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Sylvia Armand

Oct 17, 1938 - Sep 27, 2023

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Moreauville, LA

In Loving Memory of Sylvia Armand Sylvia Armand, beloved mother, sister, and friend, passed away on September 27, 2023, at the age of 84. Sylvia was born on October 17, 1938, in Marksville, Louisiana, to her late parents Widdie, Sr. & Edna Daigrepont Bordelon. Sylvia, known for her warm smile and generous heart, will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Armand, Sr. ; sons, Daniel Burret, Jonathan Armand, and Bobby Armand, Jr. ; granddau...Read More

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Rachel James

Jan 08, 1928 - Jan 13, 2024

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Moreauville, LA

Services are pending for Rachel James, 96, beloved Mother, was called to her eternal resting place on January 13, 2024. She entered this world on January 8, 1928, in Mansura, LA, born to Horace and Florence Boston. She was preceded in death by her parents Horace and Florence Boston, sisters, Bernice Francisco and Magdlen Francisco and brothers, Evan Boston and Oray Boston. In her earlier years, she attended the local schools in Mansura and Marksville. Through her curiosity and under the tutelage of her mom, Florence, she developed a passion for sewing and became an expert seamstress. She could make anything. As a seamstress, she had more time to spend with her seven children. She was a true matriarch who imparted wisdom and guidance to her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends alike. Her home was frequently the gathering place for early morning coffee, coffee after Sunday Mass or Midnight Mass. Her doors and arms were always open and welcoming unless it was during one of her favorite soap operas. Rachel’s ability to interact with the church community made it easy for her to assume a role working in the parish rectory. During her tenure working for the parish, she touched the lives of many before her retirement in 1994. Rachel also shared her love for her community through her work with Green Thumb by working at Mansura Middle School part-time until her full retirement. Rachel was a lifelong and dedicated parishioner of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church. She insisted that all seven of her children attend Our Lady of Prompt Succor School or Cardinal Cushing School. She was an active member of Knights of St. Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary. She leaves to cherish her memories, sister, Marcella Turner and seven Children: daughters- Agatha Jones (Sammie) Elaine Bishop (Curlee) and Lydia Harris (Mark), sons- Gregory James (Pat) Matthew James, Jr (Lynne) Julian James (Paulette) and Bartel James (Kathy). She is also survived by her sister-in-law Julia Boston, and special friend Priscilla Clark and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. We thank God for blessing us with the gift of Rachel for 96 wonderful years! Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Escude Funeral Home of Mansura (6608 Porterie St. Mansura, LA 71350).

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Jesse Ludeau

Dec 24, 1958 - Dec 15, 2023

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Moreauville, LA

Jesse Noel Ludeau, a strong but gentle Cajun from Ville Platte, ended his 21-month battle with pancreatic cancer on December 15th at the age of 64. A quiet, determined man - some might say stubborn or hard-headed - Jesse’s strength helped him defy the odds after his diagnosis and he was a warrior until the very end. He was a hard-working contractor who loved creating beautiful homes for his community, family, and friends. Above all, Jesse was a husband, dad, Pop, baby brother, and a loyal friend. He will forever be remembered by his wife Allyson; son Jay, his wife Nicole, and their children Cain, Madison and Emma; son Chris, his wife Erin, and their children Christopher, Jolie and Emery; stepdaughter Alyce; older siblings Peggy and her husband Preston, Lawrence and his wife Mae, Nancy, Kelly, and Barbara. A Christmas Eve baby, Jesse is now welcomed home by his big sister Patty Sue and his Mama and Daddy, Rosemary and JL. Jesse’s happy place was his beloved family camp, built with his own hands in 2009. Jesse was an avid duck hunter and each season he would meticulously prepare the lake and rice field for opening day, excited about the time he would spend with family and friends. From flooding the fields to brushing the blinds to setting out decoys, Jesse did it all with love. It was Jesse who insisted on keeping Ludeau family traditions alive, such as Good Friday and July 4th gatherings, which always promised fierce washer board games and good food. Jesse was quiet but always ready to celebrate anything with an Old Fashioned. He was happy visiting with friends, cooking (but stay out of his kitchen!), playing dominoes, enjoying music by the fire, and quoting bad television shows and movies ("Seinfeld," "The Burbs," "Joe Dirt," "Gladiator"). Jesse loved building a beautiful life with Allyson, both literally and figuratively. Throughout their time together, he designed and built two houses, an outdoor gathering place, and food plots for the backyard birds. But more importantly, he built a relationship of love and respect. A celebration of Jesse’s life will be held on Tuesday, December 19, from 1-3 p. m. , at his home in Lakeland. In the famous words of one of Jesse’s favorites, Joe Dirt, "Life’s a garden, dig it".

