Dorothy Louise Dauzat Pugh
Alexandria - A Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy Louise Dauzat Pugh was held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church with Rev. Chad Partain officiating. Interment followed in Alexandria Memorial Gardens under the direction of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home.
Visitation began at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at the church. Recitation of the Holy Rosary was at 10:00 AM at the church.
On Sunday, December 20, 2020, Dorothy Louise Dauzat Pugh, age 88, died at home, following a lengthy illness. She strived to be healthy to love and care for her family through her last days.
Dorothy was born on November 3, 1932, to Lounais and Annie Dauzat in Marksville, Louisiana. She was the fourth of seven children and the oldest daughter. This birth order set the direction of her life. By age five, she was babysitting for her infant sister. By age eight, she began cooking for the family. Dorothy's life was one of service and generosity. She loved being with people. Faith, family, and friends were her focus. Daily rosaries gave her strength; Saint Francis of Assisi Prayer gave her direction. She was dedicated to her Catholic faith and Saint Frances Cabrini Church.
At age 19, she married the love of her life, Willie Edward Pugh, Jr. They were married for 66 years and had two children. Together they built a life around working as a family and helping others. They enjoyed gardening, cooking, playing golf and traveling with their friends.
Dorothy graduated from Marksville High School and later attended business school. She started working at KALB and then spent the remainder of her career with Central State Life Insurance and Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company. She started as a switchboard operator and advanced to Vice President and being on the Board of Directors. Through her work at Kilpatrick, Dorothy had the opportunity to work for Virginia Shehee and considered working with Ms. Shehee an honor. Dorothy was the first female member in the Alexandria Rotary Club and the first female President. She served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, the Little Theater, River Oaks Art Museum, Cenla Celebration, and Security First National Bank. For decades, Dorothy served on the finance council for the Alexandria Catholic Diocese and St. Frances Cabrini Church.
Family who preceded Dorothy in death included her husband Willie, her parents, four brothers, and two sisters.
Family survivors include her two children: Sharon Pugh (Jay Lynch) and David Pugh (Laurie Daviston); six grandchildren: Caroline Coenen, Whitney Clayton (Travis), Jordan Buchanan, Chad Pugh (Kristi), Bart Pugh (Jennifer), and Meagan Peters (Michael); eleven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Elaine Dauzat; brothers-in-law, Edgar Lemoine, Johnny Ducote, and Frank Pugh; and many cherished nephews and nieces.
The family would like to thank her caregivers, Beatrice Jaffe, Teri Ferguson, Brandi Chaisson, Elizabeth Ferguson, Rhonda Gray, and especially, St. Joseph Hospice, who provided such loving care. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to St. Frances Cabrini Church, 2211 E. Texas Ave., Alexandria, LA., 71301.
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