Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 for Renella Breaux Lavergne at St. Landry Catholic Church. The Reverend Monsignor Russell Harrington will officiate the Mass. Rite of Committal will follow at Bellevue Memorial Park.
Mrs. Lavergne, age 94 and a resident of Opelousas, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018 at Eastridge Nursing Home in Abbeville.
Mrs. Lavergne was a very devout Catholic, who devoted her life to our Lord and her family. She was an avid member of St. Landry Catholic Church Daughters of America for 65 years. She was a volunteer at Prompt Succor Nursing Facility since its opening in the mid 1960's and she was also a member of the 3rd Order of the Carmelites. Renella's faith was steadfast as she was known by many as an angel on earth. Rosaries were held at her home and were attended by many on a weekly basis. This true faith and devotion to God and Our Lady has helped many through life's trials and led to many miracles.
She never stopped helping others by constantly praying, volunteering and helping everyone, especially those in the nursing home who were in need of prayer. The many books of daily poetic prayers that she wrote were in her words "a beacon of candlelight in a dark room." She taught to many, her children, grandchildren, family, friends and numerous others about the miraculous blessings and teachings of our Lord.
Renella was and always will be a true apostle of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
She is survived by her son, Ray E. Lavergne (Patsy); daughters, Delores Lavergne Ponciano (Edgar) and Mary G. Schafer (Mike); grandchildren, DeAnn Ponciano, Devi Ponciano, Alejandro Ponciano (Michelle), Carolyn Oertel (Sven), Omar Ponciano (Daniela), Stephen Lavergne (Francine), Kim Sonnier (Ron), Troy Lavergne, Christine Hebert (Chad), Stephanie Schafer, Nikki May (John) and Stacy Babin (Barry); 30 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Louis Lavergne; parents, Ellis J. Breaux and Arista Touteheque Breaux; son, Glenn Gerard Lavergne; brother, Ulysses Breaux; and sisters, Mazie Guidry and Ethel Soileau.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:30 p.m. in the Skip Montet Chapel at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home. A Rosary will be prayed at 12:30 p.m. by Deacon Dwayne Joubert.
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.
May peace and comfort be with you and your family at this difficult time.
Sheriff Bobby J. GuidrozOpelousas, LA
My deepest sympathies to your family. My Prayers will be offered up for Ms. Lavergne and family +++ John Breaux
John BreauxAbbeville, LA
Ray, I was so sorry to learn of your mother's passing away. What a beautiful person Renella was. I remember the daily poems she wrote. When I looked up the obit, I found the services had been held already. So sorry I missed being there.
I was in the Sacred Heart Cath. Church choir in Port Barre, and we often got together to practice and sing with the St. Landry Church choir when your mom was a member. Those were some beautiful times. I loved being together with all of them. By the way, you and I attended T. H. Harris together many years ago. You went on to be the director in Abbeville, and I ended up as a secretary at T. H. Harris. That was such a great school at one time, maybe even the best voc-tech school in the state. I am grateful for the education there. Very good instructors. Eventually became good friends with Miss Combs and Mrs. Christ.
You and your family have my deepest sympathies. We all know where your mom is at this moment. God bless all of you.
Carolyn CropperPort Barre, LA
Mrs Renella, a mighty prayer warrior of God, has gone to receive her reward. We are sad to see her go but we will be with her one day. Our deepest sympathy to her precious family.
Gerald & Kathy BroussardAbbeville, LA
My deepest sympathies to all of you. She was such a saintly lady and so many depended on her prayers. I'm am sure many will continue to call on her for prayers.
Geraldine SoileauOpelousas, LA
Prayers of comfort are with you and your family at this time of loss. May God Bless you all with His Peace.
Merrie Chris LegerLafayette, LA
Carolyn: Your family is in my thoughts and prayers as you celebrate the life of your beloved grandmother. I know she is at peace, in the presence of our Lord and Savior.
Anita Trahan HuvalOssun, Louisiana, LA