Mary Ausama

Published 4:02 pm Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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Mary C. Ausama, a resident of Franklinton, and a former resident of New Orleans, departed her earthly life on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.

Mary was a member of Hartzel U.M.C., pastored by Rev. Clark. After returning to her hometown, she joined Winan U.M.C., where she remained until her death under the leadership of Pastor Anise Moses.

After graduating from Washington Training School, she received her bachelor’s degree in education from Southern University Baton Rouge. After graduating from college, she moved to Slidell, where she taught briefly, and later moved to New Orleans. There, she taught third and fourth grade at Bienvenue Elementary. Mary taught for 32 years in the Orleans Parish school system before retiring.

Mary was a lady of class and dignity and helped all she loved. She was greatly loved by nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mary leaves to cherish her memory: her aunt, Rosie Brown; nieces, Olivia (Ann) Cuffee, Lynette Chappell-Williams and Romelda Moore; nephews, Mark Magee, Clifford Wayne Lewis, Roy Lewis Jr., Major L. Chappell Jr. and Kevin Chappell; a great-niece, whom was also her godchild and caregiver, Jessica L. Burkhalter; as well as a host of great nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leander and Jessie Bell Chappell; set of twins; a brother, Lt. Col. Major Lee Chappell Sr.; sisters, Gladys C. Magee, Luberta Partman and Hilda Lewis; two nephews, Keith Magee Sr. and Woody P. Magee Jr.; a great-nephew, Quintin L. Magee; and a special friend, Clayton “Willie” Crawford.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. until noon, followed by the Funeral Service at noon at Winan United Methodist Church, located at 622 18th Ave. in Franklinton, with the Rev. Anise Moses, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Winan Church Cemetery.

Crain and Sons Funeral Home of Franklinton is in charge of arrangements.