“Well done, thy good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21
Marie Loupearl Smith, 83, completed her earthly journey on Wednesday, June 3, 2017. She was born October 14, 1933 and was raised in Oakdale, Louisiana where she graduated as Valedictorian of her 1952 class. Being a very accomplished pianist, she pursued a degree in Music at Northwestern University.
Loupearl was a loving, dedicated mother who made sure her children attended church every Sunday and were active in church activities. She served as a faithful member, church pianist, and organist for 60 years in the Baptist Church and later Bible Church in Kinder. Her practicality and savvy business sense served her well as Owner and operator of Kinder Jewelry and Gifts for 25 years. Loupearl was also a talented seamstress and loved to crochet. After retiring, she pursued her love of travel and was fortunate enough to have her daughter, Doris, as a traveling companion.
Her grandchildren and great grandchildren called her Maw Maw Lou until her two-year-old great grandson lovingly referred to her as “LuLu”. Loupearl will be remembered most for her love and kindness to her family. She never had an unkind word to say about anyone.
Those left to cherish Loupearl’s memory include her five children, Carolyn Manuel and husband, Lane, of Kinder, Doris Rutherford and husband, Wendell, of Sulphur, Kathy Alonso and husband, Eduardo, of Miami, FL, James Smith and wife, Charlene, of Sulphur, and Yvonne Prouse and husband, Randy, of Garland, TX; her three sisters, Patsy Longmire of Crosby, MS, Jenny Wright of Woodworth, and Linda Welch of St. Francisville; one brother, Ronnie Welch of Centerville, MS; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
Loupearl was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Fred Smith; her brother, Glen Welch; and her parents, Carvin and Helen Welch.
Services to celebrate Loupearl’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Kinder Bible Church. Rev. Don Barrett will officiate. The family will receive visitors at Kinder Bible Church beginning Tuesday evening from 4-9 p.m. and will resume at the church at 9 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service. Burial will follow in Carter Cemetery under the direction of Ardoin Funeral Home of Kinder.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Ejiro Ughovwa, Brianna Horton, NP, as well as the staffs of Kinder Retirement & Rehabilitation Center and Allen Parish Hospital for the excellent care given to Loupearl.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Loupearl’s memory to Kinder Bible Church or Camp Pearl.
Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.ardoinfuneralhome.com, www.allenparishfuneralhome.com, or on our Facebook page, Ardoin/Allen Parish Funeral Homes.