Velma Brown Fontenot
September 24, 1938  -  February 5, 2018

Velma Brown Fontenot

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Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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Catholic Funeral Service
Skip Montet Chapel
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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Rosary Service
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home Chapel
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
6:00 p.m.
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Cedar Hill Cemetery
715 West Vine Street
Washington, LA  70589
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Washington -Funeral services for Mrs. Velma Brown Fontenot will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, in the Skip Montet Memorial Chapel in Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas. Deacon Dwayne Joubert will officiate the services. Rite of Committal and interment will follow in the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Washington.

Velma was a native of Basile and longtime resident of Washington. She passed away on Monday, February 5, 2018, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home of Opelousas at the age of 79. She was retired after working 50 years as a Legal Secretary at the Charles Boagni Law Office. She was also a Notary Public. She was a member of the Legal Secretaries Association. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends especially her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ellis S. Fontenot of Washington; one son, Donald Fontenot and wife, Millie of Grand Prairie; one grandson, Dustin Fontenot and fiancé, Lacey Duplechain of Washington; and two great-grandchildren, Kaitlynn Fontenot and Sophia Fontenot, both of Washington.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ella Ashford.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, in the Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas. On Wednesday, visitation will continue in the funeral home from 8:00 a.m. until the time of service. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in funeral home.

Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at

LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570, (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.


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  1. Tim Gerald
    Lafayette, LA

    Dear Mr. Ellis and Family: please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your dear wife and mother. I remember Mrs. Fontenot well, always working hard to support ABW students and staff. My wife Tracy and I are praying for your family and know you guys are never far from our thoughts! Tim and Tracy Gerald

  2. Brun Marks-Ardoin
    Opelousas, LA

    My prayers are with Ellis and the family. Velma was always a special and kind lady

  3. Bessie
    Opelousas, LA

    My dearest friend, Velma, may you rest in peace in God's loving hands.
    I'm going to miss you but I know you are in a much better place. Ellis and Donald, you know I'm always here for you and your families if you need anything; even if its just to talk. I'll never forget and be thankful for all the good times we had together. I love you all and pray that you will be comforted knowing how much Velma loved you.

  4. Frank "Russ" and Janie Russell
    Oro Valley, AZ

    Ellis, Donald, Millie, Dusty, and Family--
    Janie and I send our love and condolences. I have considered myself a Fontenot for more than six decades since since I first met Mr. Lester and his loving family. We are much saddened by the passing of our always effervescent Ms Velma. My heartfelt condolence, and I hope to see y'all soon. --Brother "Russ"
    "True Friendship" is a love that never dies,
    But like a song it lives forever
    Like a river flows through time
    Like a star that ever brightens up the skies"
    (And Ms Velma was certainly that bright star!)

  5. Michelle Fontent Gill
    Greenwell Springs, LA

    My heart and prayers are with all of you at this time. May God wrap his loving arms around you and bring peace and comfort to you all. Sweet memories !

  6. Michelle Fontent Gill
    Greenwell Springs, LA

    So blessed to have been part of this family. May God Bless you all. My heart and prayers are with you at this time.
    Very Sincerely,

  7. Rick Webb
    Dunkirk, NY

    I will miss my Godmother. Much love to my Parain, Don, and family.

  8. Lisa Pemberton
    Southlake, TX

    Don,Millie, and Mr. Ellis,
    I am so sorry to hear of your lose. Wish I could be there to say goodbye to s special lady. I’ll be thinking of all of you and offering prayers. I’ll cherish the good times and laughs we all had with Ms. Velma as teenagers.
    Love to the family,

  9. Kay Fontenot Lowry
    Lantana, TX

    Praying for peace and contentment during this time of loss. May all the fond memories linger in your hearts forever. Bless her sweet soul, I alway loved her sweet spirit ✝️

  10. Bill Webb
    Mineral Point, WI

    Dear Tante,

    I was so glad that I got to see you last month. You were the perfect aunt. I'll never forget cartoons at your house on Saturday mornings, with chocolate milk, biscuits, and cinnamon rolls hot and fresh out of the oven. Sunday dinners, which my own kids got to experience at your house. Your rice dressing, your gumbo. Saturdays and Sundays at Parrain and Tante's house are memories I'll cherish forever.

    Love you Tante! Miss you so much already.

  11. Judy Burleigh-Crews
    Port Barre, LA

    Dear Ellis and Donnie: I truly am sorry to learn of Velma's passing. We shared many good times while both working for attorneys on Bellevue Street and attending Legal Secretaries meetings and conventions. My sincere condolences and prayers go out to you at this sad time.

  12. Denise
    Live Oak, TX

    One of the nicest ladies we have met. We were always welcome into her home with kindness and love. She was always smiling and had a twinkle in her eye. Bill and I extend our condolences to Don and family.

  13. Jeanette S.
    , DC

    I hope that you find comfort in God’s promise to do away with sickness and death and the distress that results—permanently! We know this will happen because God gave Jesus the authority to heal the sick and power to raise the dead. The healings and resurrections performed by Jesus demonstrate this. (Luke 5:12, 13; John 11:39-44). Jesus’ kingdom government will bring to mankind this and so much more, yes “more than all we ask or imagine.” (Ephesians 3:20). Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

  14. Jamie Fontenot
    , LA

    Loved working with Ms. Velma on loan closings through Boody's office, she knew her stuff!

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