Ligia (Ribas) Ellender

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Ligia Ribas Ellender, 92, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.
She was a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and resident of Houma for 66 years.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until funeral time Monday at St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church, with burial in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery No. 2.
She is survived by her husband, Allen Joseph Ellender Jr., M.D.; sons, Allen Ellender III, of Boise, Idaho, Gerald Ellender and wife, Mary, of Houma, William Ellender, of Houma, Michael Ellender, of Abita Springs, Claude Ellender of Casadero, Calif., Charles Ellender, of Abita Springs, David Ellender and Mary Alison, of Houma, Jules Ellender and wife, Susan, of New Orleans, Frank Ellender and wife, Sandee, of Houma, and Elward Ellender and wife, Margaret, of Houma; daughters, Maria Ellender Florek and husband, Mike, of Kenner, Sister Lucia (Nancy) Ellender, OCD, of Little Rock, Ark., and Carmen Ellender Waitz and husband, David, of Houma; grandchildren, Shannah Ellender, Jessica Ellender, Joshua Ellender, Cory Firmin, Sarah Ellender, Callie Ellender Blalock, Jaime Ellender, Julie Ellender Grice, Ricky Ellender, Andy Florek, Katie Florek, Ashley Ellender Lasseigne, Matthew Ellender, Claire Ellender, Kathryn Ellender, Andrew Ellender, Caroline Ellender, Jack Walsten, Will Walsten, Brian Waitz, Christopher Waitz, Jacob Waitz, Stephen Waitz, Kami Ellender, Carly Ellender, Ian Ellender, William Brennan Ellender, Evan Ellender and Noah Ellender; great-grandchildren, Brooke Ellender, Anakyn Quina, Tate Quina, Sophie Quina, Ava Ellender, Audrey Ellender, Elise Blalock, Alex Blalock, Colin Blalock, Liza Ellender, Emily Grice and Ari Ellender; brother, José Ribas; and longtime family friend and devoted caregiver, Laura Collins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Julio Ribas Salguero and Candida Rivera Ribas; and sister, Carmen Dolores Ribas Rivera Leon.
She attended Sacred Heart High School in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Sacred Heart University in San Juan, Puerto Rico, both run by the RSJC sisters. She served her country in WWII at the 330th station hospital at Borinquen Field (AAC) as a lab technician, where she met her husband. After discharge, they lived in Houma in the Ellender house where her husband was born and raised a large family of 10 boys and three girls.
She was a parishioner and member of the Ladies Altar Society at St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church.
She was a member of the Medical Auxiliary. She had a great devotion to the Catholic faith. She always graced life with enthusiasm and always had a smile. Her greatest joy was cooking and being surrounded by her family. She was a beautiful woman inside and out.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jules Dupont, Bayou Home Care, Monique Trahan, PT and staff and H.L. Haydel Memorial Hospice and her sitters, Dana, Danielle and Pat.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Little Rock, Ark., 7201 West 32nd St., Little Rock, AR 72204-4716.
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Chauvin Funeral Home in Houma is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from Dec. 13 to Dec. 15, 2013
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