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Michael Alexander

Feb 08, 1954 - Dec 02, 2023

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Moreauville, LA

Funeral Mass for Michael Christopher Alexander of Simmesport will begin at 12:00pm on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Moreauville with Fr. Brian Seiler. Burial will follow at Greater New Bethel Baptist Cemetery in Simmesport. Visitation will begin at 7:00am until 11:45am, on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at Escude Funeral Home in Moreauville. Michael Alexander, age 69, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 44 years, Demetria Francois-Alexander; son, LaDarren Alexander (Adrian Alexander); daughters, Tamara Alexander & LaKeshia Wells; helped raise as his own, Selisha Deshautelle; his mother, Ludie Ann Goody-Alexander; brother, Richard Roy "Pop" Alexander, Jr. ; sisters, Rachael Ann Alexander, Ethel Grace Alexander, Kathy Marie Jackson (Roscoe); 6 grandchildren, Rashawn, Demetrius, Unique, Mila, Mia, & Kaylynn. He is also survived by uncle, Oscar Goody, Sr. ; aunt, Bernadette Goody; sisters-in-law, Annetta Mickie Dupas, Frankie Houston (Earl), Willie Lynette Francois; brother-in-law, George Brown. He was preceded in death by his son, Corey Alexander; his father, Richard Roy Alexander, Sr. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Escude Funeral Home (318-964-2324) 115 Lemoine St. Moreauville, LA 71355.

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Holly Gaspard

Dec 18, 1965 - Nov 28, 2023

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Moreauville, LA

Memorial service for Holly Anne Gaspard of Lettsworth is currently pending with Escude Funeral Home. Holly Anne Gaspard, Age 57, embarked on her eternal journey on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on December 18, 1965, in Marksville, Louisiana, to her mother, Gloria Gaspard and her late father, Martin Gaspard. She is survived by her two cherished children, Hazedon Lee Barton and Gabrielle Desselle Barton. She is also remembered by her loving mother, Gloria Gaspard and by her siblings, Marty Gaspard (Cindy) , Sheryl Janet (Daniel), and Christina Harrison (Raymond). Holly is preceded in death by her brother Lane. Holly's bond with her brothers and sisters was unbreakable, and the memories they shared will forever echo in their hearts. With a strong focus on her education, Holly graduated at Catholic of Pointe Coupee and Northwestern State University. Holly found joy in life's simple pleasures. She had a passion for hot air balloon festivals, where the vibrant colors and soaring heights mirrored the spirit with which she lived her life. An enthusiast of life's celebrations, Holly reveled in attending parties, particularly relishing the joyous atmospheres of weddings and baby showers. Her presence added an extra sparkle to these occasions, and her infectious laughter echoed in the hearts of all who joined in the festivities. As we say our goodbyes, let us remember Holly Anne Gaspard not with sorrow, but with gratitude for the light she brought into our lives. May her memory be a beacon of love that guides us through the shadows and inspires us to cherish every moment. Rest in peace, dear Holly. You will be deeply missed, but your legacy will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know you.

