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Jean Moreland Sikes

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Jean Moreland Sikes of Ruston, LA died Saturday, September 10, 2011 at North Louisiana Medical Center at the age or 84. Mrs. Sikes was born in Sweetwater, Texas on August 25, 1927 and moved with her family to Meridian, Mississippi where she grew up. She married her high school sweetheart, Jack Sikes in 1946, and in 1969 they moved their family to Louisiana. Mrs. Sikes worked many years as a legal secretary at the Walker & Holstead law firm as well as at Louisiana Tech. Later, she worked with Mr. Sikes to begin the Yellow Pine Lumber Co. in Monroe where they lived a number of years. She was always his greatest supporter. In her life, family came first and she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer where she joyfully sang in the choir and served faithfully with the women of the church. Her constant love and support, as well as her humor and enthusiasm for a life lived graciously will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mrs. Sikes was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Jack Faris Sikes, her parents, Mr. & Mrs. J.L. Moreland of Greenville, MS, her sisters, Almeda Doyle and Polly Aultman, also of Greenville, MS, and one grandson, Richard Jackson Smith. Surviving members of her immediate family are her two daughters, Sue Ellen Smith and husband Richard Smith of Sugar Land, TX and Polly Smith and husband Wayne Smith of Ruston, LA. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Cindy Reid Smith of Seabrook, TX, Diana Turner and husband Michael Turner of Sugar Land, TX, Cacey Hershey and husband Jason Hershey of Austin, Texas, Amy Burnett and husband Wade Burnett of Ruston, Jack Smith and wife Addie Smith of Ruston, Earl Smith and wife Amy Smith of Longwood, FL and Carmie Duncan and husband Ross Duncan of Denton, TX. She also left behind eight beloved great-grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be at 1:00 PM at Haskill Hall adjoining The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, September 17, 2011, 2:00 PM, at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Tech Drive, Ruston, Louisiana. Frather Jim Benbrook will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Jack Smith, Earl Smith, Ross Duncan, Michael Turner, Jason Hershey and Bob Price. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. To leave a memorial message for the family, please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com.

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