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Bivins, John Anderson  
John Anderson Bivins LAFAYETTE - Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at a 2:00 PM Service in La Chapelle de Martin & Castille for John Anderson Bivins, 81, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at his home, with his family by his side, after a lengthy illness. Deacon James Davis will conduct the funeral services assisted by Reverend Monsignor Charles J. Mallet. Lectors will be Gene and Lynn Blevins. Karen Broussard, organist and soloist, will sing for the services, "Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art," "Hallelujah," and "Battle Hymn of the Republic." John was born in West Monroe, Louisiana on September 2, 1933 and graduated from Ouachita High School. After high school he attended LSU and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. While at LSU, he joined the Air Force ROTC. This resulted in a break in his college education while he served 3 years active duty in the US Air Force. He attained the rank of Captain and was a B-52 navigator. He returned to LSU and received his Juris Doctorate from LSU Law School in 1961. Following law school he practiced law in Lake Charles for 5 years before moving in 1966 to practice insurance defense law for another 45 years in Lafayette. His hobbies included all things LSU, tennis, golf, reading, crossword puzzles, morning coffee at A La' Carte, then Hub City Diner where he could be found solving all the problems of the world and defending Les Miles. John is survived by Lou, his wife of 56 years; two sons, Jay Bivins and his wife, Laurie and their children, Nickolaus, Gabi, Shelby and Seth; Jeff Bivins and his wife, Heather and their children, Tyler, Ashley and Zachary; and two daughters, Suzanne "Suzie" Hardy and her daughter, Leigh; and Christine Roberts and her husband, Nathan and their children, Max, Megan and Sam; and one brother, Daniel Bivins and his wife, Ruth of Chesapeake Bay, Virginia. John was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Carmen Bivins. The family requests that visitation be observed at Martin & Castille's DOWNTOWN Location on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 10:00 AM until time of services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston Street # 200, Lafayette, LA. 70503 or visit www.hospiceacadiana.com . At John's request, the family wishes to thank Dr. Edward Breaux, Dr. Gary Guidry, Dr. Gene Brierre, Dr. Jason Shumadine, Dr. Bradley Chastant, Dr. Harold Chastant, and all of the staff and volunteers with Hospice of Acadiana. View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com Martin & Castille - DOWNTOWN, 330 St. Landry Street Lafayette, LA. 70506. 337-234-2311
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Duplechin Sr., Gerald  
Gerald Duplechin, Sr. December 31, 1949 ~ June 27, 2015 VILLE PLATTE - It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Gerald Duplechin, Sr., 65, announces his passing at his residence on June 27, 2015. A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 3 PM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Mausoleum with Father Richard Broussard as celebrant. A loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend, Gerald will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 17 years, Peggy LaFleur Duplechin of Pine Prairie, sons, Gerald Duplechin, Jr. of Gries Germany, Derek Duplechin and wife Leah of Denham Springs, Tony Duplechin of Denham Springs, daughters, Tanya Hurst and husband Travis of Baton Rouge, Lori Askey and husband Larry of Chicot, Liza Fontenot and husband Todd Duncan of Baton Rouge, Lanie Ledoux and husband Kris of Point Blue, Dr. Lindsey Fruge and husband Adam of Rayne, brothers, John Ory Duplechein and wife Deannie of St. Amant, La., Harold Duplechin and wife Trish of Lafayette, sisters, Ruby Barker and husband Bill of The Villages, Florida, Geri Fontenot of St. Landry, Roma Toncrey of Pine Prairie, and Debbie Crabtree and husband Gene of Pine Prairie. Also left behind to cherish his memory are his 9 grandchildren. Gerald will now reunite in heaven with his parents, Hubert and Theolise Duplechin, sister, Leota Marie Duplechin and several unborn grandchildren. At the request of the Duplechin family, a visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 12 noon until time of services. A rosary will be recited in Mr. Duplechin's honor that same day at 2:15 PM. In lieu in flowers, the Duplechin family asks that you please donate to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation or similar charities of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Ardoin's Funeral Home of Ville Platte, La. Family and friends may view the online obituary and/or send words of comfort to the Duplechin family at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com .
