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August 1, 1040 – February 16, 2022

Ouida and one of her Matlese friends

Ouida was born August 1, 1940, to the late John D. and Juanita Warren Landreth. A 1958 graduate of Meridian High School, she developed life-long friendships with her classmates, staying in touch with them throughout the years. Ouida graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and an English Minor at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi in 1977. She was a gifted poet and won awards for her writing while in college. While at the University of Mississippi, her talent earned her the 1976 Duiguid Fellowship award of $5,000.

She earned a Master of Science degree in Judicial Administration at the University of Denver Law School in 1978. She began her judicial career in 1964 as a legal secretary for Will A. Hickman, Oxford, Mississippi, and later she worked as a legal clerk for the US Attorney, Oxford, MS from 1969 to 1975. Ouida began her post-graduate career as Administrative Assistant to the Circuit Executive for the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

She loved dogs and fostered many throughout the years but held a special love for her Maltese rescues. Ouida was known for her happy and joyful spirit. She enjoyed social engagements and gatherings with her friends and was able to find the fun in any situation. One of Ouida’s most treasured memories was of the Holy land cruise she took with her mother. Her Catholic faith brought great joy and peace into her life. As a member of the Order of Franciscan Secular, Ouida exemplified the commitment daily to, “show others that we are followers of the Gospel, by setting a good example and striving to be peacemakers in our society and within our own families.” For many years, she was the editor and writer of a Franciscan pamphlet, “Our Lady of the Pearl”, Pearlington, Mississippi.

Visit Ouida’s Blog Site: The Way of the Souls Desire, http://thewayofthesoulsdesire.wordpress.com/

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