|Jessie Pearl Stott Felder was born to Pearl and Robert Stott on January 3, 1917 in New Orleans. She was the oldest of four children. Jessie Pearl graduated from LSU with a B.A. degree in 1938 and married Martin David Felder on August 12, 1938. They began their Louisiana ministry at the Pine Grove Charge. Jessie was very supportive of Dave’s ministry and fulfilled the role of a minister’s spouse in a dignified and loving way. She taught many different ages in public schools in each town and was active in the Women’s Society at each church they served. After forty years of ministry, she and Dave retired and lived in their first real “home” in Shreveport and became participants in the Broadmoor Methodist Church. Jessie Pearl taught the Friendship Sunday School class at Broadmoor for fifteen years. When Jessie Pearl’s health declined she and Dave moved to the Live Oak Retirement Community. She was a resident there for five years.
Jessie Pearl died November 4, 2001 in Highland Schumpert Hospital in Shreveport. Jessie Pearl is survived by her husband of 63 years, Martin David Felder; daughters Dorothy Marie Kimball and husband Thomas of Marrero, Louisiana and Betty L. Canfield and husband Bruce of Shreveport; grandchildren Amy Marie and Thomas David Kimball of Marrero and Andrew Keast Canfield of Shreveport; sister Mary Emily Rioux of Baker, Louisiana. Jessie Pearl was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Edmond Stott, sister, Dorothy Stott, and grandson, Matthew Bruce Canfield.
Jessie Pearl was a wonderful cook and talented seamstress. She was very organized, a dedicated wife, and was a wonderful Christian mother and grandmother. Her celebration of life service was held at the Rose Neath Chapel in Shreveport. She had left plans for her entire service which included these scriptures that I’d like to share with you . . .
Matthew 7:12 “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good
of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
I miss her and love her dearly,
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 2002, Memoirs By Betty F. Canfield|