Huguette G. (Marlin) Rich
Georgetown, IN - Huguette G. Rich passed away on the evening of June 2, 2021 at Baptist Floyd Hospital in New Albany, Indiana, surrounded by her family. Huguette was 91.
Huguette was preceded in death by her parents Roger Eugène Clément and Marthe Léontine (Amelina-Rose) Marlin and by her husband William T (Bill) and eldest son Jean-Pierre Rich.
She is survived by her children; Jean-Phillipe (Paula), Jean-Paul, Jean-Patrick (Cheryl), Marie-Chantal (Paul); 11 grandchildren, Christian, Colson (Faith), Cambron (Meg), Brandon, Caleb (Tiffany), Madeleine, Grace, Jean-Pascal, Jean-Claude, Marie-Claire, Jean-Bernard.
Huguette was born in the small town of Yvetot, in Normandy, France. Her childhood was shaped by the loss of her mother when she was 10 and the German WW2 occupation of France which commenced during the same year. Huguette was raised by her grandmother and other relatives, while her father fought in the war. She later moved to the Pyrenees mountains, where she developed a deep love for nature. Huguette's fond memories of the 'simple life' in the mountains remained throughout her life.
Huguette moved to Colchester. England for nursing school where she excelled. During her time at school, she met her husband, Bill who was stationed there with the Air Force. They were married on August 15, 1959. After their marriage and birth of their first child, they moved back to Louisville. While living in Louisville, Huguette and William raised their 5 children living in the Portland neighborhood. Huguette was an amazing cook, where she took her talents to CCS school as a lunchroom lady, and eventually retired from the Passionist Monastery being their main chef. Huguette (affectionately known as Mémère) loved being surrounded by her family, and meals were a big part of that tradition.
Huguette's love for animals started at a very young age and continued throughout her life. Her grandchildren affectionately called her Snow White. When not taking care of her birds (and feeding neighborhood feral cats, opossum and skunks), Huguette and Bill enjoyed walking with a group of dear friends from a local church. Huguette was a cherished friend by many, who truly felt like family to her - some established more than 70 years ago in Europe; others formed 50 years ago in Louisville, and most recently those established with her neighbors (family) in Georgetown.
Huguette and Bill were from an era where the American Dream meant preparing and positioning your children for a better life than the generation before them. By all accounts, they succeeded. Their greatest gift was to teach the value of a loving relationship, a simple life with family, and dinner at home every night. Together they gave of themselves to their family, friends, and to others in need.
Her funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am Friday June 11, 2021 at St. Brigid Catholic Church, 1520 Hepburn Ave - with burial service at Calvary cemetery, immediately following.
Visitation will be from 2:00 -8:00 pm Wednesday, June 9, at The Goetz Center at St. Brigid Catholic Church.
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Published by Courier-Journal from Jun. 6 to Jun. 9, 2021.