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Jerelyn Richard

Houma, Louisiana

Jan 14, 1936 – Jun 27, 2020 (Age 61)


January 14, 1936
June 27, 2020
Houma, Louisiana


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Chauvin Funeral Home - Houma Obituary

Jerelyn Fitzgerald Richard went to be with the Lord and her daughter Renee the morning of June 27, 2020.  Jere, Mom, MeMaw Jere, Artist,    Friend . . . remained active in serving the Lord until her last breath.  Daily conversations with her husband of 60 years, Tom Richard, her beloved children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and foster children were always loving and punctuated with a reminder of how we ‘should’ be doing something ‘more’.  What echoed in her comments were the calls toward serving others.  Jere spent her life engaged in family activities, advocating for the needy, actively promoting arts in the community,  and pursuing a life with Christ through worshipping, teaching, and studying the word of the Lord.  She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Houma for 61 years.  Always yearning to do more, Jere was and continues to be an inspiration to family and community.

Born in Homer, LA, raised in Baton Rouge, LA,  and a 61 year resident of Houma, LA, Jere is survived by her husband, Thomas Richard DVM, her children Lia Black & husband Terry Black, Allison LaCour & husband Edward LaCour, Thomas (Tinker) Richard, Jr. & wife Beth Richard, and Dale Richard & wife Kim Richard, fourteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and her sisters Ellen Roberts and Alee Magee.  Jere is preceded in death by her parents, Archie Dale Fitzgerald and Evelyn Webb Fitzgerald, and her daughter Renee Richard. 

Family and friends are invited to visitation at First Baptist Church of Houma, located at 4863 West Park Avenue; beginning at 9:00 a.m. until service time Wednesday July 1, 2020.  Funeral Services will begin with a Celebration of her life at First Baptist Church of Houma starting at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will follow services in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery #2.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic; the family request mask to be worn to all services.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to First Baptist Church of Houma, Terrebonne ARC, or Terrebonne Fine Art Guild.  


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What an amazing woman! I remember her unwavering smile, her energy, the way she was with my children, her unyielding commitment to her family, God, and church. My sincerest condolences to Doc and her family.

Bill and I are truly sorry for your loss. Jeri was always such a caring and giving person. We always enjoyed our conversations with her about her art and family. She will always be remembered fondly. May God bless each of you during this difficult time.
Bill & Lynn Ellzey

One of the most precious people I have ever known. What great memories I treasure growing up as neighbors and friends. So grateful for them all ... You will never be forgotten.

Hugs, prayers and deepest sympathies to Dr Tom and family.

Sorry for your loss. We could not have had nicer neighbors. May you be comforted among all the mourners.

our deepest sympathy to Doc and the family. she will be missed and our prayers goes out to you all

Mrs Jere will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She and Dr. Tom have been an instrumental part in my growth as a Christian and she has been an inspiring model of a faithful follower of Christ, loving wife and mother, trusted friend and teacher. I know that she is happy in the presence of our gracious Lord and Savior rejoicing with his heavenly choir. Though the void that has been created by her passing is vast I pray that Tom and Family will continue to be comforted in the knowledge...

Dear Dear Jere! Your passing was so unexpected, leaving us in unbelief and sadness. Pray you are in the arms of your precious Renee! We will miss your uplifting and faith filled smile and conversations. Tom we send you and your family our love and deep condolences. May God hold you all close to His heart and give you solace. Rest In Peace Jere!

Such a sweet person. She will be missed at our Terrebonne Garden Club meetings