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BETTY DENNING GINGRAS

Funeral services celebrating the life of Betty Denning Gingras will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 15, 2018, Horseshoe Drive United Methodist Church, with Reverend Greg Carroll officiating. Burial will follow in Alexandria Memorial Gardens, Woodworth, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria.

Visitation will be observed at the church from 12:00 p.m. until time of service.

Betty Jane Denning Gingras, a well-known and highly respected educator in Rapides Parish Public Schools died on March 11, 2018. Mrs. Gingras was born on July 6, 1926 in Rochelle, Louisiana.
Mrs. Gingras graduated from Bolton High School and earned her B.S. degree from Louisiana College where she graduated with honors in only three years. The honor of being named a Louisiana College Beauty was bestowed upon her. She earned her Master of Education and a +30 from Northwestern State University, with additional post graduate studies at the University of Montana. Her college honors included induction to Phi Delta Kappa National Honor Society. Mrs. Gingras was also a member of Kappa Kappa Iota, Delta Kappa Gamma and Kappa Delta Phi.
Betty began her teaching career in 1946 at Poland High School where she taught Home Economics and Biology. Betty often told stories about being only 19 years old and teaching and coaching students who were 18 years old. While at Poland she coached basketball and softball and taught square dance to the community. She continued her career teaching second grade at Pineville Elementary and L.S. Rugg Elementary. Later she transferred to J.B. Nachman to teach second grade and kindergarten where she retired after 34 years of service. After being retired, Betty returned to teaching kindergarten at Cherokee Elementary and North Rapides Preparatory School where her husband was the administrator. She remained there until 1986. Betty always said she felt better when she was teaching.
Family members and friends often heard Betty say “I would rather dance than eat.” Because she felt this way, after graduating from high school at 16, she wanted to move to New York and pursue a career in dance. Her father said she was too young and only allowed her to enroll in college close to home.
Betty was a talented person. She enjoyed playing the piano and was also a talented seamstress, making many of her clothes and later making clothes for her daughter. She designed and created her own elegant satin wedding gown. Each year at Christmas she sewed and displayed beautifully detailed Christmas stockings; one for each family member.
Betty devoted her life to her family and educating children. Everyone wanted their child to have Mrs. Gingras as their teacher. Her signature, attention getting, whistle called her children home or let them know she was cheering them on from the bleachers. Her whistle could not be ignored, especially by the other team.
Mrs. Gingras was also a vital part of the establishment of Horseshoe Drive United Methodist Church. She and her husband were charter members and continued as dedicated members for the remainder of their lives. Betty was a member of the UMW, sang in the choir and taught Sunday School.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, Jules George Gingras, Jr., her parents Earl Hardy and Eloise Smith Denning, Sr., brothers Earl Hardy Denning, Jr. and Dr. Harold Glen Denning and great nephew Glen Denning DeVanie.
Those left to cherish her memory include her son Jules George Gingras, III and wife Nancy, daughter Leigh Ann Gingras Horton; five grandsons, George S. Horton, LCDR Matthew Gingras Horton and wife Kelly, Brett H. Horton, Benjamin K. Gingras, CSSN Jules George Gingras, IV; and three great granddaughters Taylor Horton, MacKenzie Horton, and Eloise Horton.
The family wishes to thank Mrs. Gingras’ caregivers who loved and took such wonderful care of her during the last two years. They also thank Guardian Hospice for the care, comfort and peace they brought to Mrs. Gingras and her family.
Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons and great nephew, Jonathan M. DeVanie.
The family has designated the Glen Denning DeVanie Memorial Scholarship Fund, Criminal Justice Department, Northwestern State University, 103 Kyser Hall, Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457, for memorial contributions.
To extend online condolences to the Gingras family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.


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Visitation

Thursday

15

Mar

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Horseshoe Drive United Methodist Church

1600 Horseshoe Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301

Funeral Service

Thursday

15

Mar

2:00 PM
Horseshoe Drive United Methodist Church

1600 Horseshoe Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301

Burial Following Service

Thursday

15

Mar

3:00 PM
Alexandria Memorial Gardens

8855 165 South
Woodworth, LA 71301

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