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“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...Read More »
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“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...Read More »
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“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...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Brett Blouin - DAWSONVILLE, GA

“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...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Tammy Chauff - Ponchatoula, LA

“RIP MawMaw ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Lillieana G - Loranger, LA

“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...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Debbie Giacone - Hammond, LA

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7 of 7 | Posted by: Donna Plummer Tycer - Tickfaw, LA

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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