Elaine Elias Thomas
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at a 1:00 PM Mass of Christian Burial in Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lafayette, for Elaine Elias Thomas who died peacefully surrounded by family at her Lafayette residence at age 91.
Entombment will be in Holy Family Cemetery Mausoleum in New Iberia, LA.
Reverend Monsignor Keith DeRouen, Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Opelousas, Louisiana will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Concelebrant will be Reverend Chester Arceneaux, Rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, Louisiana. Lectors will be Christine Word and Ed Thomas, Jr. Giftbearers will be Pauline Gerami, Helaine Dunbar, Loretta Thomas, Margarette Moreau and Lois Melancon. Jodi Bollich and Dave Domingue, vocalists, accompanied on the organ by Kevin Martin, trumpet by Wil Green and violin by Lauren Baker, will sing for the services "Here I Am, Lord", "Shepherd Me O God", "Ave Maria", "Panis Angelicus" and "Pie Jesu".
A native of New Iberia, Louisiana, she lived over forty years in Jackson, Mississippi after marrying Edward Thomas of Jackson.
An alumna of SLI (now ULL), she was an elementary school teacher for over 20 years and later a high school guidance counselor in New Iberia prior to her marriage. She earned a Master's Degree in Education from USL. Her early education was at Mt. Carmel Academy in New Iberia, class of 1938, with whom she maintained a lifelong friendship circle.
Family ties and her Catholic faith were the themes of her life. She had six stepchildren, fifteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren and was considered to be a second mother by her nine nieces and nephews. Her strength of character was an example to them all.
She enjoyed world travel with her husband. She contributed her time and talents in her church as Lector, Eucharistic Minister and member of the Choir and Altar Society. She continued the traditions of her Lebanese heritage through food and family entertaining. She played bridge and golf and loved reading the works of the mystic Lebanese poet, Kahlil Gibran. She moved to Lafayette in 2007 to share her final years with her sisters and was a parishioner of Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
She was preceded in death by her husband of thirty-six years, Edward Thomas; her mother, Nazira Sliman Elias; her father, Elias Elias; her brother, Harold Elias and another brother, Richard, who died in childhood; a stepson, Clifton Thomas; and her sister, Margarette Kennedy.
She is survived by her sister, Mae Helen Ackal; five stepchildren; fourteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Her stepchildren and their spouses include, Ed and Mary Evelyn Thomas of Jackson, Ms., Barbara Ann and Kaleel Salloum of Gulf Port, Ms., Dolores and Curtis Ulmer of Jackson, Loretta and George Holmes of Jackson, Douglas and Buffie Thomas of Jackson and a daughter-in-law, Christine Bowab Thomas Gil of Jackson.
A loving memory of "Aunt Elaine" will be kept by her nieces and nephews: Margarette Ackal Moreau, Pauline Ackal Gerami, Mitch Ackal, Jr., Gabe Ackal, Mae Helen Ackal Breaux, Christine Kennedy Word, Sammy Kennedy, Helaine Kennedy Dunbar, and Lois Kennedy Melancon, as well as their families.
Pallbearers will be Gabe Ackal, Mitch Ackal, Jr., George Holmes, Bobby Gil, Sammy Kennedy, Kaleel Salloum, Douglas Thomas, Ed Thomas, Jr. and Curtis Ulmer.
The family requests that visitation be observed in Martin & Castille's DOWNTOWN location on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 9:00 AM until time of service.
A Rosary will be prayed on Wednesday at 11:00 AM by Brady LeBlanc in Martin & Castille Funeral Home.
The family would like to express heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to "Miss Elaine's" excellent caregivers and for the staff of Garden View Assisted Living. They were loving, devoted, supportive and kind.
View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com
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Published in Clarion Ledger on Aug. 5, 2014