Mary Norma Trahan Prudhomme Cortez
November 13, 1931  -  September 19, 2018

Mary Norma Trahan Prudhomme Cortez

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Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Thursday, September 20, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Friday, September 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. - time of service
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LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home Chapel
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Thursday, September 20, 2018
6:00 p.m.
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Mass of Christian Burial
Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church
2125 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Friday, September 21, 2018
1:30 p.m.
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St. Bridget Catholic Church Cemetery
3933 Hwy. 35
Lawtell, LA  70550
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Opelousas - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018 for Mary Norma Trahan Prudhomme Cortez at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Opelousas. The Reverend Monsignor Keith DeRouen will officiate the Mass. Rite of Committal will follow at St. Bridget Cemetery in Lawtell.

Mary Norma Trahan Prudhomme Cortez, age 86 and a resident of Opelousas, passed away on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at St. Landry Extended Care Hospital.

Norma was the owner and operator of Opelousas School of Cosmetology. She was also the past historian of the Louisiana Association of Cosmetology Schools. Norma was a cosmetology instructor for over 50 years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and working at her school. Norma loved spending time with her family and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her husband, Linus Cortez; sons, Bert Prudhomme, Paul Prudhomme (Cheryl) and Carl Prudhomme (Sheila); daughter, Ann Warren (Blake); brother, Joseph Trahan (Becky); sister, Herbie Vidrine; grandchildren, Brannon, Spring, Krissi, Lesli, Kelli, Kyle, Damien, Paige, Neal, Katie, Ali, Anni, Emma, Abbey, Lindsey, Ethan and Logan; 33 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her first husband for over 50 years, Herbert Prudhomme; son, Dennis Prudhomme; parents, Joseph Neville Trahan and Annie Comeaux Trahan; brothers, Floyd Trahan and Hersey Trahan; and sister, Ruby Tate.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas. A Rosary will be prayed at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evening by Deacon Jerome Collins. Visitation will continue on Friday, September 21, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Pallbearers will be Bert Prudhomme, Paul Prudhomme, Carl Prudhomme, Neal Prudhomme, Damien Prudhomme and Brannon Prudhomme. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ethan Warren, Logan Warren and Kyle Prudhomme.

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. W. Michael Grayson, Board Member / LA State Board Of Cosmetology
    Hessmer, LA

    I attended Ms. Norma's cosmetology school and she was my instructor in 1980. Ms. Norma was a beautiful person, inside and out. She was a great instructor and made school so much fun. I will always remember her.

  2. Bill & Donna Winn
    , LA

    We wish to express our sincere condolences for your loss. We didn’t know her but we certainly have experienced pain similar to what you must be dealing with now. When we lose someone close we all look for a source of comfort as we grieve, help to ease the pain, the sense of emptiness. May you find comfort in these words penned by the prophet Isaiah, “He will swallow up death forever…(Isa. 25:8) God has promised us that millions of the dead are alive in his memory and He shows us how we can hope to see them again in the future in a cleansed earth.

  3. JoAnn Richard
    Arnaudville, LA

    Ms Norma was the kindest person ever. My sympathies go out to her family.

  4. Paula Goldner
    Sunset, LA

    May Mrs. Norma rest in peace! She taught me in beauty school which seems like 100 years ago. She is a legend. My condolences to her family.

  5. Coni Riel
    Port Barre, LA

    My deepest sympathies to you all. Ms Norma was such a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and friend. Her last words to me were “Coni, please pray for me”, and I have prayed for her every day since. My heart aches for your loss.

  6. Cindy Reed Hollier
    Opelousas, LA

    Cousin Linus and family. I was so sorry to hear about Ms Norma. Prayers. Love ya

  7. Myrina Faul Foster
    Opelousas, LA

    Deepest Condolences to all the grieving hearts by the passing of Mrs. Norma. May God Bless and console especially her children, family, and her husband - Mr. Linus Cortez.
    Her love and her gentle spirit touched many.

  8. Sarah Strunk
    Thief River Falls, MN

    Ms Norma - a wonderful lady, wonderful teacher. She was patient, sweet, and kind. I have thought of her often during the years. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time loss and sorrow.

  9. Janell Venable
    Lafayette, LA

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family! May you find comfort and peace in The Lord!

  10. Carlos & Jennifer Hollier
    Crowley, LA

    Many wonderful memories. She was a great Lady

  11. Theresa Castille
    Church Point, La, LA

    Great inspiration and influence in my Life. She will be greatly missed. Praying for the family.



  13. Vera Matt Nagy
    Opelousas, LA

    Some of my best years were spent as a student and an instructor with you as my boss ! You will be greatly missed . Thanks for all you did for me and for our small town of Opelousas . You touched many lives ! My deepest sympathy to the family . My prayers are with you all especially you Anne .

  14. Tracy Tromblay Roger
    Carencro, LA

    Miss Norma taught me well, as she di to so many, and gave me the confidence to pursue and succeed in the beauty industry for 32 yrs. She was a sweetheart and a very classy lady. Rest well dear lady.

  15. Martha Guillory
    Opelousas, LA

    Ms Norma
    Beautiful and sweet lady who was loved by so many, you taught so many of us to be Cosmetologists. I enjoyed having you as a teacher when I attended in 1993-94 You are missed by many already.
    Sending my condolences to family. God Bless. Rest In Peace Ms Norma.

  16. Renee Courville Coco
    Marksville, LA

    I will always remember Mrs. Norma! She was my instructor in Cosmetology many years ago. She always was graceful and poised! Her smile could light up the darkness and she made you feel like the most beautiful client in the room! My prayers and condolences to the family!

  17. Linda Reif
    Lafayette, LA

    Norma Prudhomme was one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I have ever known. When our grandchildren were young, I did not get to see them very often because I lived in Slidell. Norma had a picture of me (Blake’s mom/Ann’s mother-in-law) on the bottom of her refrigerator so that when the grandchildren were at her house, she would show them the picture of their other grandmother, Mimi, who lived in Slidell. How generous and considerate was that? Norma, you were the definition of a lady, and you will be sorely missed.

  18. Sharena Thibodeaux
    Lafayette, LA

    Mrs. Norma, I hooe somehow you get this message. You were always a sweet lady. I know some of us were not always well behaved at cosmetology school, but you were always polite nonetheless and always kept a smile. You will be missed! Much love to you and may you rest in peace.

  19. Jolene Gremillion
    Opelousas, LA

    Mr. Linus, Ann and family,
    Prayers for your family at this difficult time. May God wrap you all tightly in his love.

  20. Diane Broussard
    Lafayette, LA

    So sorry to hear this. Miss Norma was the personification of a classy, elegant Lady. My heart and prayers go out to all the family. 💗

  21. Pat Bennett
    Pineville, LA

    Condolences on your loss. Norma was a wonderful lady and great instructor in 1985 or so!

  22. Gerry perry
    Opelousas, LA

    My deepest sorrow this day for family and friends of sweet Norma I know I will miss her terribly.

  23. Fay Robin
    Port Barre, LA

    I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs.Norma🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻Your Family are in my prayers.She always had a smile when we would go cut our hair and she never forget your name.

  24. Courtney Ortego
    French Settlement, LA

    Sending my condolences mrs Norma was an amazing teacher, sweet and loving person

  25. Jenny Fontenot
    Eunice, LA

    My deepest condolences t I the family. Ms Norma was a wonderful woman. Very loving n caring

  26. Iris Ballard
    Opelousas, LA

    I am so saddened to hear this news of Mrs. Norma. I was thinking about her the other day and I remember how much she loved the pies that we always made. Rest in heaven Mrs. Norma you are greatly missed.

  27. Lois Arceneaux Fontenot and Rollis Fontenot
    Opelousas, LA

    Our heartfelt sympathy to the family. She was a great lady. May she rest in peace.

  28. Cynthia Leger

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Ms.Norma ,she was such a classy, sweet lady.My prayers for the family 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  29. Dianne Venable Collins
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Aunt Norma was such a beautiful lady! She was loved by many and will be missed by many! Prayers for all of her family.

  30. Stephanie Allemond Lafleur
    Cecilia, LA

    I’m so sorry to hear the lost of Mrs Norma . I was a student of hers at the Cosmetologist school in Opelousas where she thought way back in 1983-1984 . I loved going to school there .. Norma was so laid back and loved all her students . she will be missed and has left a Generous amount of hair dressers that are still in Business today ... Stephaine Allemond Lafleur

  31. Linda Salazar
    Pasadena, TX

    Rest peacefully sweet beautiful lady. My condolences to the family.

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