Mary Vessell Netter
1929 - 2022
BORN
1929
DIED
2022
FUNERAL HOME
St Francisville Funeral Home
5914 Commerce St
Saint Francisville, LA
It has been said that we can't do much about our birth date or death date, but that we can do everything about the dash between them. The dash that we live on. Mary Vessell Netter, a beloved mother, mother figure and lifelong resident of St. Francisville, La., who passed away on Jan. 12, did right by that dash. She loved her family as much as she loved life, radiating a sweet, vibrant spirit that her family and friends cherished. She was sociable, faithful in her ministry and bountiful in her giving. And her family adored her. She led a life that mirrored God's word in 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." That life began with her birth on March 7, 1929, to Louis "Tookie" and Bertha Vessell. She submitted her life to the Lord as a young adult and was baptized in 1950 at Sherobee Baptist Church, where she was a lifelong member. But this self-described "proud, well-dressing, independent Black woman" loved and worshiped in churches all over the area, attending in her Sunday best not only Sherobee but FT Missionary and McKowen Baptist churches on first Sundays, Independence Baptist Church, her daughter's church, Greater King David Baptist, and various other churches. It is no wonder that she met her husband of 35 years, William "Buddy" Netter on Easter Sunday on April 17, 1947, at where else … a church. It was a story she reveled in telling, and she was an avid storyteller, regaling her family - especially the younger set - with stories from her bygone days and reliving our family history. However, there was something she enjoyed even more and that was her flower garden and ample collection of plants. To put it mildly, they were everywhere and every one she touched turned green. While working with those flowers and plants were her labor of love, her real job for nearly 35 years until her retirement in 1999 was as a cook at Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System, where she earned the admiration and friendship of her co-workers, many becoming lifetime friends. And, oh did that cooking extend to her family, for whom she liked to brag, "I cooked my children whatever they want, Buddy said I was spoiling them, but I did." So, she did, and they (pardon the pun) ate it up - from red beans and rice and beef stew to tea cakes and, especially, our traditional "nut cakes" at Christmas. With prodding from her eldest son, Mary became a serious walker - walking three miles a day, six days a week at one point - and later in life couldn't stop talking about three-days-a-week journeys and the friendships forged during swimming pool therapy at Spectrum Fitness in Zachary. Speaking of journeys, she often took longer ones by visiting her sons in New Orleans, Miami, Atlanta, Farmington Hills, Michigan and Los Angeles. Our mother found more joy in everyday life, had more style and fought harder than anyone we know. She loved her family and her family loved her unequivocally, will treasure her in our hearts every day and keep her always by our sides. Because we are not only here because she was here, but we are better because she was here - filling all of that space joyously on the dash that we live on. Mary leaves to cherish her loving memory her children, Les Netter of Atlanta, William "Caruso" (Jean) Netter of Harvey, LA., Paul (Bridget) Netter of Burbank, CA. and Karen Netter (Samuel) Alsander of Zachary, LA; her brother, Roy Vessell of St. Francisville; her beloved and devoted granddaughters, Diedre (Charles) Netter Smith of Baton Rouge and Danielle Alsander of Atlanta; grandchildren, Amy Netter, Lesley (Dr. TJ) Netter-Snowden, Wesley Netter and Casey Netter of Atlanta, William Bryant Netter of New Orleans, Blake Netter of Jersey City, N.J., Keya Williams of Baker, Dedric (Leslie) Williams of Zachary, Kaitlyn Alsander of Zachary and William Woods of Denham Springs, LA.; adored great-grandson Axl "Stone" Algere of Atlanta; great-granddaughters Taylor and Kelsey Netter and Kayla Frazier and Kylie Loyal of Atlanta; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, godchildren and friends, including her favorite deacon, Richard King. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, William; her son, Larry, her parents, Louis and Bertha; her sisters, Pearl Barnes, Annabelle Lee, Louise Hardy and Sylvia Cummings; and her brothers, John and Leon Vessell. She was also preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Laura Ann Dunbar Netter. It is with grateful hearts that we acknowledge the dedicated staff at Grace Health and Rehab, with special appreciation for Sharon Otkins, Faye Wright, Keith Lomas and Martell Baus. Visitation will be held at St. Andrew Baptist Church from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14. Funeral services will follow at Sherobee Baptist Church from 2-3 p.m. Burial will follow in the Sherobee cemetery.


