Dorothy Maricelli

Published 8:43 am Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dorothy Faye Yates Maricelli, 84, a resident of the Lee Road community, received her angel wings at 3:17 a.m. Monday June 27, 2016, at the Lakeview Regional Medical Center.

She was an ordained minister of the United Pentecostal Church International, who liked to focus her attention to the mission field and also mentoring young families and new Christians. Dorothy greatly believed in the power of prayer and she did just that on behalf of her family, church or those in need.

She and her husband were instrumental in the planting and building of a new church in Argentina and would often employ people around the house just for the opportunity to witness to them. She was affectionately known as “Ms. Dorothy” to the many people who often heard her on the local Swap Shop, and she also liked to sew and make crafts.

Dorothy enjoyed playing card games with her family and friends. According to her family, her life revolved around reading God’s Word, visiting and working alongside her church family and spending quality time with her children and grandchildren.

“Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word” (Psalm 119:65).

She is survived by: her loving husband of 62 years, the Rev. D.E. Maricelli of Lee Road; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Donna Maricelli, and James and Rhonda Maricelli, all of Lee Road; three daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Glyn Newman of Franklinton, Felicia and Phillip Nicholson of Lee Road, and Mary Phelps of Omaha, Neb.; 10 grandchildren and spouses; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Grace and C.D. Thornton of Lake Charles, and Lynda Croom of Pineville; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Wade Yates, and Jackie and Ruth Yates, all of McLeod, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Lois Yates of Dallas, Texas, and Bonnie Yates of Huffines, Texas; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wade Alton Yates and Charlie Mae Parker Yates; and brothers, Homer Yates and Charles Neal Yates.

Visitation was at The Pentecostals of Lee Road church, 17700 Lee Road, in Covington, on Wednesday, June 29, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and after 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 30.

A funeral service was held in the church at 3 p.m. Thursday with Rev. T.F. Tenney, Rev. Leon Hickman, Rev. Anthony Mangun, Rev. Kevin Cox, Rev. Paul Trentacoste and Rev. Doug Klinedinst officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were her grandsons Sean Phelps, Dylan Phelps, Kris Nicholson, Jeremy Newman, Jathan Maricelli and Shane Maricelli.

Honorary pallbearers were grandsons Blake Phelps, Kenneth Nicholson and Todd Newman.

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