July 4, 1924-July 9, 2019
A service to celebrate the life of Nelia Claudine Townsend Hart will be Friday, July 12 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Rose Neath Funeral Home, Coushatta, with Elder Ron Brown officiating, assisted by Father Joe Martina, Pastor St. Pius X Catholic Church. Visitation will be from noon until 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Springville Cemetery in Coushatta.
Claudine, 95, and a resident of Shreveport, slipped peacefully into her heavenly home Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at The Oaks of LA, her home for the last three years. She was born July 4, 1924, in Gahagan to Claude Hobson Townsend and Nelia Beaird Townsend of Red River Parish.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of almost 50 years, Edward Joseph Hart; three brothers and wives, Louis Claude Townsend (Vera); Alton Lloyd Townsend (Dorothy, Dollye); and Lary Davis Townsend (Happy); a nephew and his wife, Alton Lloyd Townsend Jr. (Karen); and a nephew by marriage, John Durham.
She attended Grand Bayou School, Coushatta High School and graduated from Natchitoches High School as well as Norton’s Business College in Shreveport. She worked for Dr. Jackie Huckabay in Coushatta, Southern Acid & Sulfur Co., and Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City where she met her husband in May 1945. They married Sept. 17, 1945. While living in Castleton and Castleton Corners, Vt., she sewed gloves in a factory. She learned to snow ski, ice skate and ice fish. After relocating to Louisiana in 1947, she was part owner in Townsend & Hart Grocery and Market on Front Street of Coushatta. After moving to Shreveport, she began work in the credit department of Sears, Roebuck & Co. She was honored as the “Credit Woman of The Year” twice on the State Level as part of the Credit International organization during her 32 and one-half years at Sears. She retired in 1980. She was a member of the Sears Retired Club and active in the Ladies Guild of St. Pius Catholic church. Later, “Resident of the Month” at The Glen.
She enjoyed feeding and watching birds and working in her yard, growing gorgeous potted plants, azaleas and camellias. She worked with stained glass, traveled extensively and caravanned with friends in their motorhome. They owned a lake house called “Hart’s Desire” where she loved to socialize with lake friends, entertain family, take boat rides, slalom water ski, set out yo-yos or fish with a cane pole or a fly rod. She had her own fishing boat. She kept an immaculate house and sewed. In later years, she excelled at beanbag baseball, feeding fish, bingo and coffee with friends and family. She enjoyed getting cards or phone calls. She had a soft spot for dogs and cats, and loved watermelon and chocolate chip cookies with pecans!
Claudine is survived by three nieces, Vianne Durham of Forest, Miss., Catherine L’Herisson (Charles) of Garland, Texas, and Leta Brown (Ron) of Natchitoches; two nephews, Louis Townsend Jr. (Sherry) of Shreveport and Dave Townsend of Hammond; numerous grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, great-grandnephews, great-great grandnieces, great-great grandnephews and a host of cousins.
Those honored to serve as pall bearers are Mack Atteberry, John Juneau, Chris LeFebvre, William “Trey” Owen III, Chris Townsend and Louis “Buddy” Townsend Jr.
Honorary pallbearer is Dave Townsend.
Thanks to the staff of the East Wing of the Health Center at The Oaks. The Family also wishes to thank former neighbors, Bob and Rosemary Kennedy for their devotion and care through the years and a special friend while at The Oaks, Welna Givens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Claudine was very independent, a good cook and was a devoted daughter, wife, sister, a special cousin and favorite aunt. She left a legacy of unconditional love and fun-filled, happy memories to cherish. She touched many lives and truly will be missed!