|“What the heart once owned ….it shall never lose.” (Henry Ward Beecher)
Elmena L. Byoune was born in Natchitoches Parish Louisiana. She received her nurture and education in that state. It was in Louisiana where she met and married Vernon S. Byoune, who was later to become a pastor in the Louisiana Conference of the Central Jurisdiction. On February 18, 1984, she died in Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Michigan with her family members at her side.
Elmena ministered by her husband’s side in many of the congregations he served in Louisiana. She had the responsibility of rearing and caring for the younger of their six children after Reverend Byoune died. She sent the youngest ones to college to assure that they too received a good education. She was active in community affairs holding many offices in P.T.A., and was an active member of the Ruth Grand Chapter O.E.S.
Until her illness prevented her participation, she was an avid church worker. Her ability to lead and inspire was well known. At work, at home, at church, and in friendship she ministered to all with a consistent courage, optimism and faith.
Elmena was buried in Montgomery, Louisiana, on February 23, 1984. She was survived by her six children: Eththelle F. Gibbs, Theda J. Wilson, Lolita A. Page, Realin L. Byoune, Kenneth F. Byoune, Lee O’Wilkie Byoune; eight grandchildren and two great grandsons. Her husband, Vernon, died on May 25, 1959.
“We have only one life, twil soon be past
Only what we do for Christ will last.”
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1984; p. 200 By Eththelle F. Gibbs|