Marlene Calmes Major

  • Born: July 9, 1935
  • Died: November 8, 2021
  • Location: Independence, Louisiana

Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home

PO Box 2035
2000 N Morrison Blvd
Hammond, LA 70404
Tel. (985) 345-5801

Tribute & Message From The Family

Marlene Calmes Major, of Independence, Louisiana, passed away at her home on Monday, November 8, 2021, at the age of 86. She was born on July 9, 1935, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of the late John Menner and Conchetta "Jenny" Canizaro Menner. Marlene was a switchboard operator at North Oaks Medical Center for over 29 years and was a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ in Independence for over 30 years.

Marlene is survived by her husband, Bennie Major; daughters, Debra Giacone (Steve), Darlene Wascom (Freddie) and Jenell Manuel (Coby); son, Todd Calmes (Leigh); 16 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Marlene was preceded in death by her son, Keith Calmes; brother, Johnny Menner, Jr.; and sisters, Rita Owens and Rose Mary Darby.

The family would like to sincerely thank Interim Hospice for their compassionate care.

Family and friends will be received at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd, Hammond, Louisiana 70401 on Friday, November 12, 2021 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 2:00 pm.

Interment will follow at Mount Stevens Cemetery in Independence, Louisiana.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I want to give give my heart felt condolences to the entire family, Bennie, all the children and grandchildren. Marlene and her family are lifelong friends and she has known me since I was a baby. My mother and my sisters are praying for the family.

Posted by Joel Morgan - Hammond, LA - Family Friend   November 15, 2021

Hey Janell
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. We pray that God's peace will settle upon you and that His presence be a comfort to you as you go through the days

Posted by Brett Blouin - Friend   November 12, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. We pray that God's peace will settle upon you and that His presence be a comfort to you as you go through this winding path

Posted by Brett Blouin - DAWSONVILLE, GA - Classmate   November 12, 2021

I am blessed to have known Marlene for more than 30 years. She was such fun to work with and she enjoyed life to the fullest. I have many fond memories. My condolences to her family.

Rest Easy Marlene,
Tammy Chauff

Posted by Tammy Chauff - Ponchatoula, LA - Coworker   November 12, 2021

RIP MawMaw

Posted by Lillieana G - Loranger, LA - Grandchild   November 10, 2021

Mama I still can not believe we said goodbye yesterday. I thought I would wake up and it was all a dream. I know that you are in a better place and you are not in any pain. But my heart is still broken. May you Rest In Peace I will always love and miss you. Until we meet again

Posted by Debbie Giacone - Hammond, LA - Daughter   November 09, 2021

Lifting my favorite childhood neighbors in prayer. I have so many fond memories of your mom. To her clean smelling house, yummy cooking (stuffed artichokes especially). Her driving us to school. We had it good on Scanlan St. I'm sure she is having a grand reunion with her Heavenly family, and her and mom reconnecting. She was an amazing mom. Oh, and all the trips to New Orleans for Mardi Gras! She is beautiful and at peace. Sending hugs.

Posted by Donna Plummer Tycer - Tickfaw, LA - Friend   November 09, 2021