Joy Rodrigues

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Mrs. Joy M. Rodrigues née Ward, formerly Wester, a longtime resident of Many, died December 30, 2018. She was 72 years old.

Born in Lotus in 1946, she was preceded in death by her parents, Carlis and Eula B. Booty Ward; sisters, Inez Harwell and Shirley Ward; and her brother, John Ward.

She is survived by her loving husband, Ernest Rodrigues, Jr. of Many; sons, Colonel Sean Wester, USMC, and wife, Colonel (Retired) Loretta Vandenberg of Provencal, and Jason Wester and wife, Nina Salinas, of San Antonio, Texas; siblings James Ward and wife, Shirley Nell, of Kurthwood, Lee Allen Ward and wife, Christine, of Cloutierville, Rosa Lee DeMille and husband, John DeMille, of Provencal, Robert Ward and wife, Frances, of Big Sandy, Texas, Peggy Sue Lindsey of Provencal, and Michael Ward of Provencal; step-children, Sharon Lunbeck of Houston, Texas, Kayla and Larry Hataway of Many, Steven and Kim Rodrigues of Many, and Ramona Mason of Lucedale, Mississippi; and her beloved grandchildren who were the apples of her eye, Krystal, Kelsea, Kourtney, Kyla, Hayley, Jackson, Eli, Evan, and Acian Wester.

Mrs. Rodrigues retired from the Negreet Elementary School in 2015 where she was the pre-K teacher for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she taught fourth grade at Polk Elementary in Leesville. She loved children and teaching and continued to teach Sunday school at Alford Heights Baptist Church after retirement. Active in her church, she also participated in the Women on Mission and other programs. She loved to sing and was a member of the church choir. She was strong in her faith and a pillar of her church community. Outside of her church, she was an enthusiastic gardener, traveler and an expert jelly and jam maker. She was loved by her family, her students, and her friends and will be sorely missed.

The funeral service was held January 3 at Alford Heights Baptist Church in Many.

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