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Fields, Larry  
Larry C. Fields LAFAYETTE - On June 23, 2015, Larry Crawford Fields passed away peacefully at Lafayette Medical Center from heart disease. Larry was born on Nov. 30, 1951, in West Monroe, LA to Woodrow James and Mamie Crawford Fields, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, Oliver DeWitt Fields, his loving family, sister, Mary Rita Smith and friend Mary Ann Westbrook of Palm Desert, CA, cousin, Harry T Crawford, Jr. and family of Anchorage AK, many more first cousins and extended families, Samuel Gillis of Fort Collins, CO, Sara Gillis of Dedham MA, his dear friends, Stanley Muller, John and Dana Hotard, all of Opelousas, and Glen Hunt of CO. Larry and his cousin, Harry, were raised like brothers and spent many a summer day in Winnfield with their grandmother, Clarissa Crawford, as well as at the family camp house on Saline Lake where they spent many wonderful hours fishing. In hunting season, this was also the place where they would hang their hats when not out in the woods with their guns hunting squirrels, ducks, deer or whatever was in season. In recent years, Larry was able to share these same wonderful experiences with his son, Oliver. Larry moved west as a young man, spending time in Silverton, CO, then moving on to Port Townsend, WA, where he worked on wooden boats. Larry worked and traveled to many places and made friends everywhere he went. He also spent time working in Alaska and visiting his cousin, Harry, in Anchorage. He came back to Louisiana to be with his aging parents and returned to the passions of his youth-fishing, hunting and the outdoors. His son, Oliver, was born in 2002 and Larry delighted in introducing him to bass fishing, duck hunting, baseball, music and art. A memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lafayette, where he recently became a member of the congregation. He was welcomed with open arms and his new friends provided him great comfort as his health declined. The service will be held on 7/1/2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to an educational fund for Oliver DeWitt Fields at Lafayette Schools Credit Union, 515 Guilbeau Rd., Lafayette, LA 70506. Larry will be deeply missed by all those who loved him.
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Koury, Freddie  
Freddie Koury LAFAYETTE - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Delhomme Chapel of the Flowers for Freddie Koury, 75, who passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. On Sunday, June 28, 2015, Fred "Freddie" Koury quietly left his earthly family to join his heavenly family. He was a kind, gentle, and shy man who impacted the lives of all who knew him. Fred grew up in Lafayette and was greatly influenced by his father, Jacob, who immigrated to the United States from Syria and his mother Victoria, who was born in New Iberia and also of Syrian descent. He loved and respected his parents and was intensely proud of his heritage. Since he was the youngest child of the family, his four brothers, Leon, Joseph, Jake and Johnny and his sister Elaine were always very protective of their younger brother. Fred returned their nurturing with love and devotion. There was a tremendous bond between Fred and those who loved him. Fred attended Lafayette High School and upon graduation he started his career with the Louisiana Department of Labor. He was steadfast in his work ethic. Like his brother, Jake, Fred enjoyed helping others find work and careers and did so for 27 years until his retirement. Fred always spoke kindly of those he helped and found public service gratifying. So, it was natural for him to continue to serve even when it was no longer his job. His family, especially nieces and nephews, will tell you that any time they needed anything, Uncle Freddie was the first to volunteer to assist them. Although he was heartbroken, he made sure he was there for each of his siblings as they endured illness. Fred survived all of his brothers and sister but each loss took its toll on him. Even during his later life, when he was enduring his own physical problems, he was taking his nephew to doctor's appointments, driving the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity to home visits and assisting them in ways he never really talked about. He also greatly enjoyed his time assisting the Lafayette Council on Aging. He was always the first to help and the very last to talk about all that he did. To many Fred seemed shy and serious. However, Fred Koury had a tremendous sense of humor and laughed easily and often. While his laugh was not boisterous, it was hardy, sincere and distinct. What began with a giggle, always ended with his whole face being part of the laugh out loud moment. He found his brothers and cousins especially funny and would "get tickled" as he would try to tell others what one of them had done. He loved going to the casino more for the joy of the outing than the gambling. This provided his brothers and cousins with fertile ground for the teasing they heaped upon Fred. He loved those exchanges and could give as good as he got. Fred Koury had a distinct swagger when he walked and was the sibling most like his mother. She earned the nickname "Still Water" and he continued her tradition of not speaking often but saying a lot when he did speak. He certainly enjoyed life but riches and possessions were not what made him happy. Knowing that his family was doing well and being of service to them made him happiest. Fred will be deeply missed and forever remembered by all who knew and loved him. Reverend Daniel Edwards, Pastor of St. Jules Catholic Church, will be Celebrant of the Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery. He is survived by many loving relatives, as well as many close friends, all of which he considered family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob Koury and Victoria Koury; sister, Elaine Koury Dominique; brothers, Leon Koury, Jacob Koury, Jr., Joseph Koury and John Koury. The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Delhomme Funeral Home on Bertrand Drive on Monday, June 29, 2015 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. A Rosary will be recited at 6:30 pm on Monday evening in the funeral home. Visiting hours will continue on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 from 8:00 am until the time of service. Pallbearers will be John Koury, Jr., Jason Habbit, Ferris Habbit, Johnny Abdella, Carrol Castille and Philip Norse. Honorary Pallbearers will be David Koury, Jerry Habbit and Donald Guilbeau. Personal condolences may be sent to the Koury family at www.delhommefuneralhome.com . The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Fred's honor to the Missionaries of Charity. Donations can be mailed to 3131 Cameron Street, Lafayette, LA 70506. Personal condolences may be sent to the Koury family at www.delhommefuneralhome.com . Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA is in charge of funeral arrangements.
