On a stormy night in Clarence, Louisiana, a baby girl was born to Emile Joseph and Louise Turner Joseph on April 20, 1947. Doris Louise Joseph Singleton was affectionately known as “Stormy,” “Dinkie Mae,” and our beloved “MaDear.” She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age.
She was baptized at the Greenville Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. E. E. Harris, Sr. On January 29, 2022, she transitioned from earth to receive her Heavenly reward: the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised them that love Him.
She was a graduate of Central High School’s (Natchitoches, Louisiana) Class of 1965. Afterwards, she joined the workforce. She was employed at the Louisiana Ammunition Plant (Minden, Louisiana). Later, she returned home to Clarence, Louisiana and began working for Willamette Industries, where she eventually retired. She was united in Holy Matrimony to Judge LeRoy Singleton, who preceded her in death.
She was a person of sharp wit and great humor. Who knew? She was a fashionista before the word became a word. She loved fashion, luxury-linens, and decorating. She was an avid-reader; she loved to read biographies, about history, and about sports legends. She enjoyed and had a deep appreciation for music; Rev. Cleophus Robinson and Rev. Joe Mays were among her favorites.
She was infamously known for her cooking-skills. Everyone in Clarence knew of her reputation to cook for others. She did not just cook; she cooked with love and a desire to use her ability to extend kindness and care. Everyone knew if “Stormy” cooked it, then it was GOOD! Cooking for others was a labor of love for her. She truly had a giving spirit. She ministered to others by cooking for others during their times of sorrow.
She loved to work. She left her children a rock-solid work ethic. She lived a life that demonstrated sacrifice of self, responsibility towards her children, and service to others through her work ethic. Today, her sacrificial work ethic continues to serve as the foundation of her children’s work ethic and her grandchildren are the beneficiaries.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Emile Joseph and Louise Turner Joseph; her brother, James B. Joseph; and her sister, Jerethera Stewart.
She leaves to cherish her memories: five (5) children, Devolyn Kary (Decarlas) of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Anthony Singleton of Clarence, Louisiana, Nebra Singleton of Clarence, Louisiana, Roslyn Singleton of Bossier City, Louisiana, and MonChondria Singleton of Natchitoches, Louisiana; her grandchildren, Shayla Singleton, Isaac Telsede (Melanie), Franki Telsede, Maya Singleton, Kareem Singleton, Amauriah Singleton, and Chanse Singleton; and her great-grandchildren, Teojhanae’ Singleton, Andre Williams, Haley Williams, Harmoni Williams, Nova Telsede, She’Kinya Pipkin, Isaiah Telsdee, Ayvah Telsede, Khloe Telsdee, and Kaleb Telsdee; her siblings, Curtis E. Joseph, Sr. of Clarence Louisiana, Donald H. Joseph (Patricia) of Minden, Louisiana, Mildred D. Joseph of Natchitoches, Louisiana, B.J. Hodge (Reginald) of Bossier City, Louisiana, Sue J. Davis of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Margaret A. Joseph of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and John I. Joseph (Katherine) of Natchitoches, Louisiana; soon-to-come great-granddaughter, Kierlyn Telsede; and a host of nieces and nephews.