LAFLEUR, RUBY LETCHWORTH (MRS. AUSTIN B. LAFLEUR) A most loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, she passed peacefully at her residence on Wednesday morning, March 3, 2004. She was 94 years old. Born on June 6, 1909, in Franklinton, she was one of the six children of Prospere D. Letchworth and Genora Spencer Letchworth. In 1939, she married Austin Benjamin Lafleur. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Rohan Benjamin Lafleur and wife Lorraine of Baton Rouge and Austin Charles Lafleur and wife Libby of St. Francisville; eight grandchildren, Mary Lafleur, New Orleans, and fiance Eric Holmes, Charles Christian Lafleur, Baton Rouge, Suzanne Lafleur Warwick and husband Brent of Kobe, Japan, Michael Lafleur, Baton Rouge, Lauralee Lafleur, Rock Hill, S.C., Scott Lafleur, Baton Rouge, Brittanie Lafleur Van Dyke and husband Tracy, Denham Springs, and Brooklyn Lafleur, Baton Rouge; a loving sister, Billie Wire, Baton Rouge; sisters-in-law, Theresa L. Beazer and Hazel Lafleur, both of Bunkie, and Patricia Lafleur, Baton Rouge; and a host of nephews and nieces, whom she loved dearly, most especially her niece, Caroline Wire, Baton Rouge. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Austin Benjamin Lafleur; sons, Sgt. Gregory L. Lafleur and George M. Lafleur; a granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Lafleur; parents; sisters, Bessie L. Peck and Elsie O. Letchworth; and brothers, Roy A. Letchworth and George M. Letchworth. She and her husband were charter members of St. Alphonsus Parish, where she was a member of the Ladies Altar Society. The family received visitors at Welsh Funeral Home, 6700 Florida Blvd., on Friday, March 5, 2004, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation on Saturday, March 6, 2004, from 9 a.m. until funeral Mass at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Greenwell Springs Road, at 10 a.m. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Charles Christian Lafleur, Michael Lafleur, Scott Lafleur, Tracy Van Dyke, Eric Holmes, Robin Lafleur, Floyd Andes and James LaFleur. Honorary pallbearers are Francis R. Lafleur, Lloyd Spencer, Cary Spencer, Thelbert Spencer, Joseph Beazer and Marvin Lafleur. The family is most grateful to Dr. Efrain Reyes for his skilled, personal and devoted care, as well as to the staff of St. Joseph Hospice for their compassionate ministrations.
Published in The Advocate from Mar. 4 to Mar. 6, 2004.