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Porter Jr., Weston  
Weston J. Porter, Jr. MCDONALD, TENN. - Weston J. Porter, Jr. (age74) passed away on Friday, June 19, 2015, at his residence in McDonald, Tennessee. He was a painting contractor in Lafayette, LA for many years before moving to Tennessee. He was an avid hunter and loved hunting in the Tennessee mountains. He also enjoyed working out at the gym on an almost daily basis - and was a charter member of Red Lerille's Health Club while living in Lafayette. Weston is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Linda (Rayburn) Porter, and his daughter, Denise (Porter) Silvey and husband, Kent of Ringgold, Georgia. He is also survived by his brother, James D. Porter and his wife, Darlene of Ooltewah, and his sister, Susan Porter Fontenot and her husband, Davis, of Lafayette. Also surviving him are two grandchildren, Daniel and Haley, one niece and three nephews; and his dearest and best friend since high school, Donald Webb. Weston was a wonderful, loving man - and we will miss him very much. He is predeceased by his parents, Weston J. Porter, Sr. and Dorothy DeBate Porter of Youngsville, LA. A private service was held at St. Anne's Church in Youngsville, LA.
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Bourgeois, LeRoy  
LeRoy Adam Bourgeois LAFAYETTE - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, June 29, 2015 in Delhomme Chapel of the Flowers for LeRoy Adam Bourgeois, 92, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 25, 2015. The Reverend Martin Laird, godchild of the deceased, will be Celebrant of the Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Burial will take place in Holy Mary Mother of God Cemetery. LeRoy was born in Lafayette but spent his younger years in Scott, LA. He graduated from Scott High School in 1940 and attended SLI ( ULL ) and LSU. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Navy during WWII aboard the USS Hendry in the South Pacific Theatre. After the war ended, he continued his service in Le Havre, France arranging transportation for troops returning home from Europe. He then attended Loyola University in New Orleans attaining a degree in Pharmacy in 1949 and practiced until his retirement in 1992. He is survived by his beloved wife Gloria, three daughters and sons-in-law, Jacqueline (Van) Auld, Suzanne (Dr. Baylen) Kimball, and Juliet (Dr. Juan) Zeik. Seven grandchildren, Carolyn Auld Goudelocke, Dr. Elizabeth Auld Scardina, Katharine Kimball Almond, Courtenay Kimball de Manincor, Maura Zeik Greenberg, JD, Alison Zeik, and Joseph Zeik. Seven great-grandchildren and his brother-in-law, Jack Carmichael, one nephew and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hyacinth Leon and Alice Guilbeau Bourgeois, his sister, Alice Joyce B. Carmichael and a nephew. Pallbearers will be Joseph Zeik, Ryan Goudelocke, Dr. Derek Scardina, Trey Almond, Anthony de Manincor, and Jacob Greenberg. The family would like to thank the many who cared for LeRoy over the years including Dr. Michael Alexander, Dr. Fabian Lugo, Dr. Juan Zeik, Dr. Charles Boustany, Dr. Baylen Kimball, Van Auld and Dr. Richard Bourgeois.. The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Delhomme Funeral Home on Bertrand Drive on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 pm on Sunday evening in the funeral home. Visiting hours will continue Monday June 29, 2015 from 9:00 am until the time of service. Personal condolences may be sent to the Bourgeois family at www.delhommefuneralhome.com . Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA is in charge of funeral arrangements.
