Evelyn F. Berard
OPELOUSAS - Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Melancon Funeral Home Opelousas Chapel for Mrs. A. L. Berard, age 87, the former Evelyn Forbes, who passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 1:37 a.m. at Opelousas General Health System in Opelousas.
Interment will be in Bellevue Memorial Park in Opelousas. The Rev. Perry Hubbs, pastor of First Baptist Church of Opelousas, will officiate at the services.
Mrs. Berard was a native of Baton Rouge and a resident of Opelousas since 1949. She was a parishioner of First Baptist Church in Opelousas for 63 years during which time she served as secretary, librarian, choir member, historian, Sunday School teacher and was a prayer warrior. Her family and her church were her life. Mrs. Berard was President of PTA at Market Street Elementary for several years and worked for Opelousas Junior High School as a secretary for 20 years.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, A. L. Berard of Opelousas; one son, David Berard and his wife, Janice, of Lawtell; three daughters, Cat MacDiarmid of Lafayette, Christine Berard of Youngsville and Denise Berard Morse of Opelousas; five grandchildren, Meadow Mestayer and her husband, Robert, Ty Berard and his wife, Courtney, Caleb Morse and his wife, Jackie, Zachery Morse and Gaven Morse and his wife, Mandy; five great grandchildren, Noah MacDiarmid, Isaac Morse, Remington Morse, Amelia Morse, and Addalynn Morse; and one sister, Aline Aguillard and her husband, Godwin of Greenwell Springs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. A. D. Forbes, mother the former, Nancy Roberta McDowell; and two sisters, Ruby Truax and Jewel Forbes.
The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday and will continue from 8:00 a.m. until service time on Tuesday.
Pallbearers will be Ty Berard, Zachery Morse, Gaven Morse, Robert Mestayer, Noah MacDiarmid and Jamie Aguillard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mrs. Evelyn Berard's name may be made to The Youth Ministry at The First Baptist Church of Opelousas, 3835 I-49 South Service Rd., Opelousas, LA 70570.
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Melancon Funeral Home of Opelousas, 4708 I-49 North Service Road, (337) 407-1907, is in charge of arrangements.