Hebert, Joyce Laverne Baxley
Joyce Laverne Baxley Hebert, devoted woman of God, dedicated teacher and mentor, and loving wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017. Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church, Plaquemine from 9:00 a.m. until religious services at noon, conducted by Rev. Keith Horton. Entombment will follow at Grace Memorial Park. Born January 3, 1923, in El Dorado, Arkansas, Joyce attended Crescent Elementary School and Plaquemine High School. She graduated as Valedictorian from Minden High School and received her Bachelor's Degree from Normal State College (now Northwestern) in Natchitoches, Louisiana, in 1944. There she served as president of Kappa Delta Pi (education honor society), vice-president of Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society), and treasurer of Theta Sigma Upsilon (social sorority). She later earned her Master's Degree in Education, Plus 30 hours in Counseling, at LSU. She worked at Plaquemine High School for many years, retiring in 1986 after 18 years teaching history, social studies, and English, and 19 years as head counselor. She then served as guidance counselor and assistant principal at St. John Catholic School. Professionally, she was involved in numerous educational committees and councils concerning curriculum development, methodology, learning problems, drug prevention, and mental health. She sponsored National Honor Society and the National Beta Club, serving as the Louisiana State Sponsor, and receiving a 30-year service pin at the 1989 Louisiana State Beta Convention. A member of First Baptist Church in Plaquemine, she
served faithfully as a trustee and the teacher of the Ladies 1 Sunday school class. She was particularly fond of the church's annual Ladies' Tea, where she always sponsored a table, filling it with her floral creations and sharing it with her beloved family. As past president of the Plaquemine Garden Club, she was inducted into the Circle of Roses in 2010. She wrote the club's annual Conservation and Environment paper for many years. She loved reading, gardening, sewing, and
spending time with
family, especially her granddaughters. Joyce
Mardi Gras season in
she was active in the
Krewe of Cypress,
Krewe of Okeanos,
and Krewe du Roi.
She wrote numerous
tableau scripts, designed costumes, and, as a master seamstress, brought many costume designs to life. She also loved to dance and served as past president of the Merrymakers Dance Club. Always active in Plaquemine's community life, she was a member of Friends of the Iberville Parish Library, Friends of the Locks, and the Iberville Parish Museum. Joyce was a gracious lady who never failed to send a personal note of encouragement and thanks. Her vitality, creativity, and thoughtfulness will be missed by family and community alike. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Warren James Hebert, Jr.; parents, Lester Leo Baxley and Vera Gamble Baxley; brother, Perry Leo Baxley and wife, Ruby. She is survived by her son, Dana Warren Hebert and wife Rachael; three granddaughters;
Jennifer Fultz and husband Michael, Margot Barabas, and Raegan Hebert; great- granddaughter, Flynn Fultz;
brother, Hugh Francis Baxley and wife Gwen; their children, Francis Ghent Baxley; Janina Joyce Rogers and husband Dan, and their daughter, Anne; Megan Monk and husband Stephen, and their daughters, Ella and Sarah Gray; nephew Steve Baxley; niece Debra Baxley; and beloved friends, Vonnie Irwin and Katherine Desselles. Pallbearers will be Francis Ghent Baxley, Bill Cooper, Jack Franklin, Hilton Guidry, John Seneca, and Richard Trepagnier. Honorary pallbearers are Hugh Baxley and Bill Satterwhite. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Joyce Baxley Hebert Memorial Fund at First Baptist Church (24525 Ory Avenue, Plaquemine, LA, 70764). Please share sympathies, condolences, and memories online at www. wilbertservices.com.