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Published in the The Advertiser from June 27 to June 29, 2015
Lyons, Myrtle Mary Wingate  
Myrtle Mary Wingate Lyons Mire, LA - Funeral services will be held at Assumption of the BVM Catholic Church in Mire, Monday, June 29, 2015 at a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am for Myrtle Mary Wingate Lyons, 95, who died Saturday, June 27, 2015 at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren in Mire. Interment will be in the Assumption of the BVM Cemetery, Mire, LA. Surviving are two daughters, Barbara L. Breaux of Sulphur, Gadric L. Fontenot and husband Al of Mire, five grandchildren, Mike Breaux of Sulphur, Mitchell Breaux and wife Karen of Arlington, TX, Billy Breaux and wife Julie of Sulphur, Kathryn Breaux Quin and husband Paul of Tampa, FL, Monique Sonnier Boudreaux and husband David of Spring, TX, eight great grandchildren, three step grandchildren, one step great grandchild, one sister-in-law, Henretta "Tuppy" Wingate of Church Point, numerous nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Charles Lyons, one daughter, Betty Lyons, father, Willie Wingate, Sr., mother, Amadine Perrodin Wingate, two sisters, Dorothy W. LeBlanc and husband Bill, Viola Wingate, three brothers, Harold Wingate, Sr., Willie Wingate, Jr. and wife Sadie, Rodney Wingate and wife Joyce, one son-in-law, Sherwood Breaux.. Mrs. Myrtle loved to cook for family and friends. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America 2214 in Mire and the Ladies Altar Society of Assumption of the BVM Catholic Church in Mire. Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm. A rosary will be recited by the Ladies Altar Society and The Catholic Daughters June 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Gossen Funeral Home in Rayne, LA. Friends will be received at Gossen Funeral Home, Inc., Rayne, LA. Sunday, June 28, 2015, 10:00 am until 10:00 pm, Monday, June 29, 2015, 8:00 am until 10:30 am. Pallbearers will be Billy Breaux, Mitch Breaux, Marvin Wingate, Eric Wingate, David Boudreaux, and Thomas Breaux. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Breaux, Bill Lyons, Ryan Breaux, and Ethan Boudreaux. The family would like to give a special thanks to Gadric Fontenot/Nanny for her undying devotion to her mother, our grandmother. For the past decade, she dedicated her life to returning the love and care that our grandparents provided to all of us over the years. The family would like to thank Hospice of Acadiana, Hospice nurse Patti Guidry, caregivers Joella Lease, Norma Henry, Tammy Carrier, Patsy Arceneaux, and Mary Alice Petitjean. We would also like to thank Sybil Blanchard and Vivian Faul for their numerous visits and gestures of support of the family. Friends may view the obituary and guestbook online at www.gossenfuneralhome.net . Arrangements have been entrusted to Gossen Funeral Home, Inc. of Rayne, LA, (337) 334-3141. Gossen Funeral Home, Inc.
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Published in the The Advertiser on June 29, 2015
Regan, Doris  
Doris L. Regan LAFAYETTE - A Mass of Christian Burial will be prayed Monday, June 29, 2015, at 10 AM in Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church to celebrate the life of Doris Theresa Loupe Regan. Family and friends are invited to attend to bid farewell to one of Lafayette's beloved educators and community contributors who died at 6 PM on Friday, June 26, 2015 at her residence in Lafayette. Rev. Michael J. Russo, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church will celebrate the funeral liturgy. Interment will be in Lafayette Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors include three daughters, Shelby Blanche Regan Fruge' of Lafayette, Kate Ellet Regan Brady of Baton Rouge and Doris Theresa Regan Tatford and her spouse, Leander Ray Tatford of Lafayette; seven grandchildren, Kate Ellet Brady Prejean, Edward Charles Brady, Frederick John Fruge', Jr., Willie Edwin Regan Tatford, Jefferies Lee Tatford, Byrnes Edward Tatford, and Evan Shelby Tatford; five great grandchildren, Vivian Claire Fruge', Julia Mae Brady, Edward Charles Brady, Jr., Kate Ellet Prejean and Nora Kate Tatford; one sister, Louise Loupe Lovich of Madisonville; and one brother, Joseph Matchette Loupe of Baton Rouge. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Edwin Regan, Jr., her parents, Edward Joseph Loupe and Blanche Delaune Loupe; and two sisters, Mary Edward Loupe and Blanche Loupe Stowell. Mrs. Regan was born February 16, 1921 in New Roads, Louisiana to Dr. Edward Joseph Loupe and Blanche Delaune Loupe. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in New Roads in 1937, then attended LSU where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1941. She was married to Willie Edwin Regan from Monroe, Louisiana on November 10, 1942. The couple lived briefly in Alexandria, Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi until moving to Lafayette in 1952. Here, Mr. and Mrs. Regan reared their daughters until Willie's untimely death in 1974. Mrs. Regan went on to delight in her grandchildren. Besides being devoted to her own family, Mrs. Regan extended her care to other children in our community, first as the owner of The Little Red Schoolhouse from 1952-1966, then with the special education department of Lafayette Parish Schools until 1982. Following the completion of her Master's degree from USL in 1970, she served a five-year term working under State Superintendent of Education Louis Michot from 1972-1977. It was during this time that she developed and coordinated the Louisiana Learning Resource Systems which provided special education services to teachers and students statewide. Following her retirement, she served as the Executive Director of Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults (VITA) for four years providing reading instruction to