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In Memory of

Fanny Louise Starns

December 11, 1923 - May 14, 2017

Obituary


A life well lived, always loving and faithful, worthy of celebration and recognition. Fanny was born on December 11, 1923, in Hattiesburg, MS, the fourth of five children of Fred and Emma Starns. The family moved to Livingston Parish in 1925, in order to care for family, which began a life of service to others that would not end until May 14, 2017. Fanny was called to mission life while at a youth conference at Ridgecrest, NC, in July 1944. Not knowing how Christ would provide for her, she put her faith in the Lord...

A life well lived, always loving and faithful, worthy of celebration and recognition. Fanny was born on December 11, 1923, in Hattiesburg, MS, the fourth of five children of Fred and Emma Starns. The family moved to Livingston Parish in 1925, in order to care for family, which began a life of service to others that would not end until May 14, 2017. Fanny was called to mission life while at a youth conference at Ridgecrest, NC, in July 1944. Not knowing how Christ would provide for her, she put her faith in the Lord and became the first in her family to graduate from college at Louisiana College in Pineville. She then moved to California for employment with a church before attending the Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, where she earned her Master's degree. In 1955, she was appointed as a Missionary in Bangkok, Thailand, where she faithfully served for 35 years founding churches and overseeing finances for all missions in Asia during some of the most tumultuous times in recent history. She lovingly served refugees and all persons who needed assistance. In 1988, she "retired" to Baton Rouge where she continued to serve with Victoria Baptist Church, which then assisted the Laotian community, which later became the Vietnamese Hope Baptist Church. She was a devoted Christian whose favorite Bible passage was Romans, Chapter 8, which summarizes her life. Although she never married, she always loved children and took pride in their accomplishments. Her family was much larger than biological. She loved, and was loved by many worldwide, particularly those in the Asian Community to which she devoted her life. She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Emma Starns; sisters, Alma Beard and Mildred Taylor; brothers, Willard and Robert Starns. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, whom she adored and cousin, Claudia Delahaye. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from 10:00AM until the time of funeral service at 12:00PM. Service will be conducted by Pastor Vinh Nguyen and burial will immediately follow at Greenoaks Memorial Park. Memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Lottie Moon Mission Fund, online or at P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230-0767 or Vietnamese Hope Baptist Church, 7133 Greenwell Springs Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70805. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at www.greenoaksfunerals.com. Well done, good and faithful servant. May peace be with you.