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Official Obituary of

Barbara Jean (Bates) Ables

March 16, 1951 ~ February 12, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Barbara Ables Obituary

Barbara Jean Bates Ables, a cherished soul, who is remembered by her outgoing spirit, peacefully passed away on February 12, 2024, at the age of 72. Born in Belzoni, Mississippi, Barbara spent the majority of her life residing in Avondale, Louisiana. 

Barbara is now reunited with her mother Francis Cessna Rossi, father Tommy Rossi, sisters Sharon Fortune Cochran and Margaret Harmon Cochran, and her daughter, Shelly Ables Guidry, who welcomed her with open arms into the eternal embrace. 

She leaves behind a legacy of love that will forever resonate in the hearts of her surviving family members: her husband, Shelby C. Ables; her children: Shelby “Buba” Ables, Bryan Ables (Beth), and Sarah Ables; her grandchildren: Sadie Ables, Halie Ables Farmer (Zach), Cody Dufrene (Katelyn), Abby Ables McKinley (Donald), Gage Ables, Austin Fields, Trent Guidry, and Ethan Ables; and her great-grandchildren: Aceyn Boffone, Baelynn McKinley, Henry McKinley, Laine Dufrene, Faith Dufrene, Pyper Dufrene, and Hudson Dufrene.  Barbara also leaves behind her sister, Viola “P’nut” Fortune Miller (Kevin), and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends, all of whom were touched by her boundless humor, generosity, and vibrant spirit. 

Barbara was a devoted grandmother, known affectionately as “NeNe,” who found joy in the company of her family. She was everyone’s “NeNe,” whether blood related or not. She welcomed many as if they were her own. Her love was deep, and her laughter filled every room she entered. A true lover of life, Barbara found thrill in the vibrant energy of New Orleans Arts, food, and entertainment, which stirred her soul and brought her happiness. We remember Barbara by her life spent teaching, giving, and celebrating. She could make friends effortlessly in every room she entered. Always the encourager, she had a way of convincing you that you’d achieve all of your dreams. 

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the compassionate staff at Lacombe Nursing Centre for their unwavering care and support during Barbara’s final days.

In honor of Barbara’s life, a private ceremony will be held by the family, where they will gather to celebrate the beautiful memories and love she shared with each of them. Though she may have left this earthly realm, Barbara’s spirit will continue to shine in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.  May her soul rest in eternal peace, knowing she was deeply cherished and will be forever missed.

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