Memorial Services for Barbara Ellen Costa, 66, of West Monroe, LA, will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 20, 2022, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home, West Monroe with Rev. Art Beebe officiating.
Barbara Ellen Costa, loving wife and mother of two, passed away in the early hours of August 31, 2022, at the age of 66.
Known as “Ellen” to her family and friends, she was born in 1955 to James and Robbie Finch and grew up surrounded by her large family of four sisters and one brother. She graduated from Ouachita Parish High School in 1974 and began working at JCPenney in Monroe until she retired after 42 years. She met her husband, Mike, in 1990 and started a family of her own, distinguishing herself as a generous, kind and loving mother. Drawing on her skill as an artist, Ellen loved drawing, crafting, painting, and building wooden yard decorations and furniture such as tables and bookshelves. She was known to always have her camera ready to capture a memory at a party, family gathering, or of her boys playing at home. She supported her sons in everything they did and never missed an opportunity to watch them play ball. In retirement, she enjoyed watching country music concerts on TV with her husband, visiting with her friends at the library, and eating dinner with her boys on Friday nights. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. Her presence will be deeply missed.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Robbie Finch; and two sisters, Pamela Finch and Julie Finch.
Survivors include her husband, Mike Costa; two sons, Joe Mike and Taylor Costa; brother, Jimmy Finch and wife, Marilyn; sisters, Cindy Lebrun and husband, Norman, and Lori Finch; special niece, Ashley Newell; and numerous nieces and nephews.