Special to The Record
From Elaine Meyers

It was 1919 and one week before Christmas, the doctor was called to the house of Virgie and Johnny Marze in Merryville, La. He rode up on his horse, but not before a pretty three pound baby had been born. Her father wrapped her in blankets and placed her in a box next to the fireplace surrounded by warm bricks.  He made her a cap to keep her head warm.  The tiny baby became the mother of four daughters, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Affectionately, many have called her Eloise, Mama, MeMaw, Mother, Sister, Aunt Eloise and Friend.

Eloise Marze grew up in tough times.  Being the oldest of five children she knew the meaning of hard work.  She was blessed with two brothers and two sisters.  Her grandmother lived with them in the twenties as she needed special care; being totally blind.

The great depression was hard on her family.  She fell in love with her one true love, Basile Thompson.  He would walk or ride a horse five miles one way to court her. In 1937 they both graduated from Merryville High School and married on Feb. 7, 1938. The Thompsons had four daughters, Joanne (who passed away at 8 months of age), Elaine, Diane and Justine. In 1975 her beloved Basile passed away.

Mrs. Thompson retired in 1994 after working as a cafeteria manager for the West-Orange school district for 37 years.  She is a member of Canaan Primitive Baptist Church and dearly loves her church family.  A people person, Thompson enjoys a host of friends.  At the age of 90, she volunteers numerous hours a week.  She has traveled to many countries and more than half of the states. 

Her birthday was celebrated Jan. 2 at the Hampton Inn in Orange with over 130 friends and family in attendance.