A Loss to Us All

On November 7, 2014, Michell Bond, my dear friend of many years, died.  She left behind a legacy of extraordinary love for animals, and lived with ten cats and two dogs.  I am adopting the dogs, however, there are ten cats that need to find homes.  I will be posting pictures and descriptions of these cats.  If you want to adopt one (or more), or know someone who does, please get in touch with me.  You can leave a comment here, or email me at barryingram@mac.com, or call or text me at (225) 342-4483.

Here is her obituary:

N. Michell Bond passed away on Friday, November 7, 2014 after a brief illness at age 67. Born Nancy Michell, she was widely known as Michell Bond for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Bond, Jr., and by her parents, Norman and Mary Catherine (Parrish) Michell. She is survived by her dogs Agatha and Sailor, her cats, and “flutterbird”, the survivors of a long line of rescued animals. Michell was born in New Orleans, had close family ties to New Orleans, and attended and graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge in 1965. She also graduated from LSU with a degree in criminal justice. Michell worked for the State of Louisiana and retired after 36 years of service. She worked for many years for the Secretary of State, and her last position was with the Louisiana Department of Insurance, where she worked her way up to become the Director of the Fraud Division. She also earned the designation of Certified Fraud Examiner. After retirement, she went on to get her Private Investigator’s license, and assisted various law enforcement agencies and others in need. Michell was well known in and around the State Capitol building, and had many friends from all walks of life. She could be seen daily at the Capitol Lake, feeding ducks and geese, and any other animals she encountered. She had names for many of them, and could tell you a lot about them. She cared deeply for the wildlife at the lake, and was passionate about animal rights, the environment, preservation and politics. She was also an avid fan of all LSU Tiger sports. After having moved to Addis, LA over 30 years ago, she and her husband promptly re-named the place “Spam Corners”. Michell was truly a remarkable lady, fiercely eccentric, and touched many people’s lives. Following her wish to be cremated, a memorial service will be held at the Capitol Lake near the Court of Appeals on Saturday, December 6th at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, it is asked that memorial donations be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Project Purr, Greenpeace, Southern Poverty Law Center, or other similar organizations.

On the upper right of this blog, under “Recent Posts”, are additional links to the name of each of the cats who need homes with photographs and descriptions.

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