Westbrook, Elvie Lou Dean (Mrs. Van L.)

8/18/1998

Oct. 23, 1907-Aug. 18, 1998
 
Elvie Westbrook died on August 18, 1998 at Homer Memorial Hospital in Homer, Louisiana. She was a native of Claiborne Parish and a resident of Arcadia, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her first husband of 36 years, Jim White; second husband of 17 years, Rev. Van L. Westbrook; four brothers, one sister, and one step-son.
Survivors include step-sons, W.T. Westbrook, of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Van C. Westbrook of West Monroe, Louisiana; step-daughters, Myrtle Langley of Lompoc, California, and Louise Westbrook of Birmingham, Alabama; sisters, Lorene Owens of Homer, Louisiana, Mattie Sue Johnson of Arcadia, Louisiana, Joy Thomas and husband Curtis of Keithville, Louisi-ana; one sister-in-law, Juanita Dean of Homer, Louisiana; two step-granddaughters, two step grandsons, five step great granddaughters, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
While our father, Rev. Van L. Westbrook, was pastoring the Pine Grove Church near Minden, Louisiana, our mother Lois Westbrook passed away in January of 1962. Dad continued to serve that church until June 1962 when he was reassigned to the Athens-Crossroads Charge. Elvie was a member of the Crossroads Church, and her first husband had recently passed away. Both Elvie and our Dad were lonely and soon became attracted. On August 9, 1963, they were married, and he continued to serve as pastor there until June of 1967, at which time Dad retired and was assigned to work part-time as pastor of the Clay Church, south of Ruston, Louisiana. Then in September 1967, they purchased a home in Ruston where they lived and enjoyed their semi-retirement status until his death on September 20, 1980, at the age of 83.
After living alone for several years in their home in Ruston, Elvie moved to Arcadia where she lived until her death on August 18, 1998, at the age of 90.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1999; p. 271 By The Westbrook Family