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Minnie "Voe" Cummings Mann

November 18, 1938 - August 12, 2019

Funeral services for Minnie “Voe” Cummings Mann will be held at 3:00 PM, Thursday, August 15, 2019 in the chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home West Monroe. Rev. Purvis Rodriquez and Rev. C. Morgan McCallister will officiate. Interment will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery, West Monroe. Visitation will be held Wednesday…read more

Funeral services for Minnie “Voe” Cummings Mann will be held at 3:00 PM, Thursday, August 15, 2019 in the chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home West Monroe. Rev. Purvis Rodriquez and Rev. C. Morgan McCallister will officiate. Interment will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery, West Monroe. Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Kilpatrick Funeral Home West Monroe.

Minnie was born November 18, 1938 in Monroe, LA and passed away August 12, 2019 in West Monroe. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. Minnie was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey and Minnie Cummings; husband, James Elton Mann; son, James Rodney Mann; sisters, Doris Sutton and Frances Fuller.

Minnie is survived by her sons, Stuart Mann and wife Jamie, and Jim Mann; daughter, Carmen Cardin and husband Bruce; grandchildren, David Mann, Laney Mann, Kaylee Mann, Graham Mann, Ava Mann, Philip Cardin, Luke Cardin, Sarah Cardin, Hannah Mann, Tyler Mann, Patrick Ruckmich; great-grandchildren, Eris Cardin, Meriel Cardin, Hollis Cardin, Simeon Cardin, Calla Cardin; brother-in-law, Raymond Sutton; sister-in-law Louise Fuller; niece, Karen Fuller Martin; and best friend, Dorothy Hargrove.

Affectionately known as “Voe” to all who knew and loved her, our loving mother passed away peacefully on August 12, 2019, while surrounded by her the love and affection of her friends and  family.  After being diagnosed in early 2017 with stage iv cancer, she fought with the heart and soul of a true warrior and won this battle, which included a major surgery and eight months of intensive chemo therapy.  She was diagnosed with another serious health condition earlier this year (chrone’s disease), and her weakened body was unable to recover from this terrible condition .  Debilitating disease may have been what took her from her earthly bonds, but we know she is now resting in the hands of our Lord for eternity, free of pain and suffering.  While we are saddened and heartbroken by the void her passing will leave, we are grateful for the many years of health, happiness and prosperity she enjoyed.  She was a faithful servant of God, a wonderful wife, sister, daughter, grandmother, and the absolute best mother a child could want.  The Christian values and morals she instilled in her children and grandchildren are surely to live on through the generations of her family to come.  She will be greatly missed.

 

Voe was the youngest of three children born to the union of Dewey C. Cummings and Minnie Lenard Cummings.  Her lifelong bond with her sisters Doris and Francis was something very special.  “The sisters” were never away from one another for very long, and spent countless hours talking, shopping and dining. Her lifelong journey with the Lord began at a very young age, while attending Mt Vernon Baptist Church, where he father led the choir and her mother played the piano. The family moved closer to town in the mid-1940’s and found a church home at Trinity Baptist Church, where Voe remained a loyal, active and engaged member until her hospitalization in February 2019.

 

Voe was a graduate of the Class of 1957 at West Monroe High School, where she excelled in honors choir and the glee club.  Shortly after graduation, she obtained employment with the Monroe Police Department and spent several years working in an administrative capacity.  She later transferred to the city of Monroe Mayor’s office, where she worked many years as a budget analyst under Mayor Jack Howard.  She always spoke fondly of her time with the city and made many lifelong friends within the ranks of police, fire and city employees.

On November 17, 1966, Voe married James Elton Mann, her soulmate and love of her life.  She eventually left her job with the City of Monroe and devoted herself completely to raising four children and supporting her Elton, who worked shift work at Graphic Packaging.  Always working as an inseparable team, Voe and Elton provided everything that makes children and a family healthy and successful :love, support, compassion, faith and understanding.  They were the best parents a child could have, and her children are eternally grateful for way in which they conducted themselves as parents.

The passing of her Elton in January 2011 left a void in her life that she sought to fill through charitable works and true altruism.  She became a regular volunteer at the Louisiana Council on Aging, and often worked long hours on holidays and special occasions to assure everything was perfect for our senior citizens.  Her memory and legacy will continue through her substantial and continuous contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Hospital and the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.  One of the central tenants of Voe’s life was her firm belief in tithing.  She always gave ten percent of her income no matter the circumstances.  In fact, in one of the last conversations she was able to have, she gave instructions to submit tithes for the last seven months, which is the length of time she was unable to attend Trinity Baptist due to her hospitalization.

When it became evident she would not recover from her illness, her children were advised to place her in a nursing home under hospice care.  Her children Stuart (with wife Jamie), Carmen and Jim decided a nursing home would not suffice, so she was brought her to her own residence , her home since 1966, to live out her final days.  Under the guidance of Louisiana Hospice, her children moved back into their childhood home and provided constant care for Voe.  She was surrounded with her favorite music,  many stories, laughs, a lot of tears, visits from friends, neighbors and grandchildren, but most importantly we showed her and told her how much we love her.

The outpouring of love and support we experienced during these last three weeks has been touching and overwhelming, and the family thanks all who visited, brought food and offered prayers.  Special thanks go to Voe’s lifelong friend Dorothy Hargrove, a very special lady who has always been there and spent countless hours with her friend.

Pallbearers will be Darren Fuller, David Mann, Al Sutton, Stanley Sutton, Steve Sutton and Bruce Cardin. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Sutton, Graham Mann and Arnold Thornton.

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Visitation Information


Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Time: 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Kilpatrick Funeral Homes - West Monroe

Address:

1321 N 7th St.
West Monroe, LA 71291

Service Information


Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019

Time: 03:00 pm

Kilpatrick Funeral Homes - West Monroe

Address:

1321 N 7th St.
West Monroe, LA 71291

Cemetery Information


Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019

Walnut Grove Cemetery

Address:

West Monroe, LA

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