MRS. V. L. WESTBROOK
June 2, 1900-January 29, 1962
Mrs. V. L. Westbrook was a quiet person whose energies were well spent in caring for her husband and home. As a church family and then as a member of the parsonage family she fulfilled the task of mother and wife to high perfection.
Mrs. V. L. Westbrook was born June 2, 1900 in Florien, Louisiana. Lois Mildred Weldon was her name prior to her marriage to V. L. Westbrook on October 4, 1922. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Westbrook made their home in the Peason community near Florien. Here they made their living from the soil as farmer.
To this marriage the following children were born: Mrs. Myrtle Langley, now at the Vandenburg Air Force Base; William Talmage Westbrook of New Orleans; Van Calvin Westbrook of West Monroe; Leon Westbrook of Bernice; and Miss Louise Westbrook a student at Louisiana Tech in Ruston.
In the Peason community the Westbrooks were faithful members of the Florien Methodist Church. As a family they were in attendance and supported their church in every way possible.
In 1947 Brother Westbrook received his call to preach. Mrs. Westbrook continued to give him the support and courage that had been customary during their life together. The year of their first full-time appointment, 1949, Mrs. Westbrook took up the duties of the parsonage.
She assisted her husband in every way possible. Her home was not neglected as she continued to guide and direct the ways of her children in a most wonderful manner. As a part of a parsonage family they served the church at South Sabine, Oberlin, Clay-Ansley and Pine Grove.
While serving with her husband at Pine Grove, Mrs. Westbrook was stricken. In a few months she passed away on January 29, 1962 to be with her Heavenly Father. She was buried in the Prospect Cemetery across from the Florien Methodist Church. The Reverend Luman Douglas, the District Superintendent of the Ruston District, assisted by the ministers of the Ruston District conducted the funeral service.
Mrs. Westbrook is survived by her husband and children and 3 grandchildren. Her full contribution to God and His Church can never be measured. It continues to grow in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and in the people who knew her and were blessed because of knowing her.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1962; p. 258 By James M. Poole
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