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Kenneth Gremillion

Aug 04, 1940 - Oct 31, 2023

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Moreauville, LA

Kenneth Gremillion, a beloved member of the Cottonport community, passed away on October 31, 2023, at the age of 83. Kenneth was known for his unwavering commitment to his family, his community, and his passion for various organizations and businesses. Kenneth began his education at Cottonport Elementary and later graduated from Cottonport High School. He further pursued his studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Throughout his life, Kenneth continuously sought to expand his knowledge and skills. As an active member of the "Cottonport Jaycees", Kenneth served as President, leaving behind a legacy of community involvement and service. He also made significant contributions as a truck operator for the Cottonport Volunteer Fire Department, ensuring the safety and well-being of his fellow community members. Kenneth's entrepreneurial spirit shone through his ownership and management of Gremillion Bros, Inc. Farm Equipment Dealership in Cottonport and Marksville. He was not only a successful businessman but an integral part of the farming community. Kenneth's dedication to the agricultural industry led him to co-own Dixie Tractor Co of Opelousas and venture into real estate, developing several subdivisions in Cottonport. One of Kenneth's most notable achievements was the establishment of the annual "Fireworks on the Bayou" event in Cottonport. An event that started with red road flares lighting the bayou, it grew to become a cherished tradition that brought the community together to celebrate and enjoy the illuminating display. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Kenneth held public office as Alderman and Mayor Pro-Tem for the Town of Cottonport, exhibiting his commitment to improving the lives of his fellow citizens. Serving for eight years, Kenneth tirelessly worked to make Cottonport a better place for everyone. Kenneth's love for nature led him to become one of the original incorporators and board members of the Grand Lake Rod & Gun Club. He cherished and respected the beauty of the Louisiana landscape and local wildlife. In his spare time, Kenneth was an avid member of the Deep South Farm Equipment Association, fostering connections and sharing his expertise with fellow industry professionals. Kenneth Gremillion is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Laura Moreau Gremillion, and his three loving children, Craig Gremillion (Mary), Jody Normand (Wayne), and Jamie LaPraire (David). Kenneth is also survived by his six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched throughout the years. Kenneth is preceded in death by his children, Christine Gremillion and Chad Gremillion; great-granddaughter, Jordyn Barnes; parents, Roland & Ruby Scallan Gremillion; siblings, Barbara Gremillion and Ronald Gremillion; and brothers-in-law, Jack Roy and Ted Chatelain, James "T-Jim" Moreau; sister-in-law, May Chatelain. Funeral services to celebrate Kenneth's remarkable life and honor his memory will be held at St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church of Cottonport on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023 beginning at 11:00am with Fr. Charles Ray officiating. Visitation will take place at the Escude Funeral Home of Cottonport on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023 from 8:30am until time of mass. Following the services, Kenneth will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Catholic Mausoleum #2 of Cottonport. Kenneth Gremillion will forever be remembered for his extraordinary contributions to his community, his dedication to family, and his unwavering spirit. Although he may be gone, his legacy will continue to inspire and impact the lives of those who were fortunate enough to know him. Escude Funeral Home of Cottonport, 552 Front St. Cottonport, LA 71327 (318-964-2324) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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Zachary Tippit

Oct 28, 2023 - Oct 28, 2023

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Moreauville, LA

In loving memory of Zachary Dylan TippitIt is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Zachary Tippit, who entered into eternal rest on his very day of birth, October 28, 2023. Although his time with us was far too brief, his impact on our hearts and lives will be everlasting. Zachary's spirit and the love he brought will forever remain in the hearts of his mother, Sarah, and his father, Nathan. Their love for him was immeasurable, and their bond will continue to endure even through this difficult time of grieving. In celebration and remembrance of Zachary, a Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 3, 2023, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Escude Funeral Home in Mansura. Where family and friends will gather to honor his memory. Those left to cherish his memory are his parents, Nathan Tippit and Sarah Ponthier; big brother, Tucker Cole Tippit; big sister, Arya Rose Tippit; maternal grandmother, Wendy Ponthier; paternal grandparents, Michael (Melanie) Foster and paternal grandmother, Trinity Harris; uncles, Zachery Ponthier, Dylan Raffray, and Caleb Ponthier; aunts, Jacie Tippit, Chelsea Tippit, Amber Gaspard, Malia Jimenez, Kelli Ponthier, and Katie Hawkins; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral arrangements have been under the direction of Escude Funeral Home.

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Laszlo Szekely

Apr 19, 1937 - Oct 21, 2023

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Moreauville, LA

Memorial Mass for Laszlo "Louis" Szekely of Moreauville will begin at 10:00am on Friday, November 3, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Moreauville with Fr. Brian Sieler officiating. Entombment will follow at the Sacred Heart Mausoleum. Rosary prayer will begin at 9:30am on Friday, November 3, 2023,, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Laszlo Szekely, a devoted husband, loving father, and cherished grandfather, passed away peacefully on October 21, 2023, at the age of 86 at his home in Moreauville. Born on April 19, 1937, in Fogadj Istan, Romania, Laszlo had a tumultuous childhood and began working diligently from a young age. Coming to the United States during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, Laszlo made his way to New Orleans by sheer determination. At just 19 years old, he found himself embarking on a journey of resilience and independence. Through his unwavering determination, Laszlo learned the trade of masonry and worked tirelessly to build a successful career. It was in New Orleans that Laszlo's path would intersect with his beloved wife, Frances. They met amidst a game of soccer, or as Laszlo would call it, "football," in Audubon Park. Their connection was undeniable, and soon they began a courtship that would last a lifetime. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage and were the proud parents of a beautiful family. Laszlo was a man of deep gratitude for the life he had built and held a special place in his heart for his family. Known for his unwavering love and devotion, he adored spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. His warmth and kindness extended beyond his immediate family, as he also cherished his relationships with Frances' family. Despite the distance, he still visited his loved ones in Hungary, embracing the opportunity to reconnect with his roots. In his leisure time, Laszlo found solace and joy in activities that allowed him to connect with nature. Whether it was shrimping, fishing, hunting, or water skiing, he was at his happiest when surrounded by the great outdoors. Laszlo also had a passion for motorcycles, both dirt bikes and street bikes, adding an element of excitement to his life. Laszlo "Louis" Szekely will be deeply missed but forever remembered for his unwavering love, strength, and zest for life. May his soul find eternal peace, and may his memory continue to inspire and uplift all those whose lives he touched. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Frances Soldani Szekely of Moreauville; sons, Brett Szekely (Lisa) of Pensacola, FL and Laszlo Szekely, Jr. (Misty) of Picayune, MS; 8 grandchildren: Leah, Holly, Devin, Kersty, Tyler, Kelly, Jonathan, & Alex; 11 great-grandchildren: James, Olivia, Anna Kate, Berkley, Vivienne, Averi, Christian, Jacob, Emma, Eloise, & Aubri; and 1 great-great-grandchild, Oakley Mae; siblings, Anthol, Anna, & Icu. He was preceded in death by his parents, Menyhert Szekely & Veronika Tusa Szekely. ; and sister, Marie. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Escude Funeral Home (318-964-2324) 115 Lemoine St. Moreauville, LA 71355.

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Darry Phillips

Mar 13, 1949 - Oct 19, 2023

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Moreauville, LA

Life of Journey Darry Phillips was a child of Louis Phillips and Fannie Beverly. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior at an early age until his death. Darry received his education in Bunkie, Louisiana. After receiving his education, he was drafted in the United States Army and was deployed to Vietnam where he served his time and became Honorable discharged. On April 12th 1969, Darry married Annie Mae Slaughter. To this union two children were born. Angela Phillips and Troy Phillips. Darry was called home on Thursday, October 19th at 12:15am. He leaves to cherish his lovely wife, Annie Mae Phillips from Cottonport, Louisiana; two daughters, Angela Phillips Dubrveil (Keith) from Kathy, Texas and Elnora Clayton from Alexandria, Louisiana; two sons, Troy Phillips (Daniell) and David McKinnely, who preceded him in death; four sisters, Geraldine Hatfield (Wilson), Linia Lee (Larry) from Houston, Texas; Sally Beverly Matthew and Rosalee Illes both from Houston, Texas who both preceded him in death; five brothers, Vernon Phillips (Evelyn) and preceded him in death, Willie Arthur Beverly, Cephas Beverly Jr. , James Phillips, and Louis Phillips. He also leaves to cherish his other children, granddaughter, Troineshia Wickliffe, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

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Ronald Juneau Sr

Sep 09, 1950 - Oct 15, 2023

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Moreauville, LA

In Loving Memory of Ronald James "Ronnie" Juneau, Sr. Born on September 9, 1950, Ronald James Juneau Sr, known affectionately as Ronnie, sadly passed away on Sunday, October 15th, 2023, at the Rivière de Soleil Community Care Center of Mansura. He was 73 years old. Ronald was a dedicated farmer who poured his heart and soul into his work. He possessed an unwavering passion for agriculture and spent a lifetime tending to the land. With his hard work and perseverance, he created a legacy that will endure for generations to come. Ronald shared his life with his beloved wife, Margaret Rozas Juneau, for over five decades. They were inseparable, weathering life's ups and downs with unwavering love and commitment. Together, they built a beautiful family and created countless cherished memories. Ronald will forever hold a special place in the hearts of his children: Ron Juneau Jr. (Layla), Monique Juneau Chianelli (Nathan), Leslie Juneau Southern (Craig), and Natalie Juneau Carney (Scott). He was a loving and supportive father, always there to lend a helping hand or offer words of wisdom. His children will follow in his footsteps, carrying on the values and traditions he instilled in them. Family was everything to Papa, and his eighteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren brought him immense joy and pride. He was a pillar of love and support, showering them with affection and wisdom. His legacy will live on through each generation he influenced. Ronald is also survived by his sister, Joyce Dupuy (James), and brother-in-law, Fred Fusee. They shared a bond of kinship and friendship that brought comfort and laughter to their lives. Ronald was preceded in death by his father, Roland J. Juneau, his caring mother and step-father, Lorena Juneau Dupuy and Wade Dupuy, as well as his brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Delores Juneau, and his sister, Loretta Fusee. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, October 21st, 2023, at 11:00am at the St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church of Cottonport. Family and friends are invited to join together at the funeral visitation to reminisce, share stories, and honor the incredible man that Ronnie was. The visitation will take place at the St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church of Cottonport from 8:00am until time of the funeral service. Following the mass, Ronald will be entombed at Church of the Little Flower Mausoleum in Evergreen, LA. Ronnie's memory will forever be etched in the hearts of all who knew him. His warm smile, kind heart, and unwavering devotion to his family and community will be cherished and remembered for years to come. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church in Ronald's honor. This will help carry on his spirit of love and compassion for others. Escude Funeral Home of Mansura, 6608 Porterie St. Mansura, LA 71350 (318-964-2324) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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Ralph Roland

Feb 29, 1960 - Oct 06, 2023

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Moreauville, LA

Ralph Roland, a beloved husband, father, and hardworking truck driver, passed away on October 6, 2023, at the age of 63. Ralph's generous spirit and joyful presence will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Ralph lived a simple and fulfilling life, finding joy in the small moments, and cherishing the love of his family. He demonstrated determination and resilience throughout his career as a truck driver in the agriculture industry. When Ralph wasn’t in his truck working, or spending time with his family, one could find him with pole in hand fishing. Ralph's dedication to his work and his impeccable driving skills earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues. He leaves behind his loving wife, Beryl Roland, whose unwavering support and love sustained him throughout their years together. Ralph was the proud father of two daughters, Megan Roland (Shawn) and Shelby Roland (Cameron); grandchildren, Jace Lachney, Braelynn Lachney, and Saylor Rachal-Coco; sisters, Julie Dalgo and Jamie Pierite. He cherished every moment spent with his children and grandchildren. He was a constant pillar of strength and guidance in their lives. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Roland and Sarah Estelle Franks Parks. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to a charity close to Ralph's heart, such as the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Ralph Roland will forever be remembered for his genuine kindness, unwavering love for his family, and his strong work ethic. May his soul find eternal peace, and may his memory continue to inspire all those whose lives he touched. Escude Funeral Home of Mansura, 6608 Porterie St. Mansura, LA 71350 (318-964-2324) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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