SHREVEPORT - Nell Womack Hedges passed away on January 9, 2013 in Shreveport. A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 14, 2013 at Rose-Neath Southside Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Tom Harrison, Assistant Minister of Broadmoor Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Forest Park West Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Nell was born on May 7, 1933 in Greensburg, LA in St. Helena Parish. Her parents were Hollis Wilson Womack and Alda Bamburg Womack. She attended school in Caddo and Webster Parishes, graduating from Minden High in 1951. Nell and her sister, Bobbie, were close in age and attended schools together from elementary school through college. She was a graduate of Louisiana Tech and taught in Caddo Parish high schools for 27 years, where she had a major impact on hundreds of students. She was not only a master of teaching the subject matter, but also responsibility, discipline, and pride in getting students to do their best. Nell had many talents, including being a wonderful cook. She also enjoyed spending time with friends and co-workers, sewing and reading. She also enjoyed tennis and listening and dancing to country music with her husband, Lee. Nell loved animals, especially cats, and had a soft spot for strays. She will be missed by her two sweet cats, Bitsy and Bootsy, who followed her around the house.
Nell was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Bobbie Toland; brother-in-law, Gene Hedges. She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, Lee; son, Russell W. Hedges, Robert Douglas Hedges and wife, Lisa; sister, Elizabeth Womack Franklin and husband, Claude; grandchildren, Austin Hedges, Jared Hedges and Katelyn Hedges; sister-in-law, Ruth H. Matyastic and husband, Ed; and nine nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Austin Hedges, Jared Hedges, Alden Reeves, A.L. Williams, Leo Sanford, and Tommy Powell.
The family wishes to thank Dr. B.L. Bickham and the doctors, nurses and staff at Willis-Knighton Pierrmont and Heritage Manor Stratmore, along with the many friends who gave their love and support to Nell during her illness.