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Mary Hebert


1930 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
Mary Hebert Obituary
A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Patricia "Pat" Hebert will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 16, 2010, in Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, with Rev. Dan O'Connor and Rev. Martin L. Laird officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Pineville, under the direction of John Kramer & Son.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday and from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at John Kramer & Son.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.
Mary Patricia Morgan Hebert was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on July 29, 1930 and passed away in the early morning of November 13, 2010. Pat's early years were spent in Mamou, LA, in the loving care of her Aunt Melicia Soileau. She later moved to Port Arthur, TX with her parents, Emily Soileau Morgan Thompson and Thomas James Morgan, where she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and attended Lamar Jr. College before transferring to Southwestern LA University, (now ULL) majoring in Physical Education. It was at Southwestern that she first saw Malcolm Hebert's "beautiful blue eyes", who was entranced by Patsy's beauty and auburn hair. Following their marriage in 1950, Pat devoted herself to her husband and five children. In later years she served as Title V Employment Program Assistant Director and as Director of the Rapides Parish Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. She retired after 21 years of service to the Rapides Council on Aging. Pat was honored to receive the Governor's Legacy of Achievement Award for her valuable contributions. Mother's life work was raising and spoiling five children, their friends, and a menagerie of animals, while making our home welcoming, celebrative, and solid. An intelligent woman of courage and elegance, her strength, determination, and dedication to family has impacted all who had the honor of knowing her. Pat was an avid reader, gardener, and bourree' player, she rarely missed a game, ceremony, or performance of her children and grandchildren. Following her husband's massive stroke, Pat was a devoted caregiver for 25 years, dedicated to his health and quality of life. Her courage, strength, concern for others, and joy in reminiscing with family and friends the last few months have made us all better persons.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Malcolm P. Hebert, Sr.; parents, Thomas James Morgan and Emily Morgan Thompson; her loving Aunt, Melicia Soileau; and son-in-law B. Dexter Ryland. Left to cherish her memory are five loving and grateful children, son Malcolm Paul Hebert, Jr. and wife Susan; daughters, Paulette Hebert Ryland, Tommie Hebert, and Renee' Hebert Gutierrez, all of Alexandria, and daughter Deborrah Hebert, of Vallejo, CA; six grandchildren, Malcolm Paul "Trey" Hebert, III, of Lafayette, and Clifton Bert Ryland, Jillian Ann Gutierrez, Melicia Soileau Ryland, Amelia Marydell Ryland, and John Schilling Gutierrez, all of Alexandria. She is also survived by her sister-in-laws, Maxine Hebert Meadows of Alexandria and Betty Hebert Thompson of Lake Charles; and numerous nieces, nephews, great and great great nieces and nephews, and other family and friends.
The family would like to thank the staff of Cabrini Hospital and the compassionate and wonderful caregivers and administrators of Naomi Heights Nursing Home for their caring expertise, respect, and concern for mother and our family during this difficult time. Pallbearers will be Malcolm Paul "Trey" Hebert, III, Clifton Bert Ryland, John Schilling Gutierrez, Jr., Shane Thompson, Brad Wilson, Lucas LaCour, and John Gutierrez. Honorary Pallbearers will be Martin Thompson, Tom Nash, and Leland Fontenot.
Online notes of condolence may be sent to the family at [email protected]

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Published in The Town Talk from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2010
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