Monday, May 15, 2017

The life and times of a woman of distinction.

Lena Chavez

Lena McMillan Abbott Chavez was born on May 3, 1924, in Rattan, Louisiana, to Gertrude Curtis and Andrew Rancher McMillan. She drew her last breath in the room of the house that she loved on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. Viewing is planned for Tuesday evening, May 16, First Baptist of Hornbeck, Louisiana, from 6 to 9 p.m. The service will be Wednesday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist. Internment will follow in the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Her last days were spent surrounded by a loving and grateful gathering of family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, husband, Cecil Abbott; her siblings, infant Seawillow, Asa, twins Jack and Jean, Helen, and Curtis. Her children, Jimmy Don, Kayla, Donald, and Miriam. She leaves to treasure her memory her devoted husband Jose Chavez, and her brother Waymon. Her children, daughters Francis and JoAnn, son Al and wife Marilyn, son Victor and wife Maria, son-in-law Tommy, son Richard and wife Stephanie. God granted her 93 years and her faithfulness to Him has been passed on to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. That count is at least 89 in number and over 100 when spouses are included. In addition to these, there is a huge number of cousins, nieces, nephews, and others connected to the family. That is a legacy. Grandsons will be honored to serve as pallbearers. As for her and dad Jose, their love story was known far and wide. We as her family have been blessed by their loving commitment to one another for these nearly 40 years. The great news is how that we are not saying goodbye, just this: See you soon, just over in the Gloryland.
In lieu of flowers please consider a gift in her name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. A special link has been established:
 (Arrangements under the direction of Labby Funeral Home, Leesville, La.)

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