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“Rest in peace Berdie. I am sorry that I did not call you more often but know I thought about you. Be at peace and watch over all your loved ones...Read More »
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ALBERTA LAVERNE DIESING, AGE 86 ARVERNE, NEW YORK Cox Funeral Home Oak Grove, Louisiana Funeral services for Alberta Laverne Diesing will be 10AM, Friday, December 23, 2016, at Cox Funeral Home of Oak Grove, Louisiana with Rev. Harold Clark officiating. Interment will be in the Reeks Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Cox Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday from 2PM – 9PM and Friday from 8AM until time of service at Cox Funeral Home. Alberta Laverne Diesing, age 86 of Arverne, New York passed away in her home on Wednesday December 14, 2016. Alberta Laverne Diesing was born as Alberta Laverne Clay in Memphis, Tennessee on August 10, 1930. Alberta was the first-born child to Saphronia Jane Clay (maiden name Saphronia Jane Porter) and Albert N. Clay. Alberta who was known to everyone as Birdie grew up in Keiser, Arkansas. She was raised on a farm and loved the country life with her family. She especially loved her horse Blue John that use to carry her and her siblings to school. Later, She moved to Blytheville, Arkansas where she worked at the K-Ration plant during the Korean War, at the Randall Company of Blytheville, Arkansas, and the Sheriff's Department of Mississippi County. She had many roles in life but for her the most important one was always that of being a mother. Birdie believed in family above all things. She loved her family more than anything and dedicated her life to them. As the oldest of her parents' children, she grew up with a sense that the love of family is life's greatest treasure. She gave birth to four children, Monta C. Tyer (maiden name Patterson), Calvin C. Isabell, Aletha D. Isabell and Christopher Isabell all of whom; she loved more than life itself. Later, Alberta married Carl H. Diesing on April 1, 1966 in Blytheville, Arkansas. They moved to New York City in January of 1967 and continued to raise their family there. Carl and Birdie were together for fifty-one years and were married for fifty. She was the love of his life. Birdie loved children and had a natural gift when it came to being loving and patient with them. She raised her grandchildren, Calvin G. Isabell and Cynthia Laverne Raney (maiden name Isabell). Birdie then went on to help raise her Great Granddaughter, Michelle Aletha Lassends (maiden name Isabell). She was a selfless person who always wanted to help others. She taught us all how to love unconditionally and find forgiveness. While life always had its obstacles, Birdie took it all in stride and always found the joy in life. She was a person of great strength and character who persevered when most of us would fall apart. She found joy in the simple things in life like growing tomatoes and flowers in the garden. Birdie loved to cook and sew. She was very good at both. She enjoyed music, especially the Grand Ole Opry. Birdie loved to go to flee markets on the weekends and watch Jeopardy with her husband every night. Most of all, Birdie loved her family near or far and would move mountains for them. Alberta Laverne Diesing will be deeply missed, for there is no one else like her in the world. Alberta is proceeded in death by her parents Saphronia Jane Clay and Albert N. Clay, and her brothers; Cletus Clay, Roy Clay, Harold Clay, and Carl Clay. Alberta is survived by her husband, Carl H. Diesing of Arverne, New York and her siblings: Bethel Stroder of Mer Rouge, LA, Virginia N. Brown Vicksburg, MS, Virgil Clay of Vicksburg, MS, Donna Johnson of Marion, AR, and Gloria Collum of Oakgrove, LA, her sister-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. She is survived by her direct descendants of which include her children, grand children, great grand children and great-great grandchildren. Children: Monta C. Tyer of St. Amant, LA, Calvin C. Isabell of Batesville, AR, Aletha D. Isabell of Arverne NY and Christopher Isabell of Batesville, AR. Grand children: Troy Mahan, Carl Mahan, Chris Tyer, Layla Turner, Calvin Isabell, Joshua Isabell, Cynthia L. Raney, and Jessica Isabell Great Grandchildren: Gwen Mahan, Emily Mahan, Audrey Lacombe, Catherine Kontess, Olivia Mahan, Molly Elisabeth Mahan, Mathew Mahan, Michael Evan Mahan, Kerstie Tyer, Hunter Tyer, Savannah Tyer, Wade Brooks, Gage Turner, Michelle Lassends, Lillyanna Well, Raymond Thomas, Alexis Thomas, Tyler Sparks, Cash Sparks, Isabell Raney, Alanna Raney, Emma Raney Great -Great -Grandchildren : Adrianna Lassends, Layla Lassends, Eli Lacombe Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not works, lest any man should boast." On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman: "For never before in story or rhyme (not even once upon a time) has the world ever known a you, my friend, and it never will, not ever again. Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn on the wonderful, marvelous night you were born."

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