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Antonia W. "Toni" Larroux

Bay St. Louis, MS

Waffle House lost a loyal customer on April 30, 2013. Antonia W. "Toni" Larroux died after a battle with multiple illnesses: lupus, rickets, scurvy, kidney disease and feline leukemia. She had previously conquered polio as a child contributing to her unusually petite ankles and the nickname "polio legs" given to her by her ex-husband, Jean F. Larroux, Jr. It should not be difficult to imagine the multiple reasons for their divorce 35+ years ago. Two children resulted from that marriage: Hayden Hoffman and Jean F. Larroux, III. Due to multiple, anonymous Mother's Day cards which arrived each May, the children suspect there were other siblings but that has never been verified.

She is survived by the two confirmed, aforementioned children. Her favorite child, Jean III, eloped in college and married Kim Fulford who dearly loved Toni. They gave Toni three grandchildren: Jean IV, Ann Elizabeth and Hannah Grace. Toni often remarked that her son, Jean III, was "just like his father," her ex-husband, Jean Jr., a statement that haunts her son to this day.

Hayden Hoffman married Stephen Hoffman of Charleston, WV. They reside in Bay St. Louis and carry the Larroux family torch forward through each and every Happy Hour, Mardi Gras and cocktail party. Steve's quiet demeanor has provided ballast to an otherwise unstable family. They have two children: Charlie and Helen (the 'well-behaved' child Toni's daughter, Hayden deserved to raise.)

Toni had four sisters: Patty the elder, Kitty the cook, Lisa the lawyer and Piji…the…piji. The sisters dearly loved Toni; spoke often and as one family photo proved, all preferred Clairol blonde in a box #47. They inherited their unique sense of humor from their father, Paul "P. Marvelous" White. He gave nicknames to all the girls such as "tittle mouse", "kittycat", "bouder bounce", "spooker mcdougle" and "poodle pump."

Toni previously served on the board of the Hancock County Library Foundation. Ironically, the only correspondence she has received from the library since her resignation has been overdue notices for several overdue books (a true statement.) Between ICU, dialysis and physical therapy she selfishly refused to make the time to return them. Her last words were, "tell them that the check is in the mail…" Toni retired from GE Plastics after Hurricane Katrina in 2007. She would undoubtedly cherish the thought of having the former smoking room named in her honor.

Any sendoff for Toni would not be complete without mentioning her lifelong buddy Myrtle Jane Wingo Haas and her adopted daughters Liz & Laura. She considered Aaron Burrell to be a distant grandson (not distant enough) and had the ability with family pets to usher them toward heaven at an unrivaled pace. Her favorite activity was sipping hot tea on her back porch with friends seated around her porch ensemble from Dollar General (again, not kidding.) This will be sold to the highest bidder at her garage 'estate' sale. Any gifts in her honor should be made to the Hancock County Library Foundation (to the overdue book fund.)

Visitation will be held at Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi on Saturday, May 4th at 9:30 a.m. Her memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. (another true statement.) It will be led by Rev. Curt Moore of Orlando, Florida, a questionable choice for any spiritual event, but one the family felt would be appropriate due to the fact that every time Toni heard Curt preach she prayed for Jesus to return at that very moment.

On a last but serious note, the woman who loved life and taught her children to 'laugh at the days to come' is now safely in the arms of Jesus and dancing at the wedding feast of the Lamb. She will be missed as a mother, friend and grandmother. Anyone wearing black will not be admitted to the memorial. She is not dead. She is alive.

Edmond Fahey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Published in New York Times from May 3 to May 4, 2013.
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March 30, 2019
I read Antoni's obituary once a year or so and absolutely love it. I wish I had know her.
KRIS
July 14, 2018
I didn't know her, but what a terrific sense of humor she must have had! Her family clearly loved her very much. I'd like to meet her in heaven someday.
Eddie Hawn
May 5, 2017
Party on in heaven, your one beautiful angel.
Bev Finingan
May 21, 2016
I shared this obituary three years ago, and today it came up in my Facebook memories. It's still delightful. I wish I'd known her.
May 8, 2016
I am so glad this guest book and memorial will never be taken down. What a lovely woman and what treasured memories she left for you all. Yes, indeed, she is alive with Jesus!

