Wilmae Jean Gaspard|
LAFAYETTE - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home for Wilmae Jean Gaspard, 85, who passed away Sunday, August 17th, 2014 at her residence. Reverend Kenneth Domingue, Pastor of St. Leo the Great Church in Leonville, LA will be conducting the services. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home with a rosary conducted by Brady LeBlanc at 6:00 pm. Visitation will resume on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 8:00 am until time of services at 10:00 am in Fountain Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will be at Fountain Memorial Cemetery in Lafayette, LA.
Barbara Marshall will be the accompanist and Denise Brignac will be the soloist for the funeral services. Readings will be done by Sandy and Tim Huval.
Mrs. Wilmae Gaspard was born July 1, 1929, in Hessmer, La. She had been a resident of Lafayette for over 50 years. Wilmae was a successful business woman who owned "Totalook Fashions" for over 15 years. She was named one of Lafayette's successful Business Women in the 1980's. Wilmae was better known to the Lafayette bowling community for her many years of hard work and dedication. She worked diligently for over 27 years as the Lafayette Women's Bowling Association President, which is a record for WBA. She was also on the Louisiana's state board of directors. As a delegate to the National Convention from 1989-1993, she was instrumental in promoting and securing the bid for Baton Rouge to host the 1993 National Tournament. Her many years of service included bidding and securing many bowling tournaments throughout the state of Louisiana, especially in Lafayette. As a certified bowling instructor, she worked closely with Anna Belle Richard and Jackie LeBlanc to promote and enhance the junior bowling program. She was inducted into the Lafayette Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1996.
She was married to Paul Gaspard " Pots" for 59 years. When he passed away on April 24, 2005, she lost her companion and best friend. Her life remained full of activities until medical problems began to work on the quality of life she had been accustomed to and limited her activities that made her the happiest. Perhaps, it was finally a sign for her to "Go Home".
Wilmae was known to all her friends and family for her sharp wit, generosity and her "love of family". Cooking for her family and bowling were the joys of her life. Wilmae was generous to all of those in need and never failed to pull the family out of any crisis. She was a strong, independent, and determined woman. Indeed, she was a "Phenomenal Woman". Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and sister will miss her dearly. She was a pillar of strength to all who loved her. Mom, Maw-Maw, Ms. G, you will be missed but not forgotten.
Survivors include two children, Gale Hunt and husband, Jim, of Dallas, Texas, and Debbie Burrow and husband, Gerold of Lafayette; grandchildren, Sandy Huval and husband, Kelly, Vaughn Swilley and wife, Elizabeth, Braxton Swilley and wife, Melissa, all of Lafayette, David Hunt and wife, Jennifer, of Colorado, and Stacy Hunt, of Dallas, Texas; great-grandchildren, Timothy Huval and fiancé Courtney Chaisson, Hunter, Grace, Tyler, Camille, and Olivia Swilley, of Lafayette, and Cole Hunt of Dallas, Texas; her sister, and best friend, Rheanna Bordelon of Lafayette, and a host of nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Buvens Paul Gaspard and her parents Wilmore and Adele Chatelain.
Pallbearers will be Gerold Burrow, Jim Hunt, Vaughn Swilley, Braxton Swilley, David Hunt, Kelly Huval, and Tim Huval.
A special thank you to Vee's Sitter services for the loving care they gave our mom for 3 ½ years. Their efficiency, love and devotion to Wilmae Gaspard (Ms. G) will never be forgotten by the family. Vanessa Williams (Vanetta), Debbie Francis (Mary) and Deceilla Thibeaux (Dee, Nicole), thank you so much for the 3 ½ years of giving her the best quality of life. Also the new additions: Quanza, Beverly, and Jackie; thanks for being a part of her final year. A heart felt gratitude to the staff of St. Joseph Hospice for the compassion given to Wilmae and her family.
Online obituary and guest book may be viewed at www.fountainmemorialfuneralhome.com.
Fountain Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in the The Advertiser on Aug. 19, 2014