Ruth Loe Onellion

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Ruth Loe Onellion, 80, of Jena, and formerly of Alexandria, passed from this life on Friday, June 20, 2014, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena. Mrs. Onellion was born March 3, 1934 in Bienville. She was a member of
Horseshoe United Methodist Church in Alexandria. An educator recognized for her excellence and dedication to teaching, she taught in LaSalle, Grant, Winn, and retired in Rapides Parish. She was a member of The
Delta Kappa Gamma Society and was recognized by the State Department of Education for her contribution made toward the teaching of writing in schools. She was named Teacher of the Year in Rapides Parish in 1990. In her own words, “We are here for the purpose of helping each child to achieve his potential.” This attitude toward her profession made her lifelong friends with many of her students. Ruth was also active in the community, being named to Personalities of the South honoring America’s leaders. She served as the first President of the Hardtner Medical Center Auxiliary. She was instrumental in starting the La- Salle Parish Women’s Republican 
Club and served as its first President. Of all her accomplishments in life, she was proudest of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. A tribute to a loving mother and grandmother that will be missed. Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, June 23, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with the Revs. Tracey MacKenzie and Aaron Carpenter officiating. Interment followed in the Urania Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla/Columbia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mills Onellion, Sr., her first husband and father of her children, Claude Terral; her father, Bert Loe; her mother, Gayle Martin Loe; granddaughter, Lauren Hemphill; brother, Billy Bert Loe; and sister, Bettye Cornwell. Survivors include her son, Mel Terral and wife Marilyn of Tulsa, OK; daughter, Kitty McDougald and husband Patrick of Urania; mother, Eva McArthur Morris. Brother, Bobby Loe of the U.S.V.I; sister, Patricia Baldwin of Ft. Worth, TX; brother-in-law, Paul Cornwell; grandchildren, Stephanie Peavy and husband Skipper, Nicole Bedrosian and husband Ryan, and Trey Terral;
and great grandchildren, Madison Peavy, Abby Peavy, Olivia Bedrosian and Audrey Bedrosian. Pallbearers were Tony Cornwell, Skipper Peavy, Ryan Bedrosian, Ricky Harris, Kevin Salter, and Shelby Loe, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Cornwell and Shelby Loe, Sr. Memorials may be made in Ruth’s memory to Horseshoe United Methodist Church, 1000 Horseshoe Drive, Alexandria, LA 71301.  
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