Loudelle Womack Parker passed away on August 16, 2021 at age 101 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Born Carrie Loudelle Womack in Marshall, Texas, to Clifford Womack and Minnie Missouri Ratcliff Womack on June 5, 1920, she was an only child and adored by her parents. Her childhood hero was her dad, and she was surrounded by a large family of aunts and uncles as she grew up on Willow Street in Marshall. One of her favorites was Anna Luella Ratcliff, aka Aunt Lula. Lula and her husband, Phil Hennigan, were so much fun to be around during her childhood years. Loudelle met the love of her life, the handsome Neil Webster Parker, and married him in 1935. The family remembers their relationship as the great love story. She and Neil never quarreled. Except for a 3 or 4 year stint in El Paso in the early 1950s and a short time in Texarkana, Loudelle and Neil lived most of their lives in the Marshall and Shreveport area. She lived the last 50 or so years in Southern Hills in Shreveport, and she thought she was out in the sticks when she moved there in the 60s.
Neil and Loudelle had two children, Patrick Neilan, who they thought would be a daughter name Patricia, and Lujean Minnette, born 10 years after Pat. Pat was the first grandchild on the Womack and Parker sides of the family, who quickly became everyone’s favorite “Patty Boy”. When asked why they waited 10 years between children, Loudelle said “because there was World War II in between, and Neil served in the Navy in the South Pacific.” She was a wonderful mom to both of her children, and “another mother” to many of her children’s friends. Her children never called her mom, but always called her “Honey,” which probably started when Pat was a toddler and heard Neil calling her “Honey.”
Loudelle was an artist extraordinaire, and created beautiful ceramics for many years, winning awards for her work, even running a ceramic shop with her mother for a number of years. She was a wonderful seamstress and loved to toll paint on glass, ceramics, wood, and fabrics. Everything she did had an artistic flair.
She worked for Logan & Whaley in Marshall for years, and she worked at Barksdale Air Force Base in Civil Service until she retired. Loudelle loved to go places, see new things, and she was often teased that her middle name was “go.” Loudelle traveled to Alaska many times to visit and sightsee. She joked one time that she, Neil, and Katherine & Mike Staples were some of the only ones who would stand in line for the outhouse in a snow storm during the summer in Alaska. She enjoyed her trip to Hawaii when she was in her early 90s, even if she went in a wheelchair as she was recovering from a broken hip. She liked to fish, passed down to her from her mother’s love of fishing. She also loved to play bingo and play the slots in Vegas before Shreveport had gambling. Until her eyesight was affected in her early 90s, she was driving up and down the freeways safely in Shreveport, and she read the newspaper and worked the crossword puzzle every day for years. Even into her late 90s, she kept her great sense of humor and always had funny comebacks to people joking with her.
Loudelle was the consummate polite and gracious Southern lady, loved to visit with others and have people visit her home, where she always served delicious food. Up until the last few years, she and the remaining members of her Marshall High School graduating class got together frequently to have lunch and play a game of dominoes or cards.
Loudelle loved her family, though it was small. Her greatest joy was to be with family, and, most of the time, she won at almost any game of cards. She loved to host gatherings of friends and family, where everyone felt right at home where she lived.
Loudelle, “Honey”, to most of us, will be missed by her surviving relatives, daughter, Lujean Parker Fedotov (Vitali) of Anchorage, AK; daughter-in-law, Sally Boyette Parker of Plano, Texas; granddaughter, Leslie Parker Tullis (Chris) of Plano, Texas; granddaughter, Karen Parker Clark (Howard) of Phoenix, AZ; granddaughter, Toni Diamond Rader (Curt) of Reno, NV; great-granddaughter, Abigail Autrey Clements (Tom) of Cohasset, MA; great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Rader Dold (Jared) of Reno, NV; great-great-granddaughter, Eleanor Loudelle Clements of Cohasset, MA; great-great-grandson, Thomas Ryan Clements of Cohasset, MA, great-great granddaughter, Brielle Diamond Dold of Reno, NV; and numerous nieces and nephews. She leaves behind her friends, Alline Jones, Gigi Riley, Eileene Bogdan, and many other loving friends and neighbors.
Preceding her in death were parents, Clifford and Minnie Womack; husband, Neil W. Parker; and son, Patrick Parker.
A time of visitation with her family will begin at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the Chapel of Sullivan Funeral Home, 100 East Travis St. Marshall, TX until service time at 10 a.m. The services will be officiated by Bishop Nathan Barrow. Flowers are permitted or memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be left at Sullivan Funeral Home or online at Sullivan-funeralhome.com.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Loudelle Womack Parker, please visit our floral store.