Shirley Mae Guillot Guedry was born on Nov. 30, 1922, in Paincourtville, and died Friday, June 14, 2013, at age 90 1/2. She was a longtime resident of Napoleonville.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until funeral time Monday at St. Anne Catholic Church in Napoleonville. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the church, with burial in the church cemetery.
Shirley is survived by her five children: a daughter, Karen Guedry, of Gonzales; four sons, Keith and his wife, Linda, of Napoleonville, Leonard "Len" Jr., of Napoleonville, Paul and his wife, Janice, of Napoleonville, and Neil and his wife, Marsha, of Denham Springs; nine grandchildren, Keith "Kicka" II and Michelle Guedry, of Brusly, Robyn Guedry and Pat Theriot, of Gonzales, Gerry Guedry and Shelley Hooper, of Gonzales, Corey Guedry, of Pineville, Jamie Guedry, of Napoleonville, Dr. Kelly Guedry, of New Orleans, Heather Guedry and Jason Thibodaux, of Napoleonville, and Mitchell Guedry and Kristopher Guedry, of Denham Springs; nine great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Keith "KaCee" III Guedry, of Brusly, Tyler and Patrick Theriot, of Gonzales, Emily and Ashley Guedry, of Pineville, and Ella, Amelia, and Addison Thibodaux, of Napoleonville. Her only remaining sibling, Allen Guillot, and his spouse, Barbara, of Gonzales, also survive Shirley.
She was preceded in death by Leonard, her husband of 64 years; her youngest child, Robin Ann Guedry; granddaughter, Leslie Elaine Guedry; her parents, Paul and Sybil Guillot; and three siblings, Kathlyn Rae Dolese, Gerald Guillot, and Paul Guillot.
She was the third child of Paul E. Guillot Sr. and Sybil Triche. She married Leonard Guedry Sr. of Napoleonville May 17, 1944. Shirley and Leonard had six children: Keith, Karen, Leonard "Len" Jr., Paul, Neil, and Robin, who is deceased.
She attended St. Elizabeth Convent in Paincourtville, and graduated from St. Vincent Institute (now Ascension Catholic High School) in Donaldsonville. She worked as a secretary for Sugar Bowl Gas Company for a few years before her marriage to Leonard Guedry and subsequent move to Daytona Beach, Fla. Upon her return to Napoleonville with her husband and young son, she became a devoted wife and mother. Although she worked as a secretary for Leonard's insurance business, her main focus was caring for her family. Over the years, her hobbies were her Catholic religion, sewing, cooking, and caring for her families and others. She was a member of many local organizations throughout her life. Shirley was a devout Catholic woman. She attended Mass almost daily, prayed for everybody and prayed the rosary every day of the week. She was heavily involved in the local religious education organization and taught catechism to the first communion class of St. Anne Church for more than 30 years.
Landry's Funeral Home in Thibodaux is in charge of arrangements.