Lourenda Stewart

Published 2:31 pm Friday, October 2, 2020

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Lourenda Cooper Stewart, 66, passed away peacefully at her home on Sept. 29, 2020.

Lourenda is survived by her husband, Gary Stewart; children, Dale (Kristie) Stewart and Tiffany (Dustin) Barber; and her most precious gifts from God, her grandchildren, Cody and Cassidy Stewart, Jacob and Jackson Barber, Kayleigh and Parker Wheat. She is also survived by her brother, Edgar (Niki) Cooper, who held an incredibly special place in her heart. She leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and her most loyal companion, her dog Angel.

Lourenda was predeceased by her parents, Arnold Cooper Sr. and Mary Cooper; brothers, Arnold Cooper Jr. and Kenneth Cooper; and a sister, Cindy Cooper.

Lourenda was born on Sept. 24, 1954, in Bogalusa. She was a wonderful wife and mother, but she was the absolute best Memaw and MiMi. Her grandchildren are what kept her world spinning, and if you were lucky enough to be friends with her beloved grandchildren, you got to enjoy the same love, care, compassion and grilled cheeses that she gave her grandbabies. She had a way of making everyone she met feel special. She was the oldest of five children, and she took much pride in making sure everyone was taken care of. She loved to laugh, dance and talk, but most of all, she simply loved to love. Nobody entered or exited her home without a hug. You were also guaranteed to leave with a full belly!

Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. with a service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home. The Rev. Pete Underwood will officiate the service and interment will follow at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Cody Stewart, Spencer Cooper, Gavin Cooper, Parker Wheat, Cole Edwards and Brian Hines. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Barber, Jackson Barber, Joey Andrade, Larry Quinn, Quincy White and Steve Reeves.

To view and sign the register book, visit online at www.pooleritchiefuneralhome.com.