Eleanor Sherwood Lemoine, 85, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2022.
Ellie was born in Somers Point, New Jersey on September 24, 1936 to August and Julia Mapes. She attended Rider College in New Jersey where she met her future husband. She married the late Roland Stanton Sherwood Jr in 1956. They lived in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania area until 1967 when the family, which now included three children, moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Ellie was a resident of Lake Charles for most of her adult life. She loved the city and was a loyal advocate for the city in both word and deed. She and Roland were active in The Buccaneers and The Power Squadron. They were dedicated members of St Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church. She juggled working as a teacher’s aide in Special Education classrooms and being a great mother to their children. After Roland’s death in 1996, Ellie bought a small house on West Oak Lane and made it her home for the next 25 years. She enjoyed some international travel with friends and family for a few years. In 2002, she married Charles Audrey Lemoine. Travel continued to be a focus with annual trips to his naval reunions being a mainstay. During this time, Ellie enjoyed her involvement in the Lake Charles Garden Club and the Enterprise Club and began attending The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. After Chuck’s death in 2020, she moved to The Verandah where she enjoyed the weekly games of bridge, dominos, mahjongg and puzzles.
Ellie loved gardening and transformed her yard at West Oak Lane into an amazing display of shrubbery and flowers that brought seasonal appeal. She cherished the five majestic live oak trees on the property. She was also an avid reader spending long hours enjoying the twists and turns of a well-written novel. People mattered to her, and she valued peace, understanding and tolerance.
She is survived by her three children, Chip Sherwood (Danette) of Abita Springs, Louisiana, John Sherwood (Sharon) of Flower Mound, Texas and Lynda Gilbert (Paul) of Hoover, Alabama, eight grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, sister Joan Lambard of Cottonwood, Arizona and brother Ernie Mapes of Onancock, Virginia. She also extended her love to Chuck’s daughter, Stephanie Lemoine, and granddaughter, Kammi Lemoine.
A funeral service will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at 10:30 am on Saturday, September 17 with internment in the Columbarium at the church. The Reverend Dr. Mitzi George will be the officiant. A reception will follow in Hartner Hall at the church.
Memorials in remembrance of Ellie can be made to The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Saint Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church or Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Moss Bluff.