Helen Virgie Mary "Nana" Autin, 86, a native of Chackbay, went to be with our Lord Friday, June 7, 2013. Although a lifelong resident of Raceland, she moved to Baton Rouge to be near her beloved daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.
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Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until funeral time Wednesday at St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with burial at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's Nativity Catholic Church Cemetery in Raceland.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, John and Cindy Autin Hartmann; and grandchildren, Brett, Whitney and William Hartmann, all of Baton Rouge.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Whitney "T.B." Autin; mother and stepfather, Dennis and Florisca Ordoyne Thibodaux; father, Albert McElroy; grandparents, Victor and Marie Ordoyne; uncles, Ernest and William "Yom" Ordoyne; and aunt, Mae Ordoyne Vizier.
She was a member of St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. She also loved attending the Southeast Senior Center in Baton Rouge.
Helen, or "Nana" as she was called by many, never met a stranger. She had a zest for life and loved to talk and laugh. She made friends easily and deeply cared for her many friends, listening, laughing and often offering advice and comfort. She was at her best when she was working and helping others. She took care of her uncle, William "Yom," for more than 35 years, with great love and care. Nana was a fixture at St. Jean Vianney's vacation bible school where she loved working beside the moms and with the children. She was also a prayer warrior and spent many hours each day praying for her family, friends and those on the prayer line. Above all, she was devoted to her family and was a loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, godmother, nanny and aunt.
Special thanks goes to her internist, Dr. Cheri LeBlanc, her oncologist, Dr. Gerard Milletello and Peggy Jo Castine and their wonderful nurses and staff, all of whom not only treated her illnesses, but gave her tender loving care. The family would also like to thank STAT Home Health, especially her physical therapist, Lanie, and nurse, Tara, who showed respect and encouraged her to keep getting better. Also, thanks goes to the EMS team who did CPR on her, the Ocshner ER nurses and Dr. Baldrige who showed great compassion on the day of her passing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or St. Jean Vianney Catholic School.
Rabenhorst East Funeral Home in Baton Rouge is in charge of arrangements.
Rabenhorst Funeral Homes East
11000 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from June 10 to June 12, 2013