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August 30, 2020


Mary Lucille Byers Kain

February 09, 1920 - August 29, 2020

Mary Lucille Byers Kain peacefully passed away on August 29, 2020, at the age of 100. She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Oscar Delma Kain (Dody); her father, David Carmack Byers; her mother, Nellie Rollins Byers; and her sister, Maude Owen Wood, of Columbus, MS.

Mrs. Kain was born in Bogalusa, LA in 1920. She graduated from Bogalusa High School, attended Mississippi State College for Women, and graduated from Southwestern University in Lafayette, LA. She was an early elementary teacher in the Bogalusa School System for more than 40 years and took great pride in her students. She was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bogalusa, the Ingleside Literary Club and the Bogalusa Garden Club. She loved to read, travel and watch LSU and Saints games, and shared a special affection for jazz music with her husband, traveling together with their friends to hear their longtime friends, The Four Freshmen, perform.

After many decades in Bogalusa, she and her husband moved full-time to Sun, LA, to enjoy a quieter life. Along with her family and friends, she celebrated many Christmases, Easters and countless other holidays, making special memories at the “farm” also known as Kain Brake. For the past 15 years, she has lived in Metairie with her dedicated daughter, Kathy.

Mrs. Kain is survived by her four children, David Kain (Joan), Barrett Kain (Cheryl), Kathleen Kain, and Ann Prince (Ray); and her six grandchildren Zia Brown (David), Arrie Henderson (Ben), Alex and Madison Prince, and Caroline and Ian Kain. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Rollins and Byers Brown, and Reid, Esa and Whit Henderson.

She had a marvelous memory, a curious mind, and a keen sense of humor. She was a gentle and gracious woman with a quiet dignity. Those who knew her loved her, and her memory will echo in their hearts forever.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Ponemah Cemetery in Bogalusa. The Rev. Dr. Jarrett Banks will officiate the service. Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Nellie Byers Training Center, 640 Avenue V, Bogalusa, LA 70427.

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