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Leta Ann Garrison Eaves

July 20, 1926 - November 29, 2017

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Leta Ann Garrison Eaves was born July 20, 1926 and left this life November 29, 2017 at the age of 91.

She goes home to be with her beloved husband B. Kenneth Eaves, daughter Elizabeth Eaves, sister Sarah (Pete) Garrison Spurgin and parents Henry Clay Garrison and Leta Johnson Garrison. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Clay Eaves and wife Betsy, Kathryn Eaves Edwards and husband Brady, Leta Eaves Cunningham and husband Bill; grandchildren Emily Eaves Lancaster and husband Jason, Ashley Eaves and husband Quinn Parsons, Lloyd Cunningham and wife Tiffany, and Leta Rebecca Cunningham; great grandchildren August and Eleanor Lancaster and Bannon Parsons; sister Mary Garrison Jordan and husband Dick, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

A graduate of Byrd High School, Leta attended Hollins College her freshman year before transferring to the University of Texas where she met the love of her life, made many good friends, and was a member of the Tri Delta sorority. To the end she was an avid fan of UT football.

Leta and Kenneth loved to travel. From sea to shining sea, they ventured across the US and Canada relishing the beauty of this country and the time spent together. Wherever they went, Leta and Kenneth made friends – whether traveling in the motor home, taking international trips, or staying close to home during their many pleasurable hours on the square dance floor.

In her younger years, Leta loved to play bridge. Her regular Friday afternoon bridge group was a sacred time with her bridge buddies that her children and grandchildren knew nothing short of an emergency should interrupt. Her love of games extended to fun times with grandchildren playing cards or Chinese checkers. An excellent cook, Leta was fond of spending time in her kitchen and her oatmeal cookies were near divine.

She treasured being on the water, especially the years spent on Lake Bistineau water skiing and riding along the cypress lined channels. An avid swimmer, she continued to swim regularly well into her early 80s and could be found many mornings swimming laps at Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club alongside much younger friends.

A member of First United Methodist Church in Shreveport for over 60 years, Leta cherished her church, serving as a volunteer receptionist for many years and later serving as a regular visitor to homebound members. A woman of deep faith, she loved to worship in the beautiful sanctuary alongside her family and enjoyed the study of scripture, especially with Dr. Webb Pomeroy.

Leta adored children and on more than one occasion stepped up when friends became sick or families lost a mother, becoming like another mother to many children in her life.

Nothing on the earth was more precious to her than her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She bragged endlessly about them all and lit up when they came to visit. She loved time with family, especially hours spent around the piano or guitars singing late into the night.

Leta’s life was filled with joys and sorrows as often is, and she met challenges with a resolve rarely seen. Her strength and willpower will continue to resonate far beyond her years. She will forever be remembered for her stubborn streak, sweet southern drawl, and the fierce love she bestowed on everyone around her. This legacy of Christ-like love will live on in her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and in countless generations beyond her.

Honoring Leta as pallbearers will be Clay Eaves, Bill Cunningham, Lloyd Cunningham, Brady Edwards, Gene Williams, and Dick Jordan.

A graveside service will be held at Forest Park East Cemetery on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. A memorial service celebrating Leta’s life will be held on December 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Couch Chapel at First United Methodist Church in Shreveport. Dr. Don Webb and Dr. Carl Rhoads will preside at both. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chateau at Montclair, Hospice of Shreveport-Bossier, or a charity of the donor’s choice.