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Mrs. Louise B. Chambliss

January 18, 1928 ~ September 25, 2018 (age 90)
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Mrs. Louise B. Chambliss of Braxton, Mississippi, transitioned on September 25, 2018, in New Orleans, LA.

An exemplary of life of service to her family and to others: Louise Chambliss was born in Braxton, Mississippi January 18, 1928, to Emma Lou (Billie) Mccullum, but was raised by her grandparents and aunts in Simpson County. She also spent many early formative years in New Orleans, Lousiana with her beloved Aunt Katie Collins, her chief matriarch. She had a strong passion for Nursing, Education, mentoring, helping others and of course, raising her three sons; Leonard, Jeffery, and Derrick Chambliss.

She attended Piney Woods Day School and matriculated into nursing first at the Baptist Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. She married Leonard P. Chambliss, Sr. in 1949, started a family, then moved to New York City and worked in nursing in support of her husband who had enrolled in New York University in quest of an MBA. After his graduation, they moved back to Mississippi where she continued her nursing accreditation by attending Tuskegee University in Alabama because nursing schools in Mississippi were not integrated. And so it happened, soon thereafter, Lousie Chambliss was credited as being the first African American to be admitted to and graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Nursing  (UMC) class of 1966. Because of her passion for teaching, she also earned an undergraduate degree in Education from Jackson State Universtiy after which she began her teaching career at the UMC School of Nursing.

Mrs. Chambliss was a woman of great passion and great intellect. She mentored many young women and men into the field of nursing in Jackson, Mississippi and served as academic sponsors for those considering and entering the nursing profession. She was a woman of extensive counsel and credit and was exceptionally generous with both. Mrs. Chambliss will be missed by many, especially those she encouraged in life.

Family and Friends hours will be held at Peoples Funeral Home from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Chambliss will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Pearl Street A.M.E Church located at 2519 Robinson Street - Jackson, MS. Interment will follow at Garden Memorial Cemetery - Jackson, MS.

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