A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. The Reverend Michael Russo will Celebrate the Mass. Rite of Committal will follow at Bellevue Memorial Park cemetery. Gift bearers will be Kaitlyn Sheffield Ribarin, Marie Louise Stagg, Lorie Stagg Jacobs, Kathryn Denais, and Emma Claire Ribarin. Lectors will be Megan Stagg Overton and Marie Stagg Gould.
It is with deep sorrow we regretfully announce the passing of Ellen Ruth Stagg on Monday, October 3, 2022, at the age of 68, at the Calcutta House in Lafayette.
Ellen worked for over 40 years as a registered nurse of which 25 of those years were spent as a school nurse for the St. Landry Parish School System. Her obvious love for children gave her the title of being an amazing aunt, whom her nieces and nephews could always count on to play games. Even though Ellen never had children of her own, she was a godmother to 4 and was thought of like a mother to her nieces and nephews. Ellen enjoyed cheering for the Saints and LSU football teams. She was an adventurous person, and she truly had a passion for traveling. Whether it was seeing the sights abroad or stateside, she just enjoyed all that life had to offer. Being a woman of faith kept her grounded and reminded her of what is to come after this life. She taught catechism for over 25 years at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, where she also was a parishioner. Ellen was a loving and kind person, who will be deeply missed by her family and those who knew her.
Ellen is survived by her brothers, Paul Wayne Stagg, William W. Stagg (Sheila