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Mary Helen Guillot

Ferris Peterson

Shreveport, LA - A mass celebrating the life of Mary Helen Guillot Ferris Peterson, will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Thursday, July 5 at 1 P.M. Officiating will be Monsignor Earl Provenza, assisted by Fr. Joseph Nasser. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery.

Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, passed away at Christus Highland Schumpert on Monday, July 2, 2012, surrounded by her adoring family, after a brief, but courageous battle with lupus. For 52 days, Mary Helen fought so bravely for her life with the same energy and zest which we all know defined her. She set a wonderful example to her children and grandchildren of faith, loyalty, and dignity. Mary Helen, a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church, was a devout Catholic known for her perpetual novenas to St. Jude.

Visitation will be held at Osborn Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 4, from 5-7 PM. A rosary will begin at 7 P.M. in the chapel.

Mary Helen was born on October 8, 1935 in New Orleans, LA. She was a resident of Shreveport for sixty-two years. Mary Helen attended Dominican High School in New Orleans, LA. She attended Centenary College, where she met and married her first husband and father of her five children, Albert Anthony Ferris, Sr., who predeceased her. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Helen Barone and George Guillot, Sr.

Mary Helen is survived by her husband, Russell Cotter Peterson. She is also survived by children, Judy Barro, Bert and Kerry Ferris, Linda and Mark Eason, Cindy and Stan Rogers, Scott and Kelly Ferris; and stepsons, Scott, Clay, and David Peterson. She is survived by grandchildren, Justin and Jennifer Eason, Julie Barro, Jennifer and Kaelen Jakes, Ferris and Drew Anderson, Megan and Jacob Stewart, Jacob Eason, Russell and Laci Peterson, Travis and Kelly Peterson, Haley, Emily, and Cabot Rogers, Christopher and Daniel Ferris, and Lexie, Jack, and Laynee Ferris; and great grandchildren, Xavier Eason, Ford and Tripp Anderson, and Russell, Haley, Lily and Ella Peterson. Siblings include George and Linda Guillot, Ronnie Guillot, Kenny and Sandy Guillot, Tricia and Buz Jones, and Rocky and Cindy Guillot. Mary Helen is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary Helen was a loyal employee for Zadeck Energy Group for thirty years. She enjoyed playing cards, watching movies, cooking, dancing, cruises, shopping, and going to the casino. However, Mary Helen's favorite times were spent entertaining her children and grandchildren. She never missed a dance recital, a ball game, a school performance, or a birthday party. Mimi, as she was affectionately called by her grandchildren, was the ultimate grandmother. It was always a treat to spend the night at Mimi's and play games and cards with her. She was not only our Mimi, but known as Mimi to all of our friends and extended family.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons Justin Eason, Jacob Eason, Christopher Ferris, Cabot Rogers, Daniel Ferris, and Jackson Ferris.

The family requests that memorials be made to , the Lupus Foundation of America, or a .

The family would like to express our sincere appreciation to the doctors and nurses at Christus Highland Schumpert for their devotion and compassion to our mother and to us during this difficult time.

We were fortunate to have the most unselfish human being as our mom. She has left us with a legacy of unconditional love and family values. Although we will miss her terribly, we know there's a star shining a little brighter in Heaven looking down on each of us. We love you forever, Mom.


Published in Shreveport Times from July 3 to July 5, 2012
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