She loved deeper than anyone else we know. Gabrielle Lana Crockett departed this life on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the age of 26. She was born August 15, 1996, in Covington, Louisiana to Gary and Lynda Crockett.
She spent her early years in her beloved Bogalusa attending Annunciation Catholic School. When she moved to Alexandria, she attended Our Lady of Prompt Succor and graduated from Holy Savior Menard High School as a Bishop Greco Scholar. She continued her education at Louisiana Tech where she received both her undergraduate and a Masters of Business Administration. She then became a dedicated loyal blue employee at Louisiana Tech in the University Communications Department.
Gabrielle was a follower of Christ. She lived out Ephesians 4:1, ‘…Live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called [that is, to live a life that exhibits Godly character, moral courage, personal integrity, and mature behavior—a life that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation]. Gabrielle put Christ first in her life and nurtured that relationship in many ways. Church and ministry were important to Gabrielle, so she was always involved in her student, college, or young adult ministries, as well as music ministries. Quite the vocalist, she sang with many worship teams. Within these faith-based groups she developed deep friendships with likeminded peers and gained mentorship and adoration from leaders and older adults. She served on numerous mission trips and volunteer efforts to aid those in need and to spread the message of salvation.
Gabrielle had a zest for life! She was witty, adventurous, and spirited. If she was ‘in,’ than she was ‘ALL-IN!’ You could expect her full participation in events, competitions, and even dress-up themes. Her enthusiasm was contagious, and she was always up for trying something new. She never met a stranger and made everyone feel as if they were her best friend. Over her lifetime, Gabrielle primarily lived in three locations: Bogalusa, Alexandria, and Ruston, Louisiana. In each community she shared her ‘spunk’ for life and cultivated lifelong friendships, leaving her invaluable mark wherever she was.
Even though Gabrielle was easily labeled as the most fun person in the room, she somehow managed to also be the most mature. Gabrielle was wise beyond her years and possessed a keen sense of purpose and responsibility. She carried herself with equal parts confidence and humility. Gabrielle was self-driven and succeeded in education as a scholar. She also flourished in the professional world, working at her alma mater, Louisiana Tech.
Besides her relationship with Christ, her most important relationship was with her parents. Gabrielle loved her parents and the three of them valued spending time together. Her mom was her best friend, confidant, and cheerleader. Although 26 years old, Gabrielle still enjoyed being ‘Daddy’s little girl’ and his favorite date to sporting events – especially anything LSU! As a family, their favorite activity was traveling together on trips and making wonderful memories. Gabrielle had a large extended family whom she adored and enjoyed visiting.
She was a bright light known as ‘Gabby’, ‘Gabs’, ‘Gabeaux’, or Gabrielle. We will never understand why her earthly life was cut short, but we trust in God’s sovereignty. We know she was a vessel of God’s love and joy, and her light will continue to shine brightly through all of the lives and ministries she has touched.
Gabrielle was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Mildred and Wilfred Crockett, aunts Patricia Lynn Strickland and Lana Gayle Crockett, and her maternal grandparents Arthur and Gail Lemane.
She is survived by her parents Gary and Lynda Crockett. She is also survived by numerous aunts and uncles and many loving cousins.
Pallbearers will be Nicholas Brennan, James Michael Brennan, Tim Gregoire, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Nicholas Leonard, Matthew Leonard, Andrew Leonard, and Joshua Core. Honorary Pallbearers are Shane and Chris Strickland, and Chris and Austin Darden. Her Honorary Junior Pallbearer is Hayden Crockett.
We will start visitation on Friday, March 17, 2023, at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home in Bogalusa, Louisiana from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. A Celebration of Gabrielle’s life will be on Saturday, March 18, 2023, with visitation starting at 10:00 am with the service starting at 12:00 pm noon. Interment will follow at Hillview Memorial Gardens in Bogalusa, Louisiana.