non-reading adults. Her contributions to professional societies included Phi Kappa Phi, Louisiana Association of Educators, Southern Association of Children Under Six, Louisiana Association for Retarded Children, Council for Exceptional Children, Regional Coordinator of Very Special Arts Festivals, Lafayette Pre-School Teachers Association (serving as president from 1958-1962), and Lafayette Parish Retired Teachers Association. In addition to her professional service, Mrs. Regan was a generous volunteer in her church. Beginning in 1952, she contributed her time and talents to Our Lady of Fatima Parish, having served as a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Ladies Altar Society and the Board of Stewards, the Perpetual Adoration Society and the Bendel Gardens Rosary Group. She served on the Deanery Council of the Diocese of Lafayette, the Diocesan Synod and was honored to portray her patron saint, St. Therese of Liseux, at the Bishop's Charity Ball in 1995. Mrs. Regan extended her call to charity beyond her own church through various community volunteer organizations. She served as president and vice president of Lafayette General Hospital Pink Ladies and was one of the first volunteers for Hospice of Acadiana. She served as president and longtime member of L'Heure d'Amitie Women's Club, International Good Neighbors' Council and member and president of Krewe of Attakapas. Prior to her husband's death, the couple was active in Krewe of Gabriel and Order of the Troubadours as well as Oakbourne Country Club and Lafayette Town House Club. They were proprietors of Regan's Racquet and Tennis Shop. Through the years, she enjoyed traveling across the United States, Mexico and Europe with family and friends, enjoying other cultures and sampling other cuisines. Those who knew her knew she lived out one of her favorite quotes from her volunteering days at Hospice, "You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die." In the spirit of her Catholic faith, we know she lives and loves on. The family will receive friends at Martin & Castille's DOWNTOWN on Sunday from 6 PM until 8 PM and will continue Monday at 8 AM until the time of the services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to any of the following organizations, in Mrs. Regan's name, to Hospice of Acadiana, Our Lady of Fatima Foundation or VITA. The family wishes to express gratitude for the care, support and kindnesses by so many excellent caregivers who consistently provided her with gentle and loving care, most notably, Hospice of Acadiana. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Edward Charles Brady, Frederick John Fruge', Willie Edwin Regan Tatford, Jefferies Lee Tatford, Byrnes Edward Tatford, Evan Shelby Tatford and her son-in-law, Leander Ray Tatford. Honorary pallbearers will Robert Earle Farr, Joseph Matchette Loupe, Paul Wayne Prejean, J. Hubert Dumesnil, Walter B. Comeaux, MD, Thomas Allen Rollow, Alan West Shaw III, Daniel Morgan Landry, Jr. and Timothy Southern Allis. View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com . Martin & Castille-DOWNTOWN-330 St. Landry St., Lafayette, LA 70506, 337-234-2311
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Romero, Margaret  
MAGARET ROMERO NEW IBERIA - Funeral services will be conducted for Margaret "Maggi" Romero, age 73, at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Onuegbe officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm on Tuesday with a Rosary at 6:30 pm. The funeral home will reopen at 9:00 am on Wednesday until service time. Margaret was born on February 18, 1942 to Aaron and Jeanne LeBlanc Romero. A native and resident of New Iberia, Ms. Romero passed away at 10:30 am on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. Maggi saw her future in her first mentor, Elementary school coach Bill Wallis, and then set out to achieve it. She was a 1959 graduate of New Iberia High School; earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and English from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1963; a Master's degree in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina in 1968; an Education Specialist Degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1973 and a Plus 30 from Louisiana State University thereafter. Maggi coached six N.I.S.H volleyball teams to District Championships, brought her teams to the final four in 12 of 13 seasons and won state titles in 1971 and 1973. She also coached the girls' basketball team leading them to the State Championship game in 1980. Maggi was named coach of the year for volleyball in 1973 and for girls' basketball in 1980. Ms. Romero taught English, Physical Education, Health, Drivers Education, supervised student teaching over her nearly 50 year career. In addition, she also coached at the University of Massachusetts, Stephen F. Austin, and LSU. She played on many successful softball teams on a local, state, and national basis- including the Cajettes, Allain's Gems, Howard Trucking, and Musson Patout. Maggi was inducted into the New Iberia Recreational Department Hall of Fame in 2005 and the New Iberia Senior High Hall of Fame in 2009. She is survived by her sisters, Beverly Credeur, Maudry Kennedy, and Nancy Terrell; and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Aaron and Jeanne LeBlanc Romero. Pallbearers will be Charlie Williams, Delbert Soileau, Larry Fremin, Barron Kennedy, Tony Terrell, and Matthew Broussard. The family is establishing the Margaret Romero Memorial Scholarship for deserving N.I.S.H students. Those who wish to help perpetuate her gifts to the youth may make donations to N.I. Sr. High, C/o Nancy Terrell 713 Emmeline St., New Iberia, LA 70563 To view on-line obituary and sign the guest register, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com . Evangeline Funeral Homes, Inc. of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.
