Nov. 7, 1932-Aug. 4, 2020
Eleanor Gill, the matriarch of the Gill family, died suddenly at home Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. She was 87. Eleanor was born Nov. 7, 1932 in Rambin to Philip and Ruby Chamberlin.
Eleanor is survived by her twin brother, John Marshall Chamberlin; sister, Rose Alicia Prudhomme, both of Rambin; and sister-in-law Patsy Chamberlin of Carmel. She leaves behind her children, Mary Ligon and husband Bill of Toledo Bend, Rita Lemoine and husband Curtis of Decatur, Texas, Richard Gill and wife Lynnel of Natchitoches, Francis Gill of Campti and Therese Fonrouge and husband Richard of Hollywood, Fla.; 14 grandchildren: Philip and Alicia Fernbaugh and John Charles Lee; Katherine Lemoine; Erin Carnline, Susan McCart and Lydia Nauck; Lenée, Mary Frances and William Gill; Allison, Anne Marie and Gabrielle Fonrouge and Michael Gill; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She is pre-deceased by her husband, Lawrence Max, and her sons, Philip Lawrence, William Roger and Lawrence McCorkle.
Eleanor graduated from Pelican High School in 1950 and went on to marry Lawrence Max the following November.
She worked for the family business, Campti-Pleasant Hill Telephone Company, as an office manager and served on the board of directors. While juggling the demands of a large family and her phone company duties, she was elected councilwoman for the Town of Campti in the mid-1970s and went on to serve as Campti’s mayor, the first female mayor in Natchitoches Parish.
Later in life, Eleanor left politics to pursue a career in nursing and eventually, a quiet life centered around family, her yard and pets.
She was known for her impeccable gardening abilities, her home cooked meals and an ever-revolving brood of pets that adored her. She loved her family dearly and was always nurturing – taking in strays of all kind, pets and people alike.
A trailblazer in her own right, Eleanor lived a full and exciting life. She was an accomplished seamstress, loved to read, complete the crossword puzzle and dance. She was plainspoken and brave. Most of all, she was loved and will be sorely missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Campti with the Rev. Gus “Dutch” Voltz III serving as celebrant. Burial will follow at Nativity Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Blanchard- St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches. The family will receive friends Aug. 7 from 5-6:30 p.m. with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 p.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 119 Tally St., Campti.