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Margie Remedies: Ordinary Woman Leaves Great Legacy | Around The Town

The recent loss of long-time Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Department employee, Mrs. Margie Remedies, has deeply moved those who knew her.  “Mrs. Margie”, as she was affectionately called by many, not only left a legacy to her family, but she also left her fingerprints on every heart that she touched.

Mrs. Margie worked various jobs throughout her life, but her latest and perhaps her most-loved career was at the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Department where she worked in the dispatch office.  During her time there, she dispatched many officers around the parish. She loved each deputy, fireman and first responder and they loved her.  Mrs. Margie was a friend, mother and the face of inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing her.

One interesting thing about Mrs. Margie is that she was the backbone of the Sabine parish 911 system when it was initiated.  She was instrumental in helping to map out the parish and put into computer format. She knew every road, every trail, every back road and spent untold hours drawing maps and naming roads. She directed many deputies and officers down the lesser-known roads of the parish so that they could respond to calls.  There wasn’t a location in the parish that she wasn’t familiar with. Her wit, her smile and her cooking kept many law enforcement officers going during difficult shifts.

Mrs. Margie grew up poor but she was rich in spirit, heart and compassion.  This tiny lady had fire, wit and a faith that not only kept her going, but also inspired those around her to keep going. Many times, Mrs. Margie came close to death but rallied back.  Never complaining, she always had a smile.  When life gave her lemons, she made lemonade for all to share. Those who knew her trusted her judgment and wisdom and often asked for her advice.

Mrs. Margie loved deeply and her most passionate love was her faith and trust in God. She was a faithful member of Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Many since she was a child and attended St John’s School from 1948-1951. She lived her faith in every person she met and in everything she did each and every day.  Mrs. Margie said many, many times:  “I love my church and I love my church family.”  Even with her physical limitations the past few years, she attended church and church functions regularly.

Mrs. Margie shared a close bond with her twin sister, Arlis Reigle of Baltimore.  She loved traveling and traveled to almost every state in the country as well as several provinces in Canada with her sister and brother-in-law. She loved a cup of hot tea, peas and pepper, black coffee, teapots, reading, and her family— both blood and blue.

A few months ago, when Arlis’s husband passed away, Mrs. Margie was on a plane to Baltimore to be with her sister even though she had just been discharged from rehab a few hours earlier. Her strength and determination not only kept her going, but inspired others to keep going as well.

Graveside services for this special woman were held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Mr. James & Mrs. Minnie Semons; her husband, Ben L. Remedies; and her brother-in-law, James Reigle . Those left behind to cherish her memory are her daughter, Anna Salley & husband, Robert of Bossier City, LA; and her sister, Arlis

Reigle of Baltimore, MD. In addition, she leaves behind 3 grandchildren: Leslie Salley, Erin Salley, and Brandon Salley all of Bossier City, LA along with a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and other relatives.

No doubt, Mrs. Margie has left great fingerprints on the hearts of those who were fortunate to know her.  What a legacy to leave behind!

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