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Virginia Slaughter Deas

May 17, 1931 ~ August 10, 2021 (age 90)


Virginia Slaughter Deas (Ginger) passed away on August 10, 2021. She was born on May 17, 1931, in Memphis, Tennessee to Aurelia Walsh Slaughter and Orester Verd Slaughter. Her family moved to Shreveport, Louisiana when she was a small child. Ginger attended South Highlands, Byrd High School, Southwestern in Memphis (now Rhodes College) where she pledged Kappa Delta Sorority. After her freshman year, Ginger transferred to LSU. She was presented by Holiday In Dixie and the Demoiselle Club.

On December 26, 1951, Ginger married Rutledge H. Deas, Jr. in Shreveport at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans. They lived there until 1961 when the family moved to Lafayette, Louisiana. She lived in Lafayette for 55 years spending her time rearing her 5 children and volunteering and teaching art at The Academy of the Sacred Heart – where her girls went to school. Ginger was a member of the Krewe of Gabriel and also loved duck hunting at Lake Arthur with her friends and had many travel adventures.

Ginger and her husband, Rut spent over 40 summers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She introduced her girls to the joy of fly fishing and her boys to skiing. Many of her friends followed her there and, together, they made many wonderful memories. She loved to hike and fly fish in her beloved Tetons, forming a ladies fly fishing group "The Fly Girls" which continues to this day.

After the loss of her husband, she moved to Houston and resided at The Hallmark, where she made many friends and was shown much love and attention.

Ginger was an avid LSU Tiger fan. She saw Billy Cannon make his famous run on Halloween night in 1959. Before LSU games were televised, she listened on the radio and would draw the game play by play on graph paper. Her most passionate feelings may have been for LSU Baseball and fulfilled a dream to go to Omaha to the college World Series and watch her Tigers Play.

She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, John Edward Slaughter and her husband, Rutledge H. Deas Jr.

She is survived by her five children, Kathryn Deas Overstreet (Garland) of Hendersonville, NC, John Edward Deas of LeHigh Acres, Florida, Brigette Deas Larson (Chris) of Houston, Rutledge H. Deas III (Rusty) of Houston, and Virginia Deas Hicks (Bunny) of Columbia, SC.

She has 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and leaves behind a legacy of a love of the outdoors, fly fishing and Camps Green Cove and Mondamin in the NC mountains for her grandchildren to enjoy.

Her children would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the following for taking excellent care of Ginger over the years: Marie Simon, Merlene Ruffin, Ericka Ferrioli, Edith Elias, Maria Ocanas and all of the staff at the Hallmark that showed her boundless love and attention.

A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Michaels Chapel at The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, 939 Jordan Street, Shreveport, Louisiana on Saturday, August 14th, at 1:00pm. Masks required in the Chapel. A burial will follow at Forest Park Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to: Camps Mondamin and Green Cove

Chief and Calla Scholarship Fund, P.O. 1192, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or St. Judes Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38106.

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Funeral Mass
August 14, 2021

1:00 PM
St. John Berchmans (St. Michaels Chapel, Jordan Street, Shreveport, Louisiana)

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