Thelma Procell

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Thelma Marie Manshack Procell of Winnfield went to the arms of the Father on June 1, 2016. She succumbed to a short illness after suffering a major stroke in 2011. She was surrounded by family when she was reunited with her late husband of 62 years, David Paul Procell and parents, Amos and Elsie Ebarb Manshack. Ms. Marie was born in Ebarb November 9, 1931. She met the love of her life and life partner marrying David Procell on January 23, 1947. Ms. Marie and Mr. Dave, members of the great-generation, gave life to seven children. She was known for being a wonderful cook, generous giver, and an incredible “green thumb.” A plant dare not grow straight, strong, and give off plentiful fruit and blossoms. Like her children and their friends this was a mom who meant business or else. She was a Girl Scout troop leader, catechism instructor, member of the Ladies Altar Society taking pride in making and mending altar cloths and an Elder of the Choctaw Apache Tribe of Ebarb. Ms. Marie taught her children to clean, cook, sew, social graces, and how to do the twist dance and hoola-hoop. She didn’t bear fools gladly, did not gossip, but would pass along a good story ending with “bless their heart.” She loved fishing at their camp on Black Bayou, but her greatest joy was her children and sharing weekends and holidays with them. Her table was laden with hams, roasts, seafood, homegrown vegetables, tamales, meat pies, pies, cakes, and biscuits light enough to float from the plate. Ms. Marie was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, David Procell; son, Michael Paul Procell; grandsons, David Edward Procell, Jr. and Shelby Wayne Bonnette Jr., and grandson-in-law, Steve Straughan. She lost her mother, Elsie Ebarb Manshack in 1940 and her father, Amos Manshack; sisters, Doris Cherry, Roberta Cherry and brother, Tommy Manshack. She is survived by children, Mary Lee Carol Gregorek (Dr. Gerald), Barbara Bonnette (Shelby), David Procell (Tammy), Sharon Gordon (Dennis), Janice Dunbar (Michael), Frank Procell, and daughter-in-law, Debbie Carpenter Procell (Michael Procell, deceased), and sister Helen Rivers Miller; grandchildren, Leighanna Gregorek DeRouen (Jake), Stephanie Bonnette, Christina Bolton (Greg), Rocky Procell (Lindsey), Dustin Procell (Lauren), Gabrielle Procell Nooner (Sean), Kelley Martin (Brenda), Catherine Straughan, Paul Hunt (Felicia), Daniel Gordon (Jenna), Patrick Gordon, Lori Vines Lofton (Scott), Braxton Procell (Katie), Brandon Procell (Rachel), Layton Procell (Samantha), Devon Knotts (Karl), Clint Procell (Allyson Coleman), Simona Procell, Callie Heisler, and Maggie VandeWiele (Josh); great-grandchildren, Cabel Stockwell (Stephanie), Christian Bonnette (Wayne), Remy and Sam Nooner (Gabrielle), Payton and Presley Procell (Rocky), Camille and Harper Procell (Dustin), Hunter and Misty Martin (Kelley), Andrew, Meredith, and Eli Straughan (Catherine), Kaine and Breanna Hunt (Paul), Jack and Emily Gordon (Daniel), Marlie Heisler (Callie), Clark VandeWiele (Maggie), Ruthie Kay and Elijah and Elam (Layton), LexieRae (Braxton), Levi and Jackson (Devon), Alex and Sidney (Clint), Evan  Lofton, Ashley Lofton Smith and great great-grandson Brayden. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were David Procell, Frank Procell, Rocky Procell, Dustin Procell, Kelley Martin, Paul Hunt, Kaine Hunt, Andrew Straughan, Braxton Procell, Brandon Procell, Layton Procell, Clint Procell, Shelby Bonnette, Christian Bonnette, Cabel Stockwell, Dr. Gerald Gregorek, Dennis Gordon, Michael Dunbar, Greg Bolton, Sean Nooner, Scott Lofton, and Karl Knotts The funeral mass was held at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches at on June 4. Officiating the mass was Father Ryan Humphrey and the pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Winnfield, Father Christian Ogbonna. Interment was at the Garden of Memories in Winnfield. The family especially thanks the staff and doctors of Winn Parish Medical Center especially Dr. Mark Shelton, Dr. Eric DuPree, and Dr. Ricky Hendrix. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Ann’s Catholic Church, at 5272 LA Hwy 482, Zwolle, LA 71486. St. Ann’s was Mom’s family parish. St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Ebarb was built on land donated for that purpose by Mrs. Mary S. Ebarb, Ms. Marie’s grandmother. The church was built in 1933. Mom, you were our pride, your smile, the warmth of your voice, and your positive attitude carried us to places we could only dream of as children. Job well done, Mom. You can have that well deserved rest now. You are always with us.

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