Catherine Mayne Hecker died peacefully at St.James Place in Baton Rouge on Friday, March 7, 2014 following an extended illness. A retired educator and elementary school teacher, Catherine was born Dec. 4, 1937 in Opelousas, LA. Preceded in death by her parents Paul and Lillian (Chachere) Mayne and by a brother, Russell Mayne. Her husband of over 40 years, William Fulham Hecker died in December 2000. She is survived her daughter, Elizabeth Hecker of Baton Rouge, and her son, William and his wife, Frederica of Mountain Brook, Alabama. 4 grandchildren, Frederica, William, Zachary and Samuel Hecker of Mountain Brook. She is also survived by a sister, Lillian ( Lilibet) Carsten, Mobile, Alabama and brothers Rev. Kenneth Mayne, Abbeville; Charles Mayne, New Orleans; and David Mayne, Brunswick, Maryland. Catherine also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, and many dear friends. A kind and generous spirit, her joie de vivre will be sorely missed. A graduate of LSU, with degrees in Journalism, Education, and Human Development, Catherine taught gifted and talented children in the public school system for many years, nurturing, inspiring and challenging her students. An avid gardener and world traveler, she took the greatest pleasure in music. For 43 years Catherine was a member of the choir at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 833 Government Street on Monday, March 10 from 4-7 pm, and from 9:30am - 11am at St. Luke's, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. on Tuesday, March 11 followed by a funeral mass at 11am. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of St. James Place, especially Cori Lanclos and Angela Kennedy, Catherine's longtime caregiver. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. "Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product of a life well lived." - Eleanor Roosevelt.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Mar. 9 to Mar. 11, 2014