Mary Nell Lott

Profile Updated: March 4, 2012
Residing In: Natchitoches, LA USA
Spouse/Partner: very happily single last 27 years
Occupation: retired
Children: Kelley, born '66; twins, Bret and Bart, born '70
Attending 50 Year Reunion (05/18/12)



Info and pictures are in no particular order except as they came to me from memory lane or the picture box.

Taught Computer Literacy for Teachers - NSU Grad School; taught Computer Applications, Coordinated Space Science Group - NSU; taught Gifted Classes, Natchitoches/Caddo Parishes; regular classroom, all subjects K-8.

At one point, (can't remember dates), I worked in the women's movement for a while -- organizing marches, boycotts, consciousness-raising groups, etc. (Why am I reminded of Al Sharpton as I write this?) Glad that phase didn't last long.

Another time I wanted to learn politics from the inside and went to work as a fundraiser in Edwin Edwards gubernatorial campaign. Raised lots of money (piece o'cake) and he won the election. When I learned that politics is little more than raising and spending money, I lost interest in that too.

Before getting back in education, I worked as a claims representative about 3 years for Aetna. I took this job for a couple of reasons. They furnished all the adjustors with a car and I needed a car. And also because I had known people who, not only got away with murder and arson, but actually profitted financially from it. I wondered how it was that an insurance company would pay a fire claim when "everybody" knew it was arson. What I learned was that they may "know" it was arson too, but if it can't be proven in court, they have to pay the claim.

DUH! on me. I hope nobody else in this class is as naive as I was. Pretty much wasted 3 years career wise.

I worked as Shirley McLaine's stand-in, in the movie, "Steel Magnolias". It was interesting to see how movies were made and to learn that movie stars are just like everybody else, but I wouldn't want to do it again. That once satisfied any curiousity I may have had about show business.

Certified yoga teacher. Spent 3 months at an ashram in Northern California Sierra-Nevada mountains getting certified. Practice it every day. Haven't been to dr. in decades and have none of the chronic problems, aches & pains that people our age are getting.

Vegetarian for last 27 years. As much as Bill Clinton likes Big Macs, if he can switch to a plant-based diet, anybody can. My research and experience show this is the healthiest way to far!

Frequent trips to India - highlights of my life.

School Story:

This is not a high school story, but an early memory of Hampton Carver's mother inviting a few of his classmates to their house for bridge lessons, sometime during elementary school. The game did not click with me then, but during my baby-making years I was a stay-at-home mom and needed something to keep my mind from going mushy so I took up party bridge.

I was a member of several bridge clubs when I got pregnant the 2nd time. Because it was a 7 month pregnancy, no ultra-sound was done (maybe they didn't have it back then), and the Dr. could only feel one and hear one heartbeat (they were positioned one behind the other), I didn't know I was having twins until afterward.

I remember going into labor and the next thing I remember is being wheeled on a gurney into an elevator by 2 nurses. I heard one of them say, "Boy, is she going to be surprised when she wakes up and finds out how many she had!" I was awake enough to know they were talking about me and almost afraid to ask, imagining a litter or something, but as soon as I could talk, I asked "how many DID I have?" They told me I had 2 boys - a little small (4 & 5 lbs.) but assured me they were o.k.

Later that afternoon, I got a telegram from a couple of bridge-playing buddies, Glenelle Pearce Brown (2 years ahead of us in school), and Carolyn Roy, (now editor of Natchitoches Times). It read "CONGRATULATIONS! You bid one and made two!"

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Posted on: Sep 27, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Charlotte, in case you haven't heard, 70 is the new 50, so happy 50th birthday ! I feel like we have packed many more years in our time here than the calendar shows. Life is good - and very exciting.!!!

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Jan 19, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Beautiful family ! Great pictures. I join you in your happiness and also never dreamed I could be this happy. Life is good ! ! !

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Mary Nell (Nana), son Bart, grandson Taylor
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Mom and Bret, oldest 4 minutes

It was fun watching twins grow up. I love how they've always been able to read each others mind and had their own language.

Moms schedule playdates now like business appointments, but back then you knew everybody in the neighborhood and could let your kids roam within certain boundaries. Bret and Bart usually played together, but if they happened to split up, I would hear the Tarzan yell back and forth between them at intervals - their way of checking in with each other.

Bart has weighed less from the start, but being the dominant-aggressive twin, he always got his way. Gentle, kind-hearted Bret let himself get run over until they got in high school and he started power-lifting and playing football. One day Bart pushed him too far and he turned into the Incredible Hulk. Bart ran for his life. That was the turning point in their relationship.

I've read that twins are the closest of all human relationships. I believe it!
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Kelley and Tony have been very happily married for 15 years and live in Huntington Beach, CA with their kids, Dennis and Emmie (see below).

Tony is a geologist and Senior Project Manager with Insight Environmental, Engineering and Construction, Inc. He went to college on a wrestling scholarship and, at almost 50, still looks like a wrestler.

Kelley is Divisional Field Services Coordinator with Muscular Dystrophy Association. She is the senior accountant and trains people in her division on new accounting software and other programs.

They love living in CA because of all the fun things they still enjoy -- hiking, camping, mountain biking, swimming, boating, rollerblading and skiing. For their 1st date 20 years ago, they went skydiving.

They call themselves "road-warriors" and when they travel, it's usually on the road. Since Kelley's job covers such a big region, she has to fly a lot and has tons of frequent-flyer miles that she shares with me. Sweet Baby Girl.
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Bart lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Karli. They have 2 cats - Truffle, a Katrina rescue kitty that they adopted and Mo-Jo Jo-Jo, a stray that adopted them.

Bart is loan officer, mortgage broker, co-owner, managing partner, and Vice-President of U.S. Capitol Corp. a financial services firm in BR. He is also a top-seeded men's tennis player.

Michelle is Enterprise Change Manager for PHNS Inc., a company that provides information technology and business process services to hospitals, healthcare providers and other businesses across the United States.

Karli goes to the Baptist school and is a very talented young artist & photographer. See latest photo below.