Iona Martin Boquet, a resident of Bourg, passed away Thursday evening, May 16, 2013, at her home. Boquet, 81, was the firstborn of eight children of Thomas Martin Jr. and Lena Verret Martin of Little Caillou. She married Lloyd Louis Boquet Sr. in March 1951.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Bourg and will continue from 10 a.m. until funeral time Tuesday at the church. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Iona is survived by her four children, Louis Boquet, and his wife, Lisa, Lloyd Boquet Jr., Louise Boquet Lugibihl and husband, Rodney, and Lisa Boquet Ranney and husband, Robert; seven grandchildren, Jeremy Boquet, Tara Lugibihl Detiveaux, Jaime Lugibihl Dishman, Jonathan Lugibihl, Dr. Nathan Ranney, Dr. Jesse Ranney, and Alicia Ranney; five great-grandchildren, Eli Dishman, Aden Dishman, Isabella Dishman, Lucille Dishman, and Evan Lugibihl; brothers, Francis Martin (Connie), Elias "Gabby" Martin (Norma), Ruffin Martin (Mary Lee), and Thomas Martin III (Rosalyn).
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Louis Boquet Sr.; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Martin Jr.; sister, Marlin Neil; brothers, Reuben and Roland Martin; and one grandchild, Rusty Boquet.
Raised as the daughter of farmers, Iona loved the land and cultivating vegetables. Even late in her life, she could often be found in her yard, planting vegetables and tending her personal garden. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family. It brought her great joy to find distant relations and discover connections between people and family that no one else knew existed.
She was raised speaking French and learned English when she started first grade. In her last years of life, she spent her time teaching French to her great-grandchildren and telling them stories of times long ago that made up her many memories.
Chauvin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.