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Butcher, Elizabeth  
Elizabeth "Betty" Richard Butcher LAFAYETTE - Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at a 1:30 PM Mass of Christian Burial in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette for Mrs. Elizabeth "Betty" Richard Butcher, age,87, who died on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at her residence in Lafayette surrounded by her family. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Reverend Monsignor Keith J. DeRouen, Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, will be the Celebrant, Con-Celebrated by Reverend Chester Arceneaux, Rector of Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and Reverend F. Hampton Davis, III, Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Lector will be Carol Ann Dazzio. Giftbearers will be her granddaughters, Anne Marie Butcher, Emily Floyd and Catherine Whitehead. Music will be provided by members of the St. John Cathedral Choir of which her husband has been a long standing member. Left to cherish her memory include her husband of sixty-five years, Thomas Patrick Butcher; three daughters, Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" Landry and her husband, Dr. Leo Landry, Ellen Floyd and her husband, Terry Floyd, and Maureen Whitehead and her husband, Bill Whitehead; two sons, Robert "Bobby" Butcher and his wife, Ann, John Butcher and his wife, Mary Michael; thirteen grandchildren, Brett Landry, Dr. Kate Landry Preston and Caroline Landry Farouki, Marie Butcher, Jamie Houston, Emily Floyd, Barrett Butcher, Patrick Butcher, James Butcher, Catherine Whitehead, Andrew Butcher, Luke Butcher, and Anne Marie Butcher. three great grandchildren, Walker Landry, Jack Preston and Remy Farouki; and one brother, Frank W. Richard and his wife, Roselyn, of Baton Rouge. She was preceded in death by one son, Thomas "Tim" Butcher; one grandchild, Vi Landry; and her parents, Aurelien and Maud Richard. A native of New Orleans and a resident of Thibodaux in her earlier years, Mrs. Butcher has been a resident of Lafayette since 1949. She was a graduate of Mt. Carmel School in Thibodaux and Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Mrs. Butcher was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and various Home Economics Honor Organizations. She was also a member of the Krewe of Attakapas and L'Avenir Women's Organizations. A devout Catholic, she was a member of the Cathedral of St. John Catholic Church Community and had been active in various church and school activities at Our Lady of Fatima and Cathedral. Mrs. Butcher was a member of numerous church organizations including the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Serra Club, Carmelite Angels and Peace Mass Committee. She and her husband have been involved in numerous philanthropic activities at Cathedral and Fatima Schools and churches. She will be remembered as a very loving wife, mother and grandmother. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Butcher's name may be made to the Carmelite Monastery, 1250 Carmel Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70501 and to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston St #200, Lafayette, LA 70503 www.hospiceacadiana.com or to your favorite charity. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Brett Landry, Barrett Butcher, Patrick Butcher, James Butcher, Andrew Butcher and Luke Butcher. Honorary pallbearer will be Frank Richard. A Rosary will be recited on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM in Martin & Castille's DOWNTOWN Location. The family requests that visitation be observed on Saturday from 9:00 AM until time of services. View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com Martin & Castille - DOWNTOWN, 330 St. Landry Street Lafayette, LA. 70506. 337-234-2311
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