Natchitoches & Area Obituaries

DeEtte Wilkinson Tomka

( February 16, 1944 - January 24, 2018 )

A memorial service to honor the life of DeEtte Wilkinson Tomka will be held at 11am Saturday, February 24, 2018. At Trinity Episcopal Church located at 533 Second St. Natchitoches, La. 71457. Interment will be at the Trinity Bell Tower Columbarium. A reception following the services will be held in the Parish Hall.

Margie Kelley Dobson

( May 22, 1933 - February 16, 2018 )

A service to honor the life of Mrs. Margie Kelley Dobson will be at 2 pm Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at Briarwood Baptist Church in Saline, LA with Bro. Dick DeBusk and Bro. Trey Etheridge officiating.  Interment will follow at the church cemetery under the direction of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches.  The family will receive friends from 9:30 am until 2 pm at Briarwood Baptist Church located at 1020 LA-9, Saline, LA 71070. Mrs. Dobson, 84 years of age and a resident of Chestnut, passed away February 16, 2018.  She was born on May 22, 1933 to Edwin C. Kelley and Lela Durbin Kelley in Winn Parish, LA.  She married Roland Dobson on July 15, 1950 and shared 62 years together until he passed away in 2013.  She enjoyed traveling with Roland and visiting new places together.  A long-time member of Briarwood Baptist Church, she enjoyed fellowship with her church family.  Her greatest treasure on earth was her family.  The happiest times were when her family could gather and enjoy a meal she prepared for them.  She also enjoyed working in her flower beds and even in her later years, would tirelessly work to produce the most beautiful flowers to be seen.  Spending time outside enjoying her garden as well as tending to her birdhouses, she received so much peace from nature.  She will be dearly missed but always remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend. She is survived by her son, Ron Dobson and his wife Betty of Chestnut; grandchildren, Hope Kerby (Melvin), Cory Dobson (Amber), and Jon Dobson (Laurie); great grandchildren, Isabella Kirby, Natalie Kirby, Payton Dobson, Sophie Dobson, Conner Collins, Taylor Dobson, and Kaylee Dobson; nieces, Jan Baldwin (Bill), Gail Varner (Bobby), Martha Griffith (Jim), Cynthia Dobson, Mary Alice McBride (James), Judy Thomason (Randy), Janet Wyatt and (Daniel), Rita Ferrier (Donald), Dana Page, Susan Harris and Rhonda Pulis (Kenneth); nephews, Rickey Kelley and Tim Page (Charlotte); as well as numerous great nieces and great nephews; sisters-in-law, Maxine Kelley, Sue Kelley and Vennie Dobson. She was preceded in death by her husband Roland Dobson; parents, Edwin and Lela Kelley; siblings, Aline Kelley Martin (Kermit), Edwin C. Kelly, Jr., J.M. Kelley (Marie), Opal Kelley Page (Dan), and M.J. Kelley; nephews, Johnny Martin, Jimmy Ray Martin, Vaughn Kelley and Michael Jeffery Kelley. Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Cory Dobson, Jon Dobson, Melvin Kerby, Taylor Dobson, Payton Dobson, and Conner Collins.  Honorary pallbearers will be Rickey Kelley, Tim Page, Ronald Smith, Louie Bernard, and Bill Baldwin.

Eugene Ainsworth

( February 26, 1938 - February 16, 2018 )

Funeral services for William Eugene Ainsworth will be held at 11:30 am Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches, LA with Bro. Ron Perry officiating.  Interment will follow at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches.  The family will receive friends from 9:30 am until service time on the 20th at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. William Eugene Ainsworth, 79 years of age and a resident of Melrose, passed away on February 16, 2018.  He was born on February 26, 1938 in Natchitoches to the late Willie and Rubydean Hicks Ainsworth.  He proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years and worked at NSU in Natchitoches for many years until his retirement in 1993. Eugene was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt.  He enjoyed rising early, spending time hunting with his sons.  He also dearly loved to fish, and living on Cane River allowed him to fish often.  Eugene enjoyed traveling, especially going to the mountains in Colorado and also Alaska.  His greatest passion was manicuring his lawn; there was hardly a day that went by that he was not on his lawn mower. He is survived by his wife, Janiece Roge Ainsworth; sons, William “Bill” Rathburn, Jr. and wife Jane, John Rathburn and wife Dianne; sister, Betty Lou Gilcrease; grandchildren, Stacy Brimer, Lindsey French, Thomas Freeman, Flynt Nelson, and Jennifer Waters; ten great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Rubydean Hicks Ainsworth, sisters, Jo Ann Scales and Janet Ainsworth; and one great grandchild. Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Jeremy Brimer, Thomas Freeman, Mickey Gilcrease, Dano Gilcrease, Ambrose Airhart, Stacy Roge', and David Scales.


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