Published by The Advocate from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2022.
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Jan
14
Visitation
11:00a.m. - 12:30p.m.
St. Andrew Baptist Church
LA
Jan
14
Funeral service
2:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
Sherobee Baptist Church
LA
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22 Entries
Keeping Paul, his siblings and the rest of the family in my prayers during this period of sorrow. Please remember that her physical presence may be gone, her spirit will live on forever in the precious memories you shared and the impact on your lives.
Joann Loveless
January 18, 2022
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Audrey Green
January 18, 2022
With deepest sympathy to the Netter Family
The Quiette Family / New Orleans La
Friend
January 17, 2022
With my deepest condolences and prayers Les, to you and the entire family. May Mrs.Netter rest in eternal peace.
Kym Russell
Friend
January 15, 2022
Keep God close and He will see you through these difficult times. God bless you
Mary Emery Hopkins
January 15, 2022
To: Caruso (Jean), The Netter and Vessel Family We extend heartfelt sympathy to the families. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. We pray you can find comfort in the care of family and friends, and allow the loving memories of your Mother to help you through this difficult time. Love, Merle and Michael
Merle A. Torregano
Family
January 15, 2022
Our hearts go out to the Netter family. Sorry for your loss. Sending our deepest condolences during this extremely difficult time.
Joel Huerto
Friend
January 15, 2022
Praying for continuing strength and guidance. My condolences to you and family.
Sonia Pearce
January 15, 2022
May God give the family the strength to continue and the love of family and friends to lean on. God is faithful.
Sheila Sandifer
Work
January 14, 2022
So sorry to hear! May your heavy hearts be comforted by the beautiful memories you shared with Ms. Mary. Wishing God´s Grace and Mercy upon you all during this difficult time.
Kathy McKinsey Rogers
January 14, 2022
Our heartfelt condolences to the Vessell and Netter families. I value Paul's friendship and have a profound respect for the man he is. I know this is just one aspect of Mary's far-reaching legacy.
David Song
Friend
January 14, 2022
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Willie Anderson
Friend
January 14, 2022
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Linda OConner n Thelma Hilliard
Other
January 14, 2022
HeartceySy Heartfelt sympathy!!
Cheryl Whitfy
Family
January 14, 2022
May the Lord comfort you and keep you as you mourn because you miss Mary's presence. May you also experience joy as you anticipate our joyous reunion with her in our Father's house. Deloris Emery Rentz Gainesville, FL
Deloris E Rentz
January 14, 2022
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Rest Peaceful Ms. Mary
Ledoris Allen, Roy´s Classmate
Friend
January 14, 2022
Sorry for your loss. She will truly be missed.
Georgia Square (Mrs. Tickie)
Work
January 14, 2022
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Shirley Monroe Ennis
Friend
January 14, 2022
To Diedre and the Netter family, Although it is difficult to see beyond your sorrows, may looking back in memories, comfort and strengthen you during the loss of Grandmother and Mother. Ms. Mary was a lady that was wise and loving and she magnified that wisdom and love to her family and others that knew her. Hold tight to the memories and the loved you all shared with her. May God blessed you family and please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Annette Johnson
Family
January 14, 2022
With heartfelt prayers and sympathy to my family in the loss of Cousin Mary. I will always remember her for being a stylish woman who walked the Christian walk. If you wanted to see her on any given Sunday you had better go to church, because that's where you would find her. Family, cherish the memories of a life well lived and honor the legacy of a phenomenal woman.
Dianne A Williams
Family
January 13, 2022
Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. George W. Alexander, Linda, Georgia and Janice
The Alexander Family
Family
January 13, 2022
To: The Vessell/Netter family May God's grace and mercy comfort your heart and dry your weeping eyes during your time of sorrow. God bless you.
Emmer williams
January 13, 2022
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