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Recent obituaries in Iberville Parish

Comeaux, Brenda Marie

Brenda Marie Comeaux passed away at the home she loved so much on August 23, 2009 at 5:45 p.m. in Plaquemine at the age of 54. Brenda left a legacy of love, friendship, and talent. She was a creative individual who had a flair for designing and decorating. In her early years, she was involved in the wholesale and retail fashion industry, coordinating and modeling in many local and statewide style shows for department stores, modeling agencies and hair salons. She enjoyed helping friends and family decorate their homes for parties and holidays and could make beautiful flower arrangements with simple greenery from the yard. Brenda enjoyed transforming vintage hats into spectacular headpieces using silk flowers, antique brooches and exotic plumage. Many, especially at Kentucky Derby time, pursued her millinery talents. She was truly an artist who could do so much with so little. Brenda’s true love though was Mardi Gras. This was evident by her involvement in the Krewe of Okeanos and Krewe du Roi Balls of Plaquemine. She was a board member of Okeanos and Ball Captain in 1991 and 2000 and Co-Ball Captain in 1993. She was the first woman Co-Ball Captain of Krewe du Roi in 1988 and again in 1995. She organized entertainment, coordinated music, decorated sets, costumes and headpieces. Brenda’s name was synonymous with Mardi Gras in Plaquemine, and talents such as hers were a high commodity throughout the year. She was a member of the St. John Alumni Association and past recipient of the Presidents Award; Plaquemine Garden Club; former member of Main Street Promotions Committee; Krewe of Okeanos and an honorary member of Krewe du Roi. Brenda’s unique flavor for life, friends, family and good times will be remembered by all those whose lives she touched.

Visitation was Tuesday at Wilbert Funeral Home in Plaquemine from 6 to 9 p.m. and on

Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Plaquemine from 9 a.m. until

Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Monsignor Earl Gauthreaux and

Rev. Cleo Milano. Interment was at Grace Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Russell

Gerace, Dan Alexander, Mark Verbois, Brad Hanks, John “Plug” Barlow, Daniel

Schnebelen. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Gerard Falgoust, Leonard Gauthreaux and

Leo Rose.

She is survived by three loving brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph Jr. and Peggy S. Comeaux, Darrel and Jackie M. Comeaux, and Edward Earl and Anita H. Comeaux, all of Plaquemine; two special uncles, the Rev. Monsignor Earl Gauthreaux of New Orleans and Leonard Gauthreaux and wife Jocelyn of Addis; four nephews, Mark, Derek “DJ”, Christopher and Randolph Comeaux and his wife Francisa; three nieces, Amy Falcon and her husband Danny, Sacha and Natalie Comeaux; four great nieces, Lindsey and Ali Falcon, Kaci and Emily Comeaux, and two step-nieces Jennifer Lefebvre and Lauren Bourgoyne. A special friend, Michael Robison. Brenda was involved in the lives of all her nieces, nephews and great-nieces and was deeply loved by them. She also will be remembered by a host of devoted friends and cousins who were by her side throughout her illness.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Jr. and Blanche G. Comeaux.

Special thanks to cousins Jane, Penny and Alicia and her many, many friends who were caregivers, Dr. Gerard Falgoust, Dr. Patrick Stagg, Tara and Tisha, Comfort Care Hospice, and the Cancer Services of Baton Rouge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church or St. Maria Goretto Catholic Church in New Orleans. Please share sympathies, condolences, and memories online at Farewell our Sister.

Fourroux, Hattie Anna “Aunt Hattie” Cook

Mrs. Hattie Anna Cook Forroux passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at the age of 91. Born March 8, 1918; she was a native of New Iberia and resident of Plaquemine. Mrs. Fourroux was a retired police officer for the City of Plaquemine Police Department with 29 years of service. During World War II, she was a “Rosie the Riveter” for Consolidated Aircraft Corporation (New Orleans) assembling the PBY Catalina “Flying Boat”. She was a loving mother and grandmother and also the best cookie maker in town.

Visiting took place Saturday, August 8, 2009 fat the First Baptist Church in Plaquemine from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. with a religious service conducted by the Rev. Keith Horton following at 1 p.m. Interment took place in Protestant Cemetery in Plaquemine.

Known to many as “Aunt Hattie,” she left several memories to be cherished by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda Fourroux and James J. Ferraro, Jr of Kenner; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Donald and Cathy Read Fourroux of Chattanooga, Tenn and Anthony “Wayne” and Darlene Tidwell Fourroux of Plaquemine; a sister, Mable Mouille of Plaquemine and a brother and sister-in-law, Iris K. and Genie Cook of Plaquemine. She also will be missed by her eight grandchildren, Amber Fourroux of Chattanooga, Tenn, Jerry Fourroux Jr. and his wife Hesed of Ambler, Penn, Miranda Fourroux of Plaquemine, James Ferraro of Kenner, Gregory Gerraro of Kenner, Gabe Crowson and his wife Lila of Chicago, Clark Crowson and his wife Kaley and Jacob Crowson, all of Plaquemine. She also leaves behind three great-grandchildren, Jerry D. Fourroux, III, Ainsley Cowson and Brady Crowson and a host of loving and supportive nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Antoine Fourroux; her parents, Charles E. and Estella Buck Cook; sisters Doris Cook, Gladys Cook, Gertude Mouille, and Rilma Schafer and brothers, Vernon Cook and Calvin Cook.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Plaquemine Building Fund, 24525 Ory St., Plaquemine, LA 70764.

Landry, Varey Gaudet

Varey Gaudet Landry, a resident of Bayou Pigeon and native of Pierre Part, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2009 at her residence. She was 83 years old and a homemaker.

Visiting took place at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church of Bayou Pigeon Monday, August 24, 2009 from 10-11 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial, conducted by the Rev. Joey Angeles, followed at 11 a.m. with interment at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church Cemetery of Pierre Part.

She survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Patsy Doiron an her husband A.J., and sons and daughter-in-law, David A. Landry and Gerald and wife Brenda Gaudet Landry, four sisters, a brother, and a host of numerous and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Stanley A. Landry and son, Donald Joseph Landry.

Reeves, Maria Theresa Wilbert "Rete"

On the morning of Saturday, July 25, 2009, Maria Theresa Wilbert Reeves passed away peacefully at her home after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was a native and resident of Plaquemine. She was 82 years old and a homemaker. Known to many as "Rete", she was a graduate of St. Basil's Academy and Louisiana State University. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court #1214, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and the St. John Alumni Association.

Visitation took place at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 from 9-11 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial, conducted by the Rev. Cleo J. Milano immediately followed. Entombment followed in Grace Memorial Park.

She will be forever cherished by her two daughters, Lilla Grace Reeves Hebert and husband Terry and Mary "Mae" Kearny Reeves; her son, Edwin M. Reeves, Jr. and wife Anne Matassa; two sisters-in-law, Gloria Gaunt Wilbert and Edee Templet, and a brother-in-law, Sidney Arbour. Her five grandchildren, Blake Hebert and fiancée Lyndsey Gantt, Alyse Hebert, Edwin “Trey” Reeves, III, Christopher Reeves and Corrine Reeves; a great-granddaughter, Cate McKennzie Hebert, and a host of nieces and nephews also will miss her.

She preceded in death by her husband, Edwin M. Reeves, Sr.; her parents, Peter M. and Lilla Grace Wilbert; sisters, Ann Bryant Wilbert Arbour, Lilla Grace Wilbert Williams, and Lydia Alyce Wibert Grace; and a brother, Peter G. Wilbert.

Special thanks to Dr. Pat Stagg and his staff, Louisiana Home Care of Plaquemine, Comfort Care Hospice, her devoted caregivers: Betty Asberry, Cecile Pugh, Dorothy Gales, Virginia Battiste and special friend, Valerie Simpson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John School or the American Cancer Society.