Lanell Theodora Clark Eden was born October 21, 1975 to Kenneth Stroughter and Mamie Elizabeth Clark-Henry. She was raised by her paternal grandparents Dolores and Richard Stroughter Jr. with the help of her three aunts Cheryl, Fay and Adrienne. Lanell was educated in the New Orleans Public School system and is a graduate of McDonogh 35 High School and Dillard University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Public Health Administration. Lanell was a person who never met a stranger. She was rarely seen without a large smile on her face and loved family gatherings. She was a member of First Street United Methodist Church in her early years but later moved to Blessings Beyond International Church where she began her courtship with Rev. B Lance Eden. She worked in her church joining the choir the Women of Witness and the Youth Ministry and where ever she felt needed. Lanell faced many struggles in her life, first with the loss of her first born Shawn Clark, then the loss of her beautiful daughter Jade Angelique Clark. Happiness seemed to finally come to her when she married her love Rev. B. Lance Eden in August of 2016 but as life would have it her struggles were not finished. Shortly after her marriage Lanell was diagnosed and began her fight with cancer. Although the battle was hard and she endured much pain Lanell's smile shined through. She often found herself comforting and encouraging others. Lanell worked for Walgreens, the City of New Orleans Epidemiology Dept. and Tulane University Hospital. Katrina took her to Dallas, Texas for a short time where she worked for Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital. Missing family and friends she returned home to New Orleans and taught at St Mary's Academy, Sophie B. Wright Schools but returned to Tulane University Hospital. One of Lanell's favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 2:9 ""What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him. One of Lanell's favorite songs that helped her along her journey is "You know my name" by Tasha Cobbs Leonard. She is preceded in death by her mother Mamie Clark, her children Shawn and Jade Clark and a sister Kevanna Henry. She leaves to mourn her husband Reverend B Lance Eden, father Kenneth Stroughter, In laws Bertrand Eden and Antoinette Eden-McClain, brothers Lonon R Clark (April), Johann Clark, sisters Tieyorka Henry and Amber Moran. Aunts Cheryl Young, Adrienne James, Fay Haynes (Jerome Sr.) and Dora Lott (Rodney). Nephews Alajh and Elijah Clark, Travond Eden and niece Tyesha Eden. Special cousins Richard Young, Ariel Warner, Jerome Haynes, Jr., Andrea Gant, Brianne Haynes, Alyssa Lockett, Diamond Haynes and a host of other family and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life at Lawless Memorial Chapel, Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70122, on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. Visitation begins at 8:00 A.M. Interment: Porter Cemetery, Slidell, LA.
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