Blessings to you both today as you remember your mother and as I remember mine.
Marlene Boulis
April 21, 2015
Every time I drive by Dollar General I think of her!
posey nash
April 20, 2015
I did not know her, but obviously quite a character with a marvelous sense of humor...Pete Cavert, Tuscaloosa, Al
December 9, 2014
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May 28, 2014
Toni and the Bourbon Magnolias!
Jean Larroux
May 28, 2014
We have no idea what killed her? (sloppy roast beef from Pirate's Cove in Pass Christian, MS)
Jean Larroux
May 28, 2014
Toni riding in the kid's cart at Lowe's
Jean Larroux
May 28, 2014
Toni after Katrina (she HATED guns!)
Jean Larroux
May 28, 2014
Toni, Hayden and the girls!
Jean Larroux
May 28, 2014
Toni and the Bourbon Magnolias!
Jean Larroux
May 28, 2014
Toni and her favorite son!
Jean Larroux
April 19, 2014
awesome… I surely hope someone in the following I have will write a great obit for me like that RIP Antonia!
February 20, 2014
I had to read this 3 times...what a wonderful way to honor your mom!! Love, love, love her obit! May she rest in peace!
love life
September 15, 2013
Dream sweet dreams, dear Antonia.
What a family and what a legacy their Mother left them ! Dream sweet dreams,
dear Antonia. May we all meet up some day.
Meredith~Memphis TN
September 14, 2013
I did know this lady.....she was as cool as most might perceive and she passed this coolness on to her children. Her son facilitated the accommodation of thousands of volunteers that helped rebuild the Gulf Coast after Katrina. He is an unassuming, very bright Presbyterian pastor who meant the authoring of this obit to expose as many as possible to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. This obit has been published in just about every major paper in the world. Know Him know peace.
Gary
September 13, 2013
If I am ever blessed with children, I hope they keep it as real as Toni's children did. Thank you for reminding us all that there is love, life and laughter even in the face of death. May her memory be a blessing.
RJ Mendoza
August 17, 2013
Dear Family,

I didn't know Toni, but I sure wish I did.

I first saw her obit in May, printed it out, stashed it in my filofax (yep, still use one) and have read it many times. In fact, I just read it again.

I think it's the most marvelous obit ever -- a testament to you for writing it and of course, to Toni for being the woman who inspired it.

Thanks.
June 20, 2013
Truly an amazing woman with an amazing wit! I'm glad it continues on in her family. She will never really leave any of us! I heard about her obituary on the local radio in TN and just wanted to wish the family and friends hopes they continue with the humor in life.
Rick Rois
June 19, 2013
One of the best obits I've read. She must have been quite a character. Sympathy to the family for this great loss.
June 19, 2013
Go girl! I like you! Well sit down and share some wonderful waffles in heaven when we meet! Lol. So funny.
June 19, 2013
This is a wonderful way to celebrate a wonderful lady! I like others, suspect that she wrote the good parts herself, while others after her followed with her celebration. You most definitively and will be missed, Toni! Truly!
Annie Vaughn
June 6, 2013
I cried with joy reading this. She must of been a wonderful woman
Ben Crofchick
June 2, 2013
It looks like you will be missed dearly ! I believe it would have been a joy to have known you ! I will be looking forward to meeting you whe I come to rest in the arms of Jesus ! God bless your family sweet Lady In Jesus name I pray ! See you in Heaven ! :)
May 30, 2013
What a wonderful obit. It reflects a life full of joy.
SandyX
May 30, 2013
Peering into a future Antonia now knows...
May 30, 2013 How wonderful to read about this Waffle House devotee. Unknown to either of us, we were of a coffee-based sisterhood of longstanding. I spend hours there, learning and reading. I wish I had known her before her obituary introduced us. Thank you to her family who shared it. (And I don't care who wrote it--I will carry it with me today...)
Pat Moran
May 28, 2013
What a terrific, honorable, fabulous way to be honored..this came up by happenstance & by golly you are ALL SO BLESSED. muc love & prayers always
Alesha OliverLane
May 27, 2013
I never met this wonderful lady, but am charmed by the memories that she has left her family. I would have loved to have had her as a friend and am looking forward to meeting her in heaven! She will be the one with the most people around her, I am sure! The Lord is preparing a place for me and I hope she is my next door neighbor.
Nancy Chosich
May 24, 2013
I'm sorry to read you had feline leukemia. Rest in peace.
Tabby The Cat
May 23, 2013
I have a feeling that Ms. Larroux wrote her own obituary. Another plus for her. Meryl Streep will play her in the movie!
May 23, 2013
How light and deep and real. Thank you for writing such a wonderful obit.
Hunter
May 17, 2013
Rest In Peace
Ellisa
May 16, 2013
She is alive indeed! You are blessed as a family.

Topher Vonnegut
May 16, 2013
We live in a small world, full of grace, kindness, love and laughter. This obit proves that! Rest in happiness and peace Ms. Larroux!
Prissy
May 15, 2013
I don't know you, and had never heard of your mother before seeing this linked - and now, I really wish I had known her, she sounds amazing. She must have been an incredible woman, to inspire such a fabulous, hilarious, joyous obituary. I am sorry for your loss, but glad for you that you shared this wonderful woman's life.
Edith Bluhm
May 15, 2013
The Harris's of Baltimore, hon!
How amazing is this tribute, Toni is a gas and I wish I could be surrounded by people like her everyday. Wish I would've been able to take part in her life and memorial. I'm not a believer in Christ, but I'm certain is she existed beyond being a Jewish radical progressive, s/he would've adored being her best friend. But Jesus is not the point. She lived her life to the fullest and tipped it over to make it even more fun! Cheers to her friends... Live life like she did, ok?
Scott Harris
May 14, 2013
What an amazing woman, and what an amazing family you are to have honored her with such a unique, wonderful obituary. God bless you all!
Linda Hart
May 12, 2013
This is truly an incredible woman who must have loved life and the people around her so much to deserve such a wonderful memomorial. Iwish I had the privelege of meeting her.
May 11, 2013
I loved how you honored your Mom with this. I've never met her (nor you, for that matter) and I feel like my life is a little more empty for that fact. Bless your family.
Mary Clevenger
May 11, 2013
You did a wonderful job of celebrating your Mom's life. The whole world is celebrating her with you now. Awesome!!
Amanda W.
May 11, 2013
I am sure she will be missed on this earth, so prayers for the family until they meet her in Heaven for eternity to laugh again :)
May 11, 2013
This woman sounds like she knew how to live! I only wish for a similar obit when my day comes. My condolences to the family.
Bee P
May 11, 2013
Thanks for this lovely tribute. I hope my children love me enough to tell the truth with love in their hearts like this when I die.
Eppie Griffin
May 11, 2013
This is a woman leading a parade in paradise. Condolences and comfort to the family and friends sustaining the loss of such a wonderful person.
Tom HESTLE
May 11, 2013
You were loved by all.
May 10, 2013
RIP ANTONIA, you must have been a real heckuva human bein'
Mike Pasko
May 10, 2013
Wow. What an amazing matriarch of a truly loving family. I'm glad that your delightful sense of humor has reached so many to spread the love of this woman.
Laura
May 10, 2013
I never met this woman and that is my misfortune.........what a wonderful tribute to someone who would have been my best friend. Peace to the family.
May 10, 2013
...much respect for whom ever wrote this and is now the holder of the torch,many blessings.
May 10, 2013
Jean, I always wondered why your mom's ankles were so thin.... God bless her. Thinking of you, Hayden, and your families during this difficult time. My love to Kim. Let me know when y'all are in the Bay and ill run over for a visit. Finney
Finney Couhig
May 10, 2013
What a great send off for your mom. God Bless her and your family.
Jenn
May 10, 2013
What a truly great tribute! I am in funeral service in Phoenix, AZ. This honest, heartfelt tribute, is appreciated. I wish I could purchase the Dollar General furniture and set up a tribute porch in her memory, or you could donate it to the smoking lounge in her honor!What a send off!
Posey Moore Nash
posey nash
May 10, 2013
I want this printed verbatim as my obituary someday. You can tell she was a very special lady. Take care.
Sarah
May 10, 2013
I would have loved to have met her at the Waffle House for coffee on a weekly basis. Something tells me I would have many fantastic stories to share. Bless her.
Nancy Jensen
May 9, 2013
When I go out, I want the person who wrote this obit to write mine. What a great send out to what was probably a fun lady.
Veronica Drake
May 9, 2013
Bravo!
Mark Harrington
May 9, 2013
I did not know Toni, but I wish I did. What an amazing obit. I only hope to leave a mark such as she did on this sometime dull and unforgivable earth. What light, what love, what hilarity (sp?)!!!!! As I used to say "only in New Orleans, or only in Bay St Louis rather!"
Cheers and tears and lauhter forever. What a blessing....
Sarah Anne Minella
May 9, 2013
What a celebration and lovely memorium
becky seals
May 9, 2013
What a celebration of a bright light in your lives!
Cate
May 9, 2013
The BEST obit I have ever read! It reflects someone's personality--not full of a bunch of hyperbolic drivel about how allegedly sweet and kind someone was. How privileged her family and friends were to have her in their lives. May she have peace, love and, of course, lots of laughter in Heaven.
Heather Mezosi
May 9, 2013
What a lady !
May 9, 2013
I am laughing until tears run down my cheeks - hope my children will be as creative - they can tear up the one I've penned.
Bea Adams
May 9, 2013
So sorry to hear of your sisters death. Virginia Fossier (Mildred's niece)
May 9, 2013
Glad she was up there to greet my father-in-law; he rolled in a few days behind her (that probably explains the thunder we're hearing today - no doubt the two of them are getting into all kinds of mischief up there....)

Thanks for sharing your mother with the rest of us! Sorry for your loss, but so happy that you have such wonderful memories of a life well lived.
Teresa Koch
May 9, 2013
I didn't know her, but I wish I did. RIP
May 9, 2013
What a lovely and perfect way to say "see you soon"...
May 9, 2013
what a wonderful woman to inspire such humor and joy as reflected in the obit! Celebrate her life!
Melissa Thompson
May 9, 2013
What an adorable Obituary. Toni and her family clearly have a great sense of humor. It sounds like she truly enjoyed life and I'm sure she is enjoying heaven as well. Thanks for whomever shared this on facebook.
Tuesday Tynan
May 9, 2013
BEST OBITUARY EVER! I suspect she would have loved it, though I can't say for sure since I'm a complete stranger who found the link on FB.
May 9, 2013
Mrs. Larroux is from my Dad's hometown. Sadly, I didn't have the opportunity to get to know her as well as my family did, but I sure wish I had! Sounds like she was one hell of a firecracker;)
Mali Benvenutti
May 9, 2013
Like many here, read Toni's obituary from a link on Facebook. What a beautiful legacy her life has left - a reminder for us all to cherish the moment, appreciate what we have, and laugh at this world, knowing the best is yet to come. May that message continue to fill your heart as you await the day you joyfully will see each other again!
Leisa Piper
May 9, 2013
I came across this obituary on a friend's Facebook page. I never met your mother or your family. However, anyone who could inspire an obituary like this must have been awfully fun to be around. Her obituary, strange at that may seen, brightened my day and for that I thank you. I pray your mother rests in the peace of Christ.
Robert Badger
May 8, 2013
What an amazing legacy you have left as you have started the next journey for your soul. I think it is amazing that this is a celebration of your life, not the mourning of your loss. You'll be dancing with everyone in Heaven. I hope to meet you when I rock on up there.
Mary Marshall
May 8, 2013
i don't know toni, but she is my sister. i am riding in mardi gras parade in 2014 in the krewe of iris and i will be throwing throws for her.long live toni.and come ride with me
May 8, 2013
What a beautiful, hilarious, uplifting tribute. May your memories bring you comfort, and may God bless you.
Marieanne Hunt
May 8, 2013
She must have been a fantastic lady and I would have loved to have known her.
May 8, 2013
Thank you for the best farewell I've ever seen printed. This is how to do it right. Peace and laughter to you and yours.
Jean Synodinos
May 8, 2013
I can only hope and pray that someone loves me this much to truly put real life into words just as you have done. Peace and love
Michelle W
May 8, 2013
I don't know your mother. I found this obit on Facebook probably from someone that loved the obit and didn't know her either. But I must say after reading the obit, I felt like I either knew her in another time, or would have like to know her in this one. Seems like a person that left lasting smile on the people that knew and enjoyed her and a lasting memory on the people that have now read about her. Dalia H. Hernando, Florida
Dalia Halpern
May 8, 2013
Thank you for sharing Antonia with us, so very much. I can only hope to one day leave my children such a legacy as this--but I know they would just scribble on it with crayons anyway.

God bless all of you. Toni IS alive, so long as you keep her in your hearts. Thanks again for letting me have a little of her to carry in mine.
Jay W.
May 8, 2013
Save a dance for Jesus.
Amy
May 8, 2013
You are loved and you will be greatly missed........
Dee Davis
May 8, 2013
Fabulous and this is the way it should be! Tell it as it is. Have a great journey Toni !
Laura Aiken
May 8, 2013
Blessings to your family - how fortunate you were to have such a sprite in your lives and to have inherited her zest for living. She lives in all of you. What a gift to be allowed to have a glimpse of your mom.
Elisabeth Y
May 8, 2013
I am sorry you lost your clearly lovable, wonderful mother. I hope my obit will be as full of love and life as your dear mother's!
D Fisher
May 8, 2013
I do not know your mother or your family. I saw this on a friend's facebook page. I am a Hospice social worker in Louisiana and I absolutely love how you honored your mother in this obituary. It was filled with love and humor. I am printing it out to share at my office. Continue to honor your mother by living life to the fullest.
Ada Marion
May 8, 2013
I'll have some 'smothered and covered' in her honor...Tribute is so awsome and she sounds like someone I wish knew!
Scott Vaughan
May 8, 2013
I never met your mom or any of you but through this I've come to adore you all. What a wonderful legacy!!
Kat Szmit
May 8, 2013
I don't know your family or Toni, but after reading her obit, I feel like she was certainly someone I would liked to have known. You have written a wonderful tribute to her and one that leaves the reader smiling and uplifted. I hope my kids will remember me with such love and humor. Ann G.
Ann G.
May 8, 2013
What a wonderful mother she must have been to have raised children that can make the rest of us laugh like this. Hurray!
Kiki Percival
May 8, 2013
What an unforgettable tribute; sounds like she was much loved. Toni seemed to give new definition to the glass half full.
Charly
May 8, 2013
Never met her and don't know the family but this obit is awesome...wish I did know her...sounds like a great person....
May 8, 2013

"Do not weep because she is gone, smile because she was here" But in this ladies case, laugh out loud. Save a seat for me Toni. Julie
Julie McConnell
May 8, 2013
You all are so lucky to have known her. What a wonderful sendoff. Blessings
Mary Bethune
May 8, 2013
You were so lucky to have her, and she was so blessed to have you. What a beautiful tribute.
Peter Verwer
May 8, 2013
Waffles for everyone, on the house!
Yada Yada
May 8, 2013
She sounds like someone who although she will be missed, she will NEVER be forgotten. God bless her, her sense of humor and the family that also have her special gift. The Obit made me laugh and I feel as If I new her personally. The Larroux family are truly blessed to have had her in their life.
Vanessa
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