Mary Nell Dunnavant
September 24, 1927  -  September 13, 2017

Mary Nell Dunnavant

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Sibille Funeral Home
2309 George Drive
Opelousas, LA  70570
Saturday, September 23, 2017
8:00 a.m. until time of service
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Sibille Funeral Home Chapel
2309 George Drive
Opelousas, LA  70570
Saturday, September 23, 2017
1:00 p.m.
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Bellevue Memorial ParkH
4833 Highway 182
Opelousas, LA  70570
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Opelousas- A funeral service for, Mary Nell Dunnavant, age 89, will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Sibille Funeral Home Chapel in Opelousas. Pastor Dr. Jack Hetzel will conduct the service. Burial will follow in Bellevue Memorial Park Cemetery.

Nell passed peacefully from this world into the next on Wednesday, September 13th. She was surrounded by family and prayers.

Nell was one of a kind - a thoughtful, joyful, Jesus loving woman who always thought of others before herself. Over the years she enjoyed many things - baking, crocheting, and traveling to name a few - but none of these could compare to the time spent with her family and the deep love she held for them. Nell never missed a chance to visit her children and grandkids even in her later years when driving became a little more difficult and each family member became a little more spread out. Oh the pride she took in watching her little tribe flourish & grow! But don’t let that fool you, Nell did make some time for herself too. If you knew her, then you knew just how much she enjoyed shopping & getting all dolled up. And you also know her pantsuits were always on point!

Nell had a special gift when it came to people - she made all of her friends feel like family and all of her family feel like favorites. She will be deeply missed by each of us who loved her so.

She is survived by her son, Billy Ray Dunnavant and wife, Gail of Magnolia, TX; daughter, Debbie Pry and husband, Craig of Blytheville, AR; sister, Peggy LaForce of Big Sandy, TX; grandchildren, Melissa Moore and husband, Bill of Spring, TX, Dawn Flores and husband, Justin of Big Sandy, TX, Ashley Walker and husband, Wes of Washington, LA, Tyler Briscoe and wife, Amanda of Opelousas, LA and Camryn Pry of Blytheville, Arkansas. She is also survived by 11 great- grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, William Dunnavant; daughter, Mary Ann Duhon; parents, Clyde and Fannie Roberts; grandson, Jared Duhon; brother, Jinx Roberts; and sisters, Adaline Howard and Willie Davis.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with a memorial service to follow.

Pallbearers will be Craig Pry, Bill Moore, Wes Walker, Larry LaForce, Rex Rozell and Tyler Briscoe. Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas Davis and Steve LaForce.

Words of comfort to the family may be expressed at Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas.


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  1. sherah smith
    gilmer, TX

  2. Rita Nell Howard Moon
    Tyler,Texas, LA

    Sorry for your loss praying for all of the family God bless you all and may Nell RIP

  3. Emily Roberts

    So sorry for the passing of Aunt Nell. She will be missed by all. I remember her fixing Dirty Rice for Jim. He always loved that. She is In the presence of the Lord.

  4. Vicky Smith Himel
    Big Sandy, TX

    My sincerest condolences in the loss of your dear sweet Nell, she was such a joy to be around. She brought such joy to those who were blessed to be around her and her smile will be missed.

  5. Susan Howard Strange
    Brookeland, TX

    I recall Nell being vivacious and fun loving like her sisters. We always looked forward to family get togethers. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Amber Pritchard
    hawkins, TX

    I'm going to miss going to the beauty shop with her and Mawmaw. She was a fun ole gal to be with. Much love and prayers!❤

  7. Tommy & Cathy Hebert, Amy & Karl Domas and Kimberly Hebert

    Nell, you were such a sweet and loving Lady! We are going to miss your smiling face. To all the family you have our deepest sympathy and our prayers. She is going to a more beautiful place where she will be with Bill, Mary Ann and Jared. Our love and prayers go out to all of you!

  8. Linda Smith

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. There are no words of comfort that are good enough. It is a hard time for your family and I pray for the peace of the Lord for you all.

  9. Linda Smith

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mom, although she is not "lost", you know where she is, in Heaven with God and all those she loves. If I had words of comfort, I would say them, just know I still love you and promise to visit soon.

  10. stacy hyles
    big sandy, TX

    Nell You Will be Missed By Us Stacy Hyles And Billy Walker The Most I Was Ur Running Buddy I Miss That. We Love U. I Will Miss The Card And Domino Games That We Played Every Night We Love And Miss U

  11. Emma Gay Bertrand
    Melville, LA

    I remember Ms Mary Nell from being a sweet customer at Palace Caf for many years. So sorry for family's loss . God Bless all of you

  12. Myra Haire
    Hawkins, TX

    So sorry for the loss of this precious person. She was loved by our family and was with us several holiday dinners. She will be missed.

  13. Cindy Chaney
    Opelousas, LA

    Debbie, so sorry for your loss

  14. Mary Knight
    Dell, AR

    Debbie, I never met your mother, but I loved hearing about her escapades. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Much love to you all.

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