Gwen Waggenspack Heath
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After a courageous 18-month battle with lung cancer, on September 9, 2015, we lost our loving wife, mother, and grandmother. A native and lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, Gwen was born on October 28, 1952, and would have been 63 years old this year. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Jude Catholic Church and worked for the State Police from which she was due to retire in October of this year. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Joseph Allen (JoJo) Heath, a son Kyle Joseph Heath and wife Angel Mader Heath, a daughter Amanda Marie Heath, her treasured grandchildren Madison, Hayden and Ashton Heath, and her beloved fur baby, Rowdy. She is also survived by sister Gayle Waggenspack Kimmitt and husband Terry, brother Terry A. and wife Vickie, sister in law Sandra Heath, nephews Christopher, Jonathan, and Ryan Kimmitt, Andy Waggenspack, and a niece, Andria Waggenspack Monceaux. Gwen is also survived by her honorary family members Mike and Connie Leonard, their daughter Brandi Leonard Thompson and her daughters Taylor, Caitlin, and Haleigh Thompson. She was preceded in death by her parents Melvin J. and Violet Wiltz Waggenspack and in-laws Joseph O. and Fannie Heath. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice. Visiting at St. Jude Catholic Church, 9150 Highland Road, Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. celebrated by Father Trey Nelson.

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Published in The Advocate from Sep. 10 to Sep. 12, 2015.
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23 entries
September 20, 2015
Joe, Kyle & Amanda,
So sorry to learn of your loss. I will always remember Gwen for her sweetness, sense of humor and wonderful creativity. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Connie Salvaggio
September 17, 2015
I look at the "new" Mississippi bridge at night and see a light out in the lovely lights across the top of the bridge. My wonderful, funny cousin Gwen is a light out of my family bridge. Family get togethers will be hard without that light. We will miss her so much.
Suzanne Orr
September 16, 2015
I never met Gwen but was informed of her passing by a good friend of mine, He told me of the help Gwen provided for a fundraiser when my son was injured 10 years ago, it takes a special person to give up their time to help others in need who they have never met or did not know. I know a special person such as this is now in a special place. My family will always be grateful. God bless. Tim Whalen
September 12, 2015
Kyle,
Prayers from my family to you and yours.
Wayne Ray
September 12, 2015
Joe, Kyle and Amanda, my heart goes out to all of you. Ms. Gwen was a wonderful lady and a great neighbor. She will be greatly missed.
Shasta Morales
September 12, 2015
My heart was heavy when I heard of Gwen's passing. My prayers are with all of you always. I have to think God needed another angel.
Daudrille McClanahan
September 11, 2015
Joe, Kyle, Amanda, We were so sorry to learn of your great loss and are thinking of you at this difficult time. We have fond memories of her and your family during our years at St. Jude.
Mary Ann and Neil Stephansson & family
September 11, 2015
So sorry for your loss.
Chris Dornier House
September 11, 2015
Joe, Kyle, and Amanda: Steve, Amy, and I are very saddened to hear of your mom's passing. Your family was and remains the best. Gwen and Joe were St. Jude friends and Willow Glen buddies with Steve and me. Kyle and Amanda, you remain sweet memories to this day to me from your school days at St. Jude. Gwen left us too soon. Our prayers to you.
Fran Fransen
September 11, 2015
Praying for all of you in this sad time. Mrs. Gwen was such a wonderful and sweet lady. I will miss her greatly!
Kimberly Parish Carpenter
September 11, 2015
Mr. Joe, Amanda, Kyle, and Angel, We are so sorry for your loss. Ms. Gwen was a great person and a great second mom to our sister. She will truly be missed.
Dori & Chris Holmes
September 10, 2015
Sorry for your loss prayers are with yall
julia chilton
September 10, 2015
Andy and family,
I'm very sorry for your loss. May God's love serve as a warm embrace during this difficult time. Thinking of you.
Kristi Martin
September 10, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you all
Dayna Mayeux
September 10, 2015
Mrs. Gwen was wonderful and perfectly laced,
Mrs. Gwen can never be replaced.

Her eyes were bright and full of joy, she was a person that everyone loved and did enjoy.

If she were here today, she would stand here and have these words to say...

"Do not cry for me anymore, I'm happier today, than ever before;
For I am at peace and external rest, and now your faith is being put to the test;
Do not fret and go through strife, but trust in the Lord Jesus, cause there is Everlasting Life.

Not only was she one of my best friends, she was a lady, I called, Mama Gwen!!!

Praying for the family during this time!
Darren James
September 10, 2015
Amanda and Heath family, so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mom and loved one. I had the pleasure of knowing Gwen through our work at DPS. She was a sweet person who loved her family! My prayers are with you.
Paula Clark
September 10, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss, Kyle. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.
Mariah Griffin
September 10, 2015
To the Heath Family, our thought and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow
Ken & Kelli Harrison
September 10, 2015
I worked with Ms. Gwen over the years and she was such a sweet lady. She will be missed dearly. My prayers are with her family.
Charron Thomas
September 10, 2015
I worked with Mrs. Gwen for several years. She will be missed. My thought and prayers are with the Heath family.
Tasha Demoulin
September 10, 2015
Lt. Eddie Fisher
September 10, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Lt. Eddie Fisher
September 10, 2015
Kyle: Your entire Houston "family" sends their thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Miriam Brabham
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