|Birth: ||Dec. 24, 1915|
|Death: ||Sep. 13, 2010|
East Baton Rouge Parish
Ethel Elizabeth Emery Wakeman, died peacefully at her daughter's home Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at age 94. Ethel was born in Natchez, Miss., grew up in Tallulah and resided in Baton Rouge for more than 70 years. Ethel graduated from Hammond High School and attended Southeastern Louisiana College for one year. At that time, she was accomplished at playing the violin. Ethel was very good at spelling and taking shorthand, so she became a legal secretary for Spenser & Sevier in Tallulah. Ethel moved to Baton Rouge to work as a secretary in the Attorney General's Office in the new State Capitol.
In 1942, Ethel married Thomas Augustus Wakeman at First Presbyterian Church and became a full-time homemaker. As a young mother, Ethel always read to her children and sang to them. She also helped in Sunday School. In 1954, while pregnant with their fourth child, Ethel cared for her terminally ill husband. He was determined to live to see the baby. He died exactly a month after bringing Ethel and their new baby daughter home from the hospital. As a widow, Ethel became a secretary at the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board office. Even as a working mother, Ethel continued to read to her children and share classical music with them. Ethel retired on her 70th birthday. After retiring, Ethel served as a volunteer storyteller at Goodwood Elementary School and the Goodwood Library. After becoming a Mormon, she enjoyed teaching 4-year-olds every Sunday for many years in the Baton Rouge Second Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Ethel was a patron of the Baton Rouge Symphony and enjoyed bringing her grandchildren to concerts and encouraging them to enjoy classical music and to play violin as she did. She also enjoyed listening to Metropolitan Opera on WRKF.
Ethel is survived by a son, Gus Wakeman, two daughters, Carol Wakeman Vogel and Mary-Ethel Wakeman Theriot, and their spouses. She is also survived by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. We, her children, know our Mommy is now enjoying being reunited with our Daddy, who preceded her in death by 56 years. Our sister Janeen, who died 50 years ago, is also welcoming Mommy to heaven. Knowing their joy, we are overflowing with gratitude for the atonement of Jesus Christ and for the blessing of being sealed in The House of The Lord as an eternal family.
Graveside services at Baton Rouge National Cemetery. Arrangements by Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St.
Obituary published in The Advocate on September 16, 2010.
Olive Cassell Emery (1890 - 1982)
Thomas Augustus Wakeman (1897 - 1954)
Janeen Olive Wakeman (1945 - 1960)*
Olive Emery Eggleston (1913 - 1998)*
Ethel Elizabeth Emery Wakeman (1915 - 2010)
Note: Link to mother supplied by Ron Manley #46788603; Thanks Ron.
Baton Rouge National Cemetery
East Baton Rouge Parish
Plot: SEC. 22, SITE 1445-A
Created by: Rita Graves
Record added: Sep 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58732301
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