, intelligence, enthusiasm and love. She was a self- educated theologian, attending many seminary/church sponsored learning events. In January of 1971, Sallie was the first woman ordained Ruling Elder in the Minden Presbyterian Church. As a member of the Minden church, she taught Sunday school for many years, served on numerous committees of the Synod of the Sun and Pines Presbytery, and was elected Elder Commissioner to the 114th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). She was a life-long member of Presbyterian Women. Sallie was an amateur ornithologist with Cornell University as well as an internationally competitive ballroom dancer, garnering a bronze in Mexico City and a silver in London. Her adventurous nature led her to travel extensively with the English Speaking Union and she took every one of her grandchildren on trips to the location of their interest. Sallie was a disciplined, life-long learner. Over the years, she became an accomplished quilter, gardener and family historian. Generations of Sentells, those living and those yet to be born, will be forever grateful to Sallie for writing several books. These "self-published" books tell the genealogy of the family as well as first-hand accounts of what life was like in north Bossier and Webster Parishes. Her thoughtful, generous and gracious spirit was admired and appreciated by all who knew her.

A fourth generation Minden resident, Sallie is preceded in death by her parents, Cornelius M. Hutton and Juliet Webb Hutton, one sister, Juliet Hutton Rathbun of Minden, and husbands, Dr. Charles Sherburne Sentell, Sr., who practiced medicine in Minden for many years, and the Rev. James Anderton, Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Survivors include two daughters, Jean Mendenhall and husband Shannon of Shreveport, and Sallie Roberts and husband Duck of Kissimmee, FL; two sons, Charles Sherburne Sentell, Jr. and wife Diane of Minden, and Webb Sentell and wife Beth of Shreveport; two step-sons, J. T. Anderton and wife Regina of Cincinnati, OH, and John Anderton of New Orleans; eleven grandchildren, Bill Mendenhall, Julie Marshall, Paige Roberts, Jeannie DeLeon, Joe Roberts and Will Roberts, Sherb Sentell, Hutton Sentell, Molly Haile, CJ Sentell and Laura Sentell; and twenty-one great grandchildren, many of whom interacted with "Nena" on Facebook. Sallie's youthful nature and sharp wit endeared her to everyone, young and old alike.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 900 Jordan St., Shreveport, LA 71101 or John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 3030 Colquitt Rd, Shreveport, LA 71118.




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Published in Shreveport Times from Jan. 6 to Jan. 12, 2013.
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January 12, 2013
What a beautiful tribute to a fine southern lady. Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all. Margaret and Marshall John.
margaret john
January 11, 2013
Sallie was a great lady, and I always enjoyed talking with her when she visited Trinity Presbyterian.
Gordon Christy
January 11, 2013
I did not know this beautiful lady personally but from stories and tales told she was much loved by her children and grandchildren.
Liz Balls
January 11, 2013
My heart felt condolences to the Sentell and Hutton family. She was loved by all who new her. She spoke to me at length at my mothers funeral, her neice, and provided me with comfort. My prayers are with you Aunt Sallie and with her family.
Mac Plummer
January 11, 2013
"God, please wrap your arms around those that are grieving. Send them your loving Grace, and give them peace in these difficult times. In Jesus name, Amen."
From a cousin who never got to know you
Sandy Lewis Evans
January 7, 2013
You are all in my heart. What a wonderful life Mrs. Sentell had!
Cyndy Clement-Gay
January 7, 2013
We are saddened to lose a member of our Oaks of Louisiana family and hope that the memories of love and laughter shared bring you peace. While there are no words to ease the loss you bear, we send our sincere thoughts and prayers to your family.
The Oaks of Louisiana Administration and Staff
January 6, 2013
I am not local, however I came to the Presbyterian Church as an adult. I love it and all it stands for. I am an ordained ruling elder and involved in my church. I did not know Mrs. Sentell, but I do know several ladies like her. They are beyond remarkable. The world, and the PCUSA, have lost a dear saint. They do not come like her anymore. Blessings and prayers to her family, and thanks for your years of service to the kingdom and PCUSA.
whit sloane
January 6, 2013
We went to Sallie and Jim's wedding and spent many good times with them. Sallie was always a lady in every way. My condolences to the family.
Pat Burchett
January 6, 2013
A beautiful memorial for a magnificant woman who lived life well and to the full! My sympathy and prayers are with the family--I know her memory will always live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.
Mary Lou Mills
January 6, 2013
Our heart felt sympathy goes out to the Sentell family in this time of deepest sorrow. May God give you peace.
Tommy & Sherrie McMurray
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