PARET-BOWERS VOWS UNITE OLD FAMILIES
Saturday Night Ceremony Held in Universalist Church at Canon, Georgia.
In an impressive candle-lighted ceremony uniting two pioneer Southwest Louisiana families, Miss Beverly Bowers, of Canon, Ga., and George Lock Paret, Jr., of Lake Charles were to be married at 8:30 o'clock Saturday evening in a ceremony at the Universalist church at Canon, with Dr. William Rainey Bennett as officiating minister.
The church decorations were designed of white gladioli, plumosas fern and fern balls, the scene lighted by candlelight.
"I Love Thee" was selected for the pre-nuptial music, with Miss Ruth Barron as soloist accompanied by Mrs. Chester Hall and Mrs. Clyde McClure, violinists.
The bride's wedding gown was of pure silk antique ivory satin. The tight bodice was designed with a marquisette yoke outlined with seed pearls. The sleeves were leg o'mutton style. The full, gathered skirt extended into a long train.
Her veil was of antique Brussels rosepoint lace designed in a cap effect. Her cascade bouquet of white orchids and valley lilies complimented the ensemble.
Selected as the bride's attendants were her sister, Mrs. William Morris Harlin, of Atlanta, Ga. as matron of honor; as bridesmaids, were Mrs. Hurst Bray Bowers of Mobile, Ala., Mrs.
Lucius Eubanks of Grantville, S. C., Miss Susan Brown of Athens, Ga., Miss Patricia James of Rouston, Ga., Miss Lettie Bond Slaughter of Charlotte, S. C., and Miss Louise Williams of Dalton, Ga.; as candle-lighters, Ruth Osburn of Atlanta, Ga., and Melvin Bowers of Canon, Ga.; and as flower girl, Miss Rosemary Miller of Toccoa, Ga.
The bridesmaids' gowns were duplicate designs in white embroidered organdy over yellow taffeta. The off shoulder neckline formed small cap sleeves.
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Lake Charles American
Press, Tuesday, December 9, 2008, p. A2:
Beverly Bowers Paret
Beverly Bowers Paret, 80, of Lake Charles passed away
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, in her residence with her family
by her side
She was born in Canon, Ga., on July
28, 1928, to Melvin Chapman Bowers and Frances Gray
Bowers. Mrs. Paret was the granddaughter of Fluellen
Hurst Gray, a pioneer of Southwest Louisiana, and had
lived in Lake Charles since her marriage to George Lock
Paret Jr. in 1949. She attended North Georgia Military
College and the University of Georgia and was a member
of Alpha Omega Pi Sorority. Mrs. Paret was
dedicated to her family throughout her life and
contributed to many community causes as a member of The
Junior League, Bayou Chapter of the D.A.R., Episcopal
Church of the Good Shepherd Alter Guild, Lake Charles
Ballet Society, The Planters League, Les Dilettantes,
Imperial Calcasieu Museum and the Krewe of Mystique. She
worked in partnership with The Little Business, Antique
Finders and "Follow the Yellow Ribbon" Estate Sales.
Survivors include her four children,
George Lock Paret III and wife Evelyn Dugas Paret,
Melvin Peck Paret and wife Cane Corwin Paret, Frances
Paret Walker and husband Richard Irl Walker and Beverly
Paret Reddin and husband Bryan Thomas Reddin. Mrs. Paret
is also survived by eight grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren. Her husband, George Lock Paret Jr.
and her parents Frances Gray Bowers and Melvin Chapman
Bowers preceded her in death.
Her memorial service will be at 6:30
p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at The Episcopal Church of the
Good Shepherd. The Rev. Jack Meyers will officiate. A
gathering of family and friends will be from 4 p.m. to 6
p.m. Thursday at the church. Private family graveside
services will be held at a later date in Goos Cemetery
in Lake Charles.
The family would like to send a
special thanks to Hilda Jack and Gayle Foret for the
care "and love" given to Mrs. Paret.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to the Episcopal Church of the
Words of comfort to the family may be
expressed at www.johnsonfuneralhome.net.
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