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September 04, 2022


Shirley Lucille Varnado

July 11, 1940 - September 1, 2022

Shirley Lucille Varnado, age 82, passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2022, in Carriere, Mississippi.  She was born on July 11, 1940, in Lyman, Mississippi to Wilburn Carlee Varnado and Iola Virgil Byrd Varnado. Shirley was a member of Bogalusa First Church for most of her life.

She got pleasure from cooking for her family.  She loved playing Scrabble with her children and grandchildren (no dictionary allowed).  She liked going to auctions, flea markets and thrift stores looking for treasures.  She was the family genealogist and passed the torch to her daughter, April.  She enjoyed crabbing, hunting and fishing.

Shirley is survived by three daughters, April (William) Bowyer, Sheila (Hughey) Wells and Denise (Trey) Lacey; one son, Joseph (Michelle) Braud; thirteen grandchildren, Michael (Natasha) Burch, David Burch, Bryan (Jessica) Burch, Joseph (Rachel) Wells, Cherie (Bill) Wells, Sabrina Wells, Caleb Wells, Dusty (Sarah) Stewart, Shaun (Jessica) Stewart, Clay (Ashley) Stewart, Zach Stewart, Rodney (Keera) Braud, Rhonda Braud and fourteen great grandchildren.  She is also survived by two sisters, Joyce Joachimi and Virginia Moody; two brothers, Ray Varnado and Leon Varnado; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Wilburn and Iola Varnado; two brothers, Willie Varnado and Richard Varnado; and one sister, Wilma Ann Varnado.

Funeral services will be held at Bogalusa First Church on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 2:00PM with Rev. Travis Houston officiating.  Interment to follow at Sones Chapel Baptist Church in Carriere, Mississippi.  Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday morning at 10:00AM until service time.

Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home & Crematory in Bogalusa, Louisiana is in charge of arrangements.

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