Lewana (Wagner) Broussard

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Funeral services for Mrs. Lewana Wagner Broussard will be held at First Baptist Church of Sulphur at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 11, 2010. Dr. David Holder will officiate. Burial will be in Big Woods Cemetery under the direction of Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation at the funeral home will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.
Mrs. Broussard was born in Ridge, Louisiana on June 14, 1918. Her family moved to Sulphur where her father worked as a rice farmer and a school bus driver. She graduated from Sulphur High School at age 15. After high school, she earned a Two Year Teaching Certificate from Southwest Louisiana Institute in Lafayette, Louisiana. She began her teaching career at age 17 in Starks, Louisiana where some of her students were older than she. During her tenure of service in Starks, she also served as the boys basketball coach due to the war and lack of male educators.
She married Melvin L. Broussard on February 8, 1946, and they made their home in Sulphur.
She taught at Sulphur High School, Frasch Elementary School, and was a member of the first faculty at W.W. Lewis Junior High School when it opened in 1959. She retired from teaching in 1970 after more than 30 years of service.
Her most fulfilling years were spent working in the nursery at First Baptist Church of Sulphur. Her favorite pastime was loving her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Many called her Grandmother, but her first grandchild changed her name to "Grandmubber" – a change she readily encouraged with the rest of her grandchildren.
She lived an unassuming life of service to her family and church and quietly left this life in the early hours of August 7, 2010.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman H. Wagner and Hattie Belle Foreman Wagner of Sulphur, Louisiana; her brothers and sister, Bonny E. Wagner, Kenneth C. Wagner and Mina W. Hewitt of Sulphur, Louisiana, Herman H. Wagner, Jr. of Eunice, Louisiana, Horace D. Wagner of DeQuincy, Louisiana; and her husband, Melvin L. Broussard of Sulphur, Louisiana. Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Randall D. Broussard and wife, Janie of Sulphur, Louisiana and Ronald L. Broussard and wife, Beth of St. Francisville, Louisiana; her sister Juanita W. Watson of Sulphur, Louisiana; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
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Published in Southwest Daily News from Aug. 10 to Aug. 16, 2010
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