Florence Babineaux(1930 - 2013)

Florence "Sis" Babineaux

CARENCRO - Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013 at a 12:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Carencro for Florence "Sis" Babineaux, age 82, the former Florence Leger, who passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 4:48 a.m. at Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette.

Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Lafayette. The Rev. Ken Domingue, will officiate at the services. Readers will be Stephanie Leger Short and Jeannette Simon Leblanc. Giftbearers will be Ruth W. Landry, Annie W. Spell, Erin B. May, Meghan Elise Wingate, Jeanne B. Bourque and Claire Babineaux.

Musical selections will be provided by Valerie Andrus. The songs will be Notre Pere, J'Irai La Voir Un Jour, Ave Maria, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Amazing Grace, Isaiah 49, By Name I Have Called You and Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Mrs. Babineaux was a native and resident of Lafayette Parish. She was a member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Lamplighters Home Demonstrative Club, St. Anne Society, TIRAA, Lafayette Parish Bar Auxiliary and several POKENO groups.

Who by example demonstrated the value of family; she loved her family with a boundless, generous heart that always had room for many more. She had three children, raised four and was like a second mother to many more. She saw needs around her and took every opportunity to fulfill them. She taught values by doing. She lived a life of elegant simplicity, the "wind beneath my wings" always in the background supporting her husband, children and grandchildren's lives and endeavors.

A constant hostess who loved to cook; her home was open to family, friends and guests from around the world. We all remember morning coffee; special to all of us was her "Birthday Suppers" and vacation "catering". Comfortable in her own skin, she made family friends and guests from five continents feel so welcome and special for short soirees and extended stays. She welcomed exchange students and showed Cajun hospitality to all.

Florence loved to travel and with a perpetual child like sense of discovery she would share every new experience with you. Her pilgrimage to Belgium showed not only appreciation for the family she raised, but also the family that raised her. As a child of the depression she was ever mindful of a wasteful like and lived a life of frugality.

Along with her lifelong devotion to St. Theresa, the Little Flower, optimism and a sense of humor helped her view life's hardship as opportunities of service, allowing her to cry mostly tears of joy. Florence lived a colorful life, one navigated by a moral code of "black and white'. She loved animals, roses, and humming birds. Her life was a prayer.

Survivors include one son, Mark Allen Babineaux and his wife, Cindi, of Ossun; one brother who she raised as her son, Albert James "Butch" Leger and his wife, Chris, of Lafayette; two daughters, Doris Joan Wingate and her husband, Keith, of Lafayette and Elizabeth "Jackie" Bouillion and her husband, Dennis Jr., of Ossun; one brother, Norris Leger and his wife, Ozite, of Scott; ten grandchildren, Jeanne Babineaux Bourque and her husband, Taylor, Andre' Babineaux, Claire Babineaux, Doris Ruth Wingate Landry and her husband, Stony, Ann Elisabeth Wingate Spell and her husband, Joe, Meghan Elise Wingate, Erin Elizabeth Bouillion May and her husband, Blair, Dennis Joseph Bouillion, III; Stephanie Leger Short and her husband, Toby, and Brian David Leger and his wife, Donna; and five great grandchildren, Boston Paul Bourque, Lucy Elizabeth Landry, Joseph Foster Spell, Seth Armany Short, and Cooper Avery Short; and two great grandchildren on the way, Tanner James Bourque, Nolan Daniel May.

She was preceded in death by her husband Judge Allen Babineaux; and her parents, Ulgere Leger and the former Elizabeth Trahan.

A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday and will continue from 8:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

Pallbearers will be Toby Short, Brian Leger, Andre' Babineaux, Taylor Bourque, Stony Landry, Joe Spell, Dennis Bouillion III, and Blair May. Honorary pallbearers will be Norris Leger, Jack Huval, Vernon Dugas, Johnny Mouton, Steve Mouton, Liz Mouton, Keith Leblanc, Babette Guidry, John Leblanc, Tony Leblanc, Barry Bernard, Joey Hains, Amy Hains, Terry Clement, Stacy Clement, Donna Leger, Scotty Chiasson and Val Chiasson.

The family would like to thank the staff of Lafayette General Medical Center, 3rd floor, for every courtesy extended to her and her family. Their compassionate care and attention to her needs will remain special to them.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital, Lafayette Public Library Foundation, P.O. Box 53024 Lafayette, LA 70505 or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3636 South I-10 Service Rd. Ste 304 Metairie, LA 70001.

View the obituary and guestbook online at www.melanconfuneralhome.net.

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

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

Published in the The Advertiser from Jan. 24 to Jan. 26, 2013