Thelma Mae Moulédoux Trapolin

Thelma Mae Moulédoux Trapolin (98) passed away peacefully on March 12, 2014. Born in her grandmother's house on Clay Square in old New Orleans, she was the first daughter of the ten children of the late Gabriel John Moulédoux, Sr. and the late Hilda Grither Goodspeed. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 68 years, Captain Frank Winter Trapolin, USN, Ret. She is survived by her son, Timothy John Trapolin and her three daughters: Patricia Couret (William), Jane Oaksmith (Jerry) of Seattle Wa., and Anne Britt (Michael). Also survived by her grandchildren: Jeanne Couret Breaux, William Henry Couret IV, Mignon Couret DuMouchel, Julie Couret Willoz, Carly Oaksmith Buwalda, Lindsey Oaksmith, Heather Oaksmith, Gerald M. Oaksmith, III, Melanie Anne Britt, and Lauren Winter Britt. Also by 17 great-grandchildren. She grew up in a large, loving family. Her siblings include Sr. Marie Jeanne Moulédoux, RSM; Hilda M. Blitch; Elaine M. Webb; George E. Moulédoux, Sr., Blanche M. Comiskey; and also the late Gabriel J. Moulédoux, Jr., Marian Clay, Yvonne Hill, and Warren E. Moulédoux, Sr. She graduated from Ursuline Convent school as an elementary (1929) and secondary student (1933), and ultimately from Ursuline College and Loyola University in 1937. She was a lifelong supporter of human and civil rights, and together with her husband was part of a select group of activists who supported the founding of the Human Relations Institute that became the Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice at Loyola University. Her deep and abiding faith sustained her throughout her life. That unshakeable faith and courage, at the time of the great personal loss of her husband, inspired her whole family to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina here in New Orleans, the city she loved so much. She was an avid sports enthusiast rooting for the Loyola basketball team, the Tulane baseball team, and of course, her beloved Saints. She was a past president of Ursuline Academy Alumnae Assn., and was very active in many other civic organizations. Her family, which extended to her second and third cousins, 76 nieces and nephews, were her greatest joy. She lived a wonderful life that was an inspiration and blessing to all who knew her. Her children wish to express their gratitude to Lambeth House and its staff for the kind and loving care extended to her and to them. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 5 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor on State Street at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Friends may call at 12:30. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Thelma Mae Moulédoux Trapolin to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, and either mailed to 2734 Nashville Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 or made online at or to Lambeth House, 150 Broadway St., New Orleans, LA 70118. A private internment ceremony at Metairie Cemetery will be held at a later date. Online guest book available at

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Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home
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Published in from Apr. 1 to Apr. 4, 2014