Louise Heider Chancey

December 4, 1921June 6, 2011

DEQUINCY – Louise Marie Heider Chancey, 89, passed away Monday, June 6, 2011 in a local care center. She was born in Urania, Louisiana, on Dec. 4, 1921, the younger of sororal twin sisters and the tenth of ten children. Louise was the daughter of the mill foreman at Urania Lumber Company, and had security and stability during her rural Depression Era childhood. She had many good memories, of feeding hoboes who came from the railroad, and bringing her aging father detective and crime magazines to read. Her fascination with crime stories in print and television began then, and lasted a lifetime. She recalled fondly her teen years, when the Yale college men came to study the techniques of the historically noted forestry pioneer Henry H. Hardtner, who built the town of Urania. During World War II, she worked shooting rivets to assemble bomber airplane fuselages in Arlington, Texas, a genuine "Rosie the Riveter." There she met and later married Arthur Wallace Chancey, with whom she raised five children. After the war, she was a telephone operator while attending art school in Houston. She was a fashion illustrator until her marriage, and an accomplished portrait artist as a hobby, until her eyesight failed later in life. She was a homemaker whose greatest pleasure was raising her five children. Mama Louise was known for her steadiness throughout life's triumphs and tragedies, often reassuring those around her with such sage wisdom as "if that's the worst that happens, you'll be doing alright,' and 'I wouldn't worry about it." Credited by her twin sister as "the pretty one," a characterization with which she claimed to disagree, she was almost never caught in a photo with her glasses on. She was an avid reader, and a lifelong television and movie enthusiast. She liked to travel, stay in the nicest hotel possible, and dress accordingly. Coffee, cigarettes, and conversation were all she needed to have a great time. When getting a cigarette in social situations, she liked to say "Now, don't think I smoke," a caution she learned from her Aunt Minnie. Her sense of humor never failed her. Combined with her honesty and wry outlook, Louise often produced such discerning witticisms that they became known as "Lou-isms." She was universally loved and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her twin sister, Lucille M. Heider Shaner, of Orlando, Florida, her children Molly Chancey Kaplan (Michael) of Portland, Maine; Arthur Wyatt Chancey of Sulphur, Louisiana; Rebecca Chancey Freeman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; her grandchildren Jamey O'Quinn Santos (John), Lindsay Kaplan Irvine (Alex), Matthew Kaplan, Asher Chancey (Kelly), Eva Kaplan, Laurie Chancey, Eric Freeman, Jr. , Andrew Freeman, and great grand-children Ian Henry Irvine, Emma A. Irvine, Cayden Barnett, Lillian Louise Chancey, Alexander Wrigley Chancey, and Abraham Michael Irvine. She is preceded in death by her parents, James B. and Emma Farrow Heider, husband Arthur Wallace Chancey, children Susie Chancey-O'Quinn and Billie Brooks Chancey, sisters Raye Monroe, Faye Perry, and Bronis King, and brothers George Heider, James Heider, Jr., Elvin Heider, Brooks Heider, and Homer Heider. Her funeral will be at 10:00 am, Saturday, June 11, 2011 in First Baptist Church of DeQuincy under direction of Hixson Snider Funeral Home. Rev. Lonnie Gothrup will officiate. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Friday from 5 until 7 pm and in the church from 9 am on Saturday. A graveside service and burial will be at 4:00 in Pollok Cemetery in Pollok, Texas. Words of comfort my be shared at


  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 11, 2011
  • Graveside Service Saturday, June 11, 2011

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Laurie Chancey

June 25, 2011

Here's to the memories that transcend the written record. Peace to us all.

Eric Freeman, Jr.

June 21, 2011

I only knew one grandparent, but I'll take my one over any other four any day. Grandmama was everything I could have ever wanted in a grandmother: unflinchingly kind, honest and genuine, while also being the funniest person I've ever known. She was the focal point of a rich and diverse family, and there will never be a day where I don't remember where I come from or what I have to offer, because of her influence which I will cherish for the rest of my life. I love you always Grandmama.

Angela Lynch

June 15, 2011

I remember your mom as such a sweet person when she would come to visit my Granny (Annie Coyle) when we were there. What fun she was! Wish I could have known her better. Praying for you all as you adjust - I know you will miss her.
--Angela Erwin Lynch (JoEtta's daughter)

June 14, 2011

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Lou. I remember her as such a gentle lady who was always supportive of her children. And being a "railroad brat" who lived in the same neighborhood, I had many occasions to be around your mom through Susie who was also a dear friend. Lou told Susie and me once that we were "double trouble" because what one of us couldn't think to do the other one could! My heart goes out to all of you at this time. Let your memories comfort you.

Adriana Clark Dent
Fort Valley, Georgia

Wyatt Chancey

June 13, 2011

Thanks for the kind thoughts mahal ko. And all are deeply felt and my family and I appreciate it very much! There will be a permanent site coming soon! And you're on the list, with many others, as we miss, and remember, and continue to love our sweet mother. Thanks, and my best regards to all.

June 12, 2011

We hear horror stories about mothers-in-law, but I have no similar story. Louise was the most perfect mother-in-law. She never judged or ridiculed me or made me feel inferior in any way. Just the opposite. Her unconditional love and acceptance always made me feel welcome. My opinions and thoughts were important to her and for that I am so grateful. I love and miss you. Valerie Fitzenreiter

June 11, 2011

I was born in Urania and we lived almost next door to the Heider family. I was a small child at the time but remember how Louise and Lucille would come to our home and roll my mothers hair for her. I remember Mr Brooks Heider and Mr Elvin Heider. Some of the other names seem familiar to me also. I am so sorry for your loss. I now live in Jena, Louisiana. Evaleana McKeithern Coleman.

Denise Suarez

June 11, 2011

I'm so sorry for your loss. I only met Louise a few times & I have fond memories of her & Billie. May they rest in peace.
Denise & Cursillo family

June 10, 2011

For the valiant yet kind and gentle soul momL, babay na po. May you rest in peace. I will miss you.