Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Light Hill B.C., 1823 Pine Hill Rd. Interment will follow in Light Hill Cemetery. Open visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., Friday at Heavenly Gates.
Ivella Garrett departed this life on Saturday, July 10, 2021. At the time of her death, she was 85 years old. Ivella was the youngest of 8 children born to Johnnie and Hattie Parks of Hosston, Louisiana. Ivella confessed her life to Christ at a young age. She was baptized at the Light Hill Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she served on the usher board. Ivella remained a faithful member of Light Hill until she relocated to Arlington, Texas due to her declining health. She was not able to attend church very often in Arlington; however, she remained true to Christ and her service to the Lord by witnessing and sharing her testimony with everyone she met. Ivella continued to help anyone that crossed her path.
Ivella graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Shreveport, Louisiana. She continued her education at Central Area Trade School in Natchitoches, Louisiana where she became a licensed cosmetologist (a
trade that she loved). Ivella also worked as a nanny for the Shores Family of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Ivella was united in marriage to Arthur Lee Henderson in 1953. To this union three children were born: Barbara Scott, Vickie Frazier (Lonnie), and Arthur Henderson (Belinda). Ivella later married Eugene Garrett in 1983, and to this union was born one son Delbert Parks. “Madear,” as we all called her, loved children, and always encouraged them to be the very best that they could possibly be at all times.
Ivella was preceded in death by both her husbands as well as her parents Hattie and Johnny Parks, her brothers James Parks, Sammie Parks, and Vernell Parks, and her sisters Willie Alexander, Artome Demery, Nola McCray, and Thelma Parks.
To cherish and honor her memory, Ivella leaves behind her children and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Ivella will always be remembered for her homemade biscuits and her willingness to give advice and counselling (even when it was not
wanted). Although her physical presence will be greatly missed, we can gain comfort in knowing that she has overcome sickness, pain, sorrow and suffering.
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