Lavra H. "Blue" Gilchrist

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Lavra H. "Blue" Gilchrist

A Mass of Christian Burial for Lavra H. "Blue" Gilchrist will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, with Rev. James Ferguson and Rev. August Thompson officiating. Interment will be in Alexandria Memorial Gardens under the direction of John Kramer & Son.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. Tuesday until the time of the service at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.

Lavra "Blue" Gilchrist, age 96, of Alexandria, passed away December 1, 2012, in Rapides Regional Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-four years, Anthony M. "Dutch" Gilchrist and one son, James A. Gilchrist.

Mrs. Gilchrist was a longtime member of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral where she was a member of the Altar Society and worked there for many years. She was very dedicated to her church and was presented with many plaques for service recognition. Blue, as she was known to many for her blue eyes enjoyed square dancing with her husband in her early years and also loved to fish and cook. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many and will be missed by all of the lives she touched.

Those left to cherish her memory include, one daughter, Lois Gilchrist Peterman and her husband, Huey of Alexandria; one son, Ronald D. Gilchrist and his wife, Carol of Opelika, Alabama; daughter-in-law, Ruth Gilchrist of Alexandria; six grandchildren, Cindy Pringle of Alexandria; Michael Peterman and his wife, Anna Difulco Peterman of Alexandria; Scott Gilchrist and his wife, Jennifer White Gilchrist of Boyce; Jamie Sumlin of Monroe; Missy Gilchrist of Eureka Springs, Arkansas; and Charissa Benifield of Alaska; numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends; and her special friend, Gladys Claiborne of Alexandria;

Pallbearers honored to serve will be Scott Gilchrist, James Garrett Gilchrist, Eddie Pringle, Jerry Smith, Sean Sumlin and Mike Peterman.

Memorials may be sent to St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Building Fund, 626 4th St., Alexandria, LA 71301 or to a .

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Michael Buck for the special care he gave her.

Online notes of condolence may be sent to kramerfunerals@aol.com.

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Published in The Town Talk on Dec. 3, 2012
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