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Danyelle LaRuth Martin

Friday, October 15, 2021
Danyelle LaRuth Martin

Danyelle LaRuth Martin (Williams) was born into her earthly body on August 28, 1980, by union of her mom, Mary Loretta Conley-Martin and her dad, Darell Donlevy Martin.

The youngest of two born to this union, “Danii” (or Danni, as her family preferred to spell it) was an adventurous child to most things most folks were afraid of and a total “scaredy cat” to things folks considered everyday activities.

As a kid, she didn’t want to run because she was afraid she’d fall, but she was totally comfortable walking deep into the wooded areas in Grambling past snakes, bugs, and God knows what other kinds of animals in search of the sweetest wild-growing blackberries.

As Danii grew, she developed a passion for reading (just like her mother), trying new things (unlike her ridiculously rigid sister) and making life-long friends with those she stuck close to in grade school, those she taught and worked alongside throughout her years at Ruston Junior High School, and those thousands of forever sisters she gained when she joined her beloved sorority in college.

Although Danii will always be “the baby sister,” she never took too well of the bossy and sometimes horribly overbearing styles of her older sisters, but she was a source of comfort, smiles, and encouragement for the “runt” of the bunch, her baby brother.

The common denominator between her and her siblings was the love they shared for each other and the love they have for their families, both extended and immediate.

Danyelle is survived by an enormous amount of family and friends — no one is more important than the other. If you’re reading this, you have a duty to touch others the same way she did. Hug generously like she did, face your fears like she did, give second chances like she did, love like she does. We love you Danii.

A memorial service for Danyelle Martin Williams was held on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at the DeSoto Civic Center Amphitheater in DeSoto, Texas.

A memorial for her Lincoln Parish family and friends will be Friday, October 15, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling, which will also include her sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. conducting their Omega Omega services.