Remembering Aline Hood Upshaw

Aline Hood Upshaw, lovingly known to her family as “Mimi,” was born April 5, 1938 at her family home near Bryceland, Louisiana and passed away October 14, 2023 at the age of 85.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Allen and Christine Hood, 7 siblings, 2 sisters-in-law, and her husband of 54 years, Erie Wayne Upshaw.

Aline graduated from Bienville High School in 1956. She was a key member of the Lady Bobcat’s basketball team (following in the footsteps of her sister Alice who set many state scoring records) helping lead her team to a state championship.

She and Erie Wayne were married June 1, 1956 and began their life together.

She worked most of her career as a Bienville Parish school secretary and retired from the Jamestown Post Office. Aline was a beloved vocalist of the Sweet Adelines singing group, and a faithful member and song leader of the Bienville Methodist Church. She was a devoted Lady Techster basketball fan and often travelled with the team (and would have coached too if they had let her).

Family was everything to her. She could always be found at her children’s and grandchildren’s basketball and softball games, cross country and track meets, pageants, graduations, family reunions, and any excuse to get together and visit.

Mimi was a pillar of the Kepler Community and took pride in where she was from and the friends and family around her home.

Lastly, she was an avid floor sweeper! No speck of dirt stood a chance on her floor or carport and no one given the chore of sweeping ever really got it right. The family’s running joke was when she passed away, we would engrave “Loved to Sweep” on her headstone.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Kimberly Warren and son-in-law Shea Warren of Castor, her son Allen Upshaw and daughter-in-law Adele Upshaw of Ruston, six grandchildren (Morgan Teekell, Meagan Teekell French, Mallory Teekell Bordelon, Kathrine Upshaw Simmons, Benjamin Upshaw, and Jessica Upshaw), and eight great grandchildren (Mason, Hunter, Cain, CJ, Madelyn, Kaitlyn, Skyler, and soon to be born…Gideon Wayne).

The family would like to thank the staff of Ruston Nursing and Rehab, Northern Louisiana Medical Center ICU, and Allegiance Hospice for the loving care provided to our Mimi.

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