Feb. 15, 2022

On Feb.15, 2022, after visiting with her beloved family, Mary Louise Bobbitt Brasher, 91, formerly of Natchez, Miss., made her final departure from her current residence, Natchitoches Community Care Center. Born to J.C. Bobbitt Sr. and Lillie Louise Desadier Bobbitt Sept. 8, 1930, in Woodsboro, Texas, Mary was the firstborn of two siblings; her brother, J.C. (Poddie), completed the family two years later.
After the family moved to Natchitoches, Mary graduated from Natchitoches High School, & wed the love of her life, Jack Roy Brasher, with whom she had four wonderful children during their 72 year marriage.
Although her cherished, unique and interesting experiences could fill a best-seller novel, Mary was a private person who would never brag. When asked, however, she would gladly share her mesmerizing memories with her audiences. Two of her most treasured were her lifelong friendship with famed folk artist Clementine Hunter and her caretaking of the wife of renowned actor John Wayne while he was in Natchitoches filming “The Horse Soldiers.”
Additionally, Mary’s fondness for history, poetry/literature and antiques revealed a talent for instant and accurate appraisals of objects. She was known as the “guru” of antiquing and junking—which was said to put “Antiques Roadshow” to shame!
However remarkable and time-consuming her multitudinous experiences were, Mary’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were first and foremost in her life. Left to honor her marvelous memory are those same infinitely-loved ones, first-born daughter, Lydia Ann Brasher and spouse Paul H. Keyser Jr. of Natchitoches; second daughter, Mar Lou (shortened from “Mary Louise” by Mom) Brasher of Shreveport and her soul-BFF Randall (Randy) Harris of Plain Dealing; third-born and only son, Cole Brasher and wife Helen of Houston; youngest daughter, Holly Brasher Sandifer of Natchez, Miss.; grandchildren, Paul H. Keyser III (Trey) and wife Jackie, Aaron Kyle and Brandon Cole Sandifer, and Jack Wesley and Mary Ann Brasher; great-grandchildren, AvaGrace, Paul Westin and Karley Ann Keyser; nieces, Sandra Bobbitt Knots and Terri Bobbitt Kolodzie; and lifelong best friends, Frances Hampton Davis of Shreveport and Sara Methvin of Natchitoches
Though words cannot express adequately the profound loss this beautiful (was often compared to actress Elizabeth Taylor in her earlier years), true Southern lady is to her loved ones, Mary Louise will be forever well-remembered and forever in our hearts. She would tell us not to mourn for her, but to remember the good times—as her favorite poem “Remember” by Christina Rossetti dictates:
“And afterwards remember,
do not grieve:
For if the darkness &
corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts
that once I had,
Better by far you should
forget & smile
Than that you should
remember & be sad.”
Per her wishes, a private family interment will be at her parents’ cemetery plots at Memory Lawn, Natchitoches.
The family greatly appreciates the care, support and kindness of the Natchitoches Community Care Center staff, who became Mary’s second family. Also, immense gratitude to Dr. Osoka, Dr. Botnik and NRMC staff/services; both Dr. Bryan Picou Sr. and Dr. Bryan Picou Jr.; and Hospice of Natchitoches.