More than 50 family members and friends gathered Sunday to dedicate a live oak tree to a former neighbor who they called a pillar of the Hundred Oaks community.
The live oak tree was dedicated to Elizabeth “Danie” Miller Singleton, 89, who died Nov. 20. The tree was planted on a median at Reymond Avenue and replaced one that was lost during Hurricane Gustav in 2008.
Jean Comeaux, who organized the dedication, said a marble plaque that reads “For our beloved neighbor Danie Singleton” will be placed near the tree.
The Rev. Mark Holland, of St. James Episcopal Church, delivered the dedication Sunday.
Holland said Singleton knew everybody.
“She was Facebook before Facebook was ever cool,” Holland said.
Comeaux said the neighborhood rallied to keep Singleton in her Edward Avenue home that she lived in for more than 60 years after she lost her driver’s license.
“In an effort to keep her in her home and not have her go to assisted living, we just all started taking care of her,” Comeaux said.
Comeaux said the idea to plant a live oak and dedicate it to her former neighbor came to her while she walked through the neighborhood after Singleton’s funeral.
She approached other neighbors with her idea at a community Christmas party and received an “overwhelming response.”
After the dedication, John Miller, Singleton’s nephew, said he was “touched, but not surprised” to see the neighborhood come together to honor Singleton.
“You always felt better when you left her than when you arrived,” he said.