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Marie Vivian Achee, 86, died at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. She was a native of Houma and resident of Baton Rouge. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM -11:030 AM on Wednesday, June 19 at the Cathedral of St. Francis de Sales in Houma. The funeral will begin at 11:30 AM, with burial at St. Francis de Sales Cemetery #1. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Ann Achee Marks and husband Warren of Houma and countless nieces, nephews, godchildren, and dear friends who regarded her variously, but always lovingly, as "Marie," "Rie-Rie," and "Aunt Viv." She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmore Achee and Vivian Bienvenue Achee; brothers Henry Achee, Phillip Achee, Elmore Achee, Richard Achee, Maurice Achee and Donovan Achee; sisters Helen Rieve, Mercedes Reynolds, Frances Boyne, and Agnes Tucker. Marie or "Aunt Viv" worked as an executive secretary at Exxon for her entire career, retiring in 1986. She travelled extensively throughout Europe and North America and was always open to new cultural and culinary experiences. After retiring, she was a volunteer tax preparer and also gave of her time at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge. She was an enthusiastic LSU football fan, who faithfully climbed the steps of Tiger Stadium well into her eighties. Most importantly, she was ever generous and kind to all who knew her, never forgetting a birthday, baptism, or anniversary. Family and friends will always be grateful for her presence in their lives. Chauvin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Advocate from June 17 to June 18, 2013