Louise M. Harrell, Age :96

Jun 11,1922---May 12,2019

Louise M. Harrell, aged 96, passed away on May 12, 2019.  A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and, from June 2001, a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, she was the youngest child and only daughter of Hattie Kirby Mangum and the Rev. William Andrew Mangum, for whom Mangum Memorial United Methodist Church in Shreveport, LA and Mangum Chapel, in Walker, LA were named.  Her death followed the losses of her husband of 56 years, M. J. Harrell; her brothers Walton and Amos Mangum; and her brother Rev. Wallace Mangum and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Mangum.  She is survived by her son, J. David Harrell; her daughter-in-law, Yolanda N. Harrell; her grandson, Jonathan D. Harrell; and her granddaughter, Kathryn M. Harrell.  She is also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews in the Harrell, Mangum, and Kirby families.  Of particular thanks for their frequent expressions of concern are Peggy Harrell (widow of the late Kenneth Ray Harrell), of Zachary, LA; and Dennis and Judy Harrell, of Denham Springs, LA. Also greatly appreciated are the wonderful staff at Brookdale Senior Living Santa Fe and the numerous caregivers with Heritage Home Healthcare & Hospice for their care and compassion.

A child of the Depression, Louise Harrell had simple tastes and modest material expectations.  Among her cherished memories of childhood were celebrating Christmas in Baton Rouge, their tree adorned with decorations that her dad had bought, and picking blackberries with her grandma on their farm in St. Helena Parish.  She also recalled being sent to a corner grocery with a dime to buy a loaf of bread, which cost nine cents, and spending the remaining penny on candy.

Louise attended Istrouma Elementary School in Baton Rouge; completed elementary and middle school in Greensburg, in St. Helena Parish, while she lived on her grandpa’s farm; and graduated from Greensburg High School in 1939, part of the first graduating class to wear caps and gowns.  Later she completed a correspondence course in commerce from Spencer Business College in New Orleans. 

She met her future husband, Modie Harrell, in 1941 when she and he were working at the courthouse in Greensburg. In 1942 Modie was inducted into the US Army.  On January 29, 1945, he and Louise married in Baton Rouge and soon after moved to Ontario, CA, where Modie was stationed.  They moved to Zachary, LA in 1949, where Louise remained until the death of her husband in 2001, when she relocated to Santa Fe, NM to be close to her son’s family – especially the grandchildren.

Like anyone who reaches an advanced age, Louise Harrell found her last years marked by steadily declining physical abilities and a number of health issues.  Nonetheless, she delighted in her family, and she maintained her sense of place and time.  Although she liked the climate and natural beauty of Santa Fe in particular and New Mexico in general, Louise recalled fondly her childhood, youth, and married years in Louisiana, often using the phrase “back home” in reference to events in her native state.  Now she is indeed back home.

A memorial and other services will be held at a later date in Baton Rouge.


Arrangements entrusted to the caring professionals of

Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe

3232 Cerrillos Road

(505) 395-9150


Eileen Chavez May 17 ,2019

Friend ,Espanola ,New Mexico

David, Yolanda and family, once more the last name caught my attention. You are so special that there are not many Harrells around. My condolences on the passing of your mother/grandmother. May her soul rest in peace and happy memories bring you solace. Much love Yolanda, think about you often.