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Whitney Lane Martinez Durant

May 22, 1986 September 13, 2019
Whitney Lane Martinez Durant
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Whitney Lane Martinez Durant, age 33, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Whitney was born to Karen Guillory Bigelow and Richard “Ric” Martinez in McComb, Mississippi on May 22, 1986.

Funeral services for Whitney will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at Harmony Cove Baptist Church, 2879 Kites Landing Road Florien, Louisiana, with Reverend David Martinez officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery, 400 New Hope Drive Milam, Texas, under the direction of Jeane's Funeral Service. A visitation for the family and friends of Whitney will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18th at Jeane's Funeral Service, 100 E. Union St. Leesville, LA.

Whitney was so full of life she needed two nicknames. Her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews lovingly called her NeeNee, but her father had his own special name for her, “Pearl.” When she was a little girl, she loved to dance around the house in big floppy hats so he called her “poor, poor, pitiful Pearl” because of Minnie Pearl off of the TV show, HeeHaw.

Whitney was the kind of woman who felt every emotion intensely--she would cry easily and laugh loudly at anything she thought was funny. She loved to joke around and could be counted on to make a joke at the most inappropriate times to lighten the mood. She loved to sing and dance, but her greatest love was her three children--Emerald, Elyiea, and Gabriel.

A giving soul, Whitney could be counted on to help anyone in need. She loved her family dearly, and she was a fierce protector of each one.

Whitney was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Donald Guillory, her paternal grandparents, Cecile Martinez and Mary Veuleman, an uncle Dennis Martinez, and two nephews, Zachary Martinez and Evan Chance. She is survived by her husband, Jacob Durant, three children, Emerald (age11), Elyiea (age 8), and Gabriel (age 5); her siblings, Aimee Stelly and husband Chad of Crowley, LA, Richard “Buddie” Martinez and his wife Karina of Sierra Vista, AZ, Christopher Martinez and wife Jordan of Carencro, LA, Jeri Bigelow of Alexandria,LA , and two step-brothers, Timothy Miguez and wife Kennedy, and Matthew Miguez, all of Lafayette, LA, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are step-brothers, Timothy Miguez and Matthew Miguez, and cousins Dennis D. Martinez, D.J. Martinez, Daniel Martinez, and Christopher Martinez. Honorary pallbearer, Tyler Winkle
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5:00 PM 9/18/2019 5:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 9/18/2019 9:00:00 PM
Jeane's Funeral Service

100 E Union St.
Leesville, LA 71446

Jeane's Funeral Service
100 E Union St. Leesville 71446 LA
United States





10:00 AM 9/19/2019 10:00:00 AM
Harmony Cove Baptist Church

2879 Kites Landing Road
Florien, LA 71429

Harmony Cove Baptist Church
2879 Kites Landing Road Florien 71429 LA
United States

Cemetery Details


New Hope Cemetery Final Resting Place

400 New Hope Drive
Milam, TX 75959

400 New Hope Drive Milam 75959 TX
United States

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