A celebration of the life of Jesalea Aken Wallace will be held today (Monday, Oct. 24, 2011) at 2 p.m. in First Baptist Church of Cotton Valley. Visitation was held from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, October 23 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.
Jesalea was born July 20, 1921 in Rotan, Fisher County, Texas to Joseph David Aken and Lula Dudney Kendrick Aken. She died Oct. 21, 2011 at Willow Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Arcadia.
Jesalea married Donald Paul Wallace Nov. 20, 1941 in Nacogdoches, Texas and lived most of her adult life in Cotton Valley. She graduated from Dowell High School near Rotan, Texas in 1939. She was president of her class, valedictorian, school beauty, member of the drama club, editor of the school newspaper and member of the home economics club.
Mrs. Wallace was an active member of First Baptist Church of Cotton Valley for 65 years. She taught various ages of children in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, served in the WMU, sang in the choir and helped others in whatever way she could. Mrs. Wallace worked in Riddle’s Grocery and Lewis’s Grocery outside of her home but most enjoyed cooking, canning, making jelly and taking care of her family.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Donald Paul Wallace; son, William Duane Wallace and siblings, Dellie Lee Kendrick, Walter Leon Kendrick, Mary Thelma Kendrick Rains, David Harold Aken, Edwin Carol Aken, George Heron Aken, Ollie Aken Coppedge, Elizabeth Aken McKay, Alice Aken Graves, Jo Aken Willis and Manecia Rebecca Aken Miller.
She is survived by one son, Kenneth Joe Wallace of Minden; daughter-in-law, Carol Wells Wallace; and granddaughter, Trinity Ann Wallace. Also left to cherish her memory are many beloved nieces, nephews and a large extended family of friends and neighbors. A dear friend and good neighbor, Arnold McKenzie was a caregiver, companion and constantly by her side during the last years of her life.
Pall bearers will be Steve Grooms, Alvin Maynor, Bill Maynor, John Maynor, Charles Odom, Gary Harrison, Talmadge Dennis and Hershel Jones.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home in Monroe or to the charity or church of the donor’s choice.