Opelousas – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017 for Ms. Mary “Gerry” Geraldine Richard Brown at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. Monsignor Jeff Deblanc, Father Greg Semien, and Father Austin Leger will concelebrate the Mass. Rite of Committal and Burial will follow at St. Landry Cemetery.
Ms. Gerry Brown, age 89 and a resident of Opelousas passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Lafayette General Medical Center.
Her passion was cooking and baking a variety of dishes, including cookies, tea cakes, sweet dough pies, chocolate syrup with homemade bread, and homemade cakes. She also enjoyed picking blackberries and figs to can and preserve for her family and had the pleasure of giving them as gifts. She was a caregiver to many and she loved to dance. She also spent much time outside watching her cattle. Gerry was a devout Catholic and a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. She faithfully watched EWTN and prayed the Rosary with her daughters, Judy and Louise. Gerry was a member of the Catholic Daughters Rosary Group, the Altar Society and she was also a Eucharistic Minister, where she enjoyed bringing communion to the elderly. She was also a member of the LA Cattlemen’s Association. Gerry cherished spending time with her family, her children and her grandchildren. Her heart was blessed for the holidays, especially at her annual Thanksgiving Day gathering at her home. She will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know her and she never met a stranger.
She is survived by her sons, Charles V. Brown and companion, Joyce Ducote of Livonia, Donald J. Brown and wife, Rose Mary of Opelousas, Gary Brown and partner, Kenneth Melancon of Youngsville, Joseph Curtis “Curt” Brown, Jr. and wife, Bonita of Opelousas, Glenn G. Brown and wife, Karen of Carencro, and Kenneth J. Brown and wife, Andrea of Southside, Alabama; daughters, Judith “Judy” Brown of Opelousas, Carolyn Daigle and husband Grady of Greenwell Springs, Jackie Thibodeaux and husband, Kenneth of Opelousas, Diane Lalonde and husband, Leroy of Opelousas, Emma Louise Brown of Opelousas, and Mary Tomlinson and husband, Allen of Opelousas; sister, Florence “Flo” Duplechin of Gonzales; sisters-in-law, Lois Brown Olivier of Opelousas, Elsie Venable of Opelousas, Pat Richard of Jonesborro and Marie Richard of Baton Rouge; grandchildren, Tammy Wimberly, Lisa Marks, Jerrod Brown, Holly Bertrand, Terry “T.J.” Brown, Trista Bourgeois, Megan Miller, Chassidy Bruce, Dillion Brown, Holly Thibodeaux, Morgan Brown, Riley Brown, Kodi Brown, Jackson Brown, Emily Brown, Melanie Godso, Cherie Jarreau, Scott Theriot, Shane Theriot, Sheila Ortego, April Lalonde, Tonya Chenier, Corey Lalonde, Casie Fontenot, Trey Quirk and Tyler Quirk; 52 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great- grandchildren; and her special friend and caretaker for the family, Doris Ann Collins.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph Curtis Brown, Sr.; parents, Gustave Arville Richard, Sr. and Rose Broussard Richard; sons, Terry J. Brown and Hobson Anthony “Tony” Brown; grandchildren, James Todd Daigle, Charles V. Brown, Jr. and Michael Thad Brown; brothers, Noah Richard, Gustave “Shorty” Richard, Jr., Joseph “Joe” Richard, Sr., Frank Richard and Hilman Richard; sisters, Irene Broussard, Lelia Thibodeaux and Etheleen “Tilly” Flores.
Visitation will be held at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. and will continue all night until 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017. A Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday Evening. The Catholic Daughters will have a service at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Pallbearers will be her sons, Charles V. Brown, Donald J. Brown, Gary Brown, Joseph “Curt” C. Brown, Glenn G. Brown and Kenneth J. Brown.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570, (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Mary sorry about your mom but you have an angel in heaven looking over you and your boys Sorry we couldn't go to funeral we were in Switzerland but your family in kept in our prayers.
Shelia LeBlancOpelousas, LA
Sending lot's of love and prayers to you and your family Rosemary. We are thinking about you through these difficult time.
Love of love
Linda McCallLafayette, LA
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS. SUCH A SWEET LITTLE LADY! MAY SHE REST IN PEACE AND PEACE BE WITH ALL OF YOU!
RODNEY & BERYL BERGERONOPELOUSAS, LA
Miss Gerry was such a nice, kind person and always willing to help others. I'm so sorry that I didn't get the arrangement information in time to attend the visitation. May she rest in God's loving care and may fond memories of her bring you comfort. May she rest in peace. Amen
Genie Sudduth DuhonLafayette, LA
Such a sweet lady! I met her at Our Lady of Mercy after mass one day. She was so friendly and so proud of her family.
Lisa GodeauxEunice, LA
I had not seen Gerry in many years since moving away, but always thought the world of her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May Gerry's soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
Terri SpencerCumberland, MD
Kenny, Andrea, and children...
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. We are praying for your strength in the time of your loss. Love to you all....Tommy and Brenda
Tommy and Brenda AustinWoodstock, GA
So sorry for the loss of a lovely lady. My prayers are with all of you.
Kathy chachereOpelkusas, LA
Brown family we are sorry for your loss. Your mother was a great person. So religious and devoted to GOD N HER FAMILY
Rollis and Lois Arceneaux FontenotOpelousas, LA
Sending our condolences to the family. She was just a dear sweet heart.
The Morris Family
Joey Morris FamilyDenham Springs, LA
Judy, Louise and all of Miss Geri's Family,
Life is not ended, but merely changed; and when this earthly abode dissolves, an eternal dwelling place awaits them in heaven.
May God comfort you and fill your void with all the remembered joy she brought her family and everyone she came in contact with.
Yvonne S ZerangueOpelousas, LA
Ms.Gerry was one of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever met. She and Mr. Curtis helped my mother, Gladys Melancon, so much after my father,Willis Melancon died. I will always cherish memories of her. My thoughts and prayers are with the Brown family.
Cheryl Melancon StouteLafayette, LA
To the Brown family, you all have been a part of my life for nearly 50 years. I always felt so much love in this home. Ms.Gerry my heart breaks to say good bye, but I know you will always be with us in our hearts and souls. And I know we will all be together again. All my love Bonnie Hamilton
Bonnie HamiltonBroussard, LA
Jerrod, Trista and family....I am soooo very sorry for your loss. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, and I hope that in time your grief will be replaced by the precious memories that you shared with her. My sincerest condolences to you and all of your family.
PJ BurstFolsom, LA
Donald,sorry to hear of y'alls loss, prayers
David FaulOpelousas, LA
Your mom was such a wonderful woman.She will be missed My thoughts and prayers are with all of you
Vicky VidrineOpelousas, LA
Sorry to hear of your lost. May the lord bless you and your family and help you through this sad time.
Jimmy HuttoOpelousas, LA
She was such a sweet lady & loved everyone. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Our deepest condolences for the family. We will be praying for all.
Paul (Fuzz) & Katrena TankersleyOpelousas, LA