Jennifer Ritter Guidry
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Jennifer Ritter Guidry

Lafayette - A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 AM on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 419 Doucet Road, Lafayette, LA, for Jennifer Ritter Guidry, age 43, who passed away suddenly on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

Monsignor W. Curtis Mallet will serve as Celebrant and will conduct the funeral services. Reverend Neil Petit will serve as Con-celebrant.

Jennifer is survived by her husband, Jesse Guidry; her sons, Cash Cooper and Aldus Guidry; her parents, Cathy and Ervin Ritter, Jr.; her brothers, Lee and his wife, Elizabeth, and Steven; her brother-in-law, Jacques and his wife, Lynsey; her sister-in-law, Jordan and her husband, Jake, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who dearly loved her.

She was preceded in death by her aunt, Beth Stark; her maternal grandparents, L.J. and Joeline Menou Stark of Eunice; her paternal grandmother, Gladys Heyne Darby of New Iberia, two cousins and one nephew.

Jennifer earned both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in history from USL/UL. As a devoted Ragin Cajun, she continued to serve her university, first serving as the Assistant Director for the Programming and Special Projects Division for fifteen years, then overseeing production for the UL Press for three years, and, finally, taking on the role of Assistant Director of CCET/P&SP. At the time of her death, she served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act; a role in which she collaborated with community organizations to increase awareness of Louisiana's costal land loss crisis and engaged with local residents to develop strategies that would allow them to continue to thrive along Louisiana's working coast as stewards of the landscape, culture and economy.

There is not enough space in this newspaper to accurately portray the depth of life this woman lived. Jennifer's maternal instincts were felt by anyone in her presence. If there was a baby in the room, she would scoop them into her arms and give the best snuggles. She was "Nanny" and "Best Friend" to all of her nieces and nephews.

Not only was Jennifer an amazing mother, she was also a dear friend to so many in this community. Through her philanthropic work, she pretty much knew everyone in town. Fueled by her passions, she served on many local boards for organizations such as the Acadiana Food Alliance, Acadiana Open Channel, and Designing Women of Acadiana. She was also a member of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Commission.

Jennifer led a full life, both personally and professionally. Her family and friends, the community, history, the arts, culture, conservation and her beloved USL/UL were major parts of her life. A bright light has been extinguished in the lives of an array of people who both loved and respected her. She will be dearly missed.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoyed piddling with her plants, propagating succulents, scoring amazing finds at estate sales, creating unique art pieces with local flare and hanging with her girlfriends. Most important to her always was her husband, her two sons, and her loving family.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Delhomme Funeral Home - Bertrand on Friday, November 13, 2020, from 12:00 PM until 8:00 PM. A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 PM on Friday in the funeral home. Visitation will resume on Saturday, November 14, 2020, from 9:30 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in Jennifer's name to

Personal condolences may be sent to the Guidry Family at

Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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November 25, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Jennifer's passing. The entire Ritter & Guidry families will remain in our prayers. May the love of friends and family carry you through these difficult times.
Jon Domingue
November 14, 2020
Thank you for being. Thank you for laughing. Thank you for living. Thank you for leading. Thank you for loving. Thank you for giving. Pictured is Our Lady of the Pyrex Dish by Jennifer Ritter Guidry, one of the many gifts she so generously gave.
Becca Begnaud
November 12, 2020
We met Jennifer when we first moved here in 2009 and she and Pud Sharp were doing that wonderful In Your Own Backyard series at Vermilionville. We were so impressed with her energy, knowledge and poise. She was so friendly and engaging--we never missed a program! She became such an asset to this community and Louisiana. Her loss is incalculable. Our deepest sympathy is with you, your family and all who knew and loved her.
Kathleen and Doug McLeod
November 12, 2020
On behalf of Myrtle Place Elementary’s community, our deepest condolences to Ms. Guidry’s family. Aldus, lâche pas la patate mon chéri. Nous serons toujours là pour toi.
Catherine B.
November 12, 2020
Jesse, Guidry and Ritter families

My condolences thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Thomas Falgout
November 12, 2020
My first memory of Jennifer was t-ball at Woodvale Elementary. She and my daughter Hillary Harper would pick flowers in the out field while waiting for the ball to come near them. So sorry to hear of Jennifer's passing
Mary Harper
November 11, 2020
My heart is broken for each and every one suffering the loss of this amazingly inspirational woman. Please know that Aldus' class and teachers are with you in this time of loss.
Aldus, on t'aime gros comme le ciel...
Mme Joy Stalnaker
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