Blanca Lydia Downing Buswell(1937 - 2014)

Blanca Lydia Downing Buswell

BROUSSARD - Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 13, 2014 at an 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Broussard for Blanca Lydia Buswell, age 76, the former Blanca Lydia Downing, who passed away Sunday at her residence in Monroeville, Alabama.

Interment will be in Evangeline Memorial Gardens in Carencro. The Rev. Bill Ruskoski, of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, will officiate at the services.

She was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras to the late Jaime Downing and Eligia Vallecillo Downing on April 1, 1937. She married Donald William Buswell in 1958 and they resided together in Monroeville, Alabama.

Blanca was a wonderful wife, mother and very special friend who guided all her children, Marlane, Kathy, Jimmy and Monica through life. She was always thinking about others and never about herself, even in her last moments of life.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Donald Buswell; sister, Elba Downing Bonham; children, Marlane Buswell, Kathy Buswell Selman, Jimmy Buswell and Monica Buswell Trahan. She had 12 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her stepson, Buster Buswell; her grandson, Timothy Buswell; and her brothers, Jorge Downing and Guillermo Downing.

A rosary will be prayed at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Wednesday and will continue from 8:00 a.m. until service time on Thursday.

Pallbearers will be Russell Trahan, Selmen Selman, Jimmy Buswell, Samuel Hunter, William Selman and Cesar Selman.

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Melancon Funeral Home, Evangeline Memorial Gardens Chapel, 4117 N. University Ave., Carencro, (337) 896-3232, is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral Home

4615 N. University Ave. Carencro, LA 70520
(337) 896-6366

Published in the The Advertiser on Mar. 12, 2014