Lydia Mae (Viator) Nowell
1939 - 2016
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Lydia Mae Viator Nowell died peacefully in her sleep at her home on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. She was born August 24, 1939 in New Iberia, Louisiana, and she was a longtime resident of Belle Chasse, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, Addis Paul Viator and Agnes David Viator. She is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, James Mitchell (Mitch) Nowell, Sr., and her seven children, Rocky Paul Laliberte, Sr. (Cathy), Sheila Laliberte Derouen (Raymond, Sr.), Dwayne Mark Laliberte (Kim), Rachel Laliberte Sercovich (Terry), Brent James Laliberte (Kathy), James Mitchell (Mitch) Nowell, Jr. (Betty) and Gary Brian Nowell (Jean). She is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, her sisters, Joyce Viator Thompson Sikes (George), Linda Viator Clause, Susan Viator Thibodeaux (Johnny), and her brother, Troy Jude Viator. She fought a courageous battle with lung cancer, but never lost the joy for life, and exemplified what a graceful, peaceful passing should look like. Throughout her entire illness she was determined to remain strong, and to keep a smile on her face, as she convinced the family to be prepared for her passing, when she herself was already at peace. The family would like to thank the entire staff of the Heart of Hospice for their support throughout this difficult time in our lives, and particularly her main caregiver, Ashley Smith, and her aide Lienienka Johnson, who provided for such a beautiful transition. The family also wishes to thank Dr. Robert Kessler and his staff at the West Jefferson Cancer Center for the excellent care and support that she received during the last five years. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, from 10:30 AM until 1 PM, with a Funeral Mass beginning at 1 PM. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Heart of Hospice, 1700 Belle Chasse Highway, Suite B230, Gretna, LA 70056. MOTHE FUNERAL HOMES is assisting the family during this time. For directions or to view and sign the online guest book, please visit:

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Published in The New Orleans Advocate from Nov. 15 to Nov. 18, 2016.
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November 18, 2016
Mitch, so sorry to hear of Ms Lydia's passing. I unfortunately could not make the service as I just got out of the hospital myself. Take care of yourself, love you.
Ann Bildner
November 18, 2016
Brent, I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious mother. My prayers are with you and your family.
Gwendy Gardner
November 17, 2016
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November 16, 2016
Our heartfelt condolences to Lydia's family and friends. The times I spent with her I thoroughly enjoyed them she was a very intelligent and wise lady who was the sweetest lady I have ever met I thank y'all for sharing her with me and also with our family. We will be keeping her in our prayers as well as all of you I know she's a great loss to your family but she is an asset to heaven and she is now free from any bodily pain that she was suffering from. I pray that God wraps his arms around each and everyone of you and comfort you in the days ahead of you. Lisa and Royal David and family from North Carolina
Elizabeth David
November 16, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss.
Jo Ann Collet
November 16, 2016
So sorry for your lost.
Ginger Burns
November 16, 2016
Brent Kathy and Family -I'm so so sorry for your loss. I'm praying for your entire family. Your mom sounds like a very loving person. Heaven gained a special angel.
Susan Vrbaskovich
November 15, 2016
I am so very sorry for your loss. Lydia was such a friendly, loving person. My daughter, Kim, loved her so much. She will be missed by all who knew her. May she rest In peace and be joined by her mother and father and other members of her family in heaven. ❤
Wonnie Livingston
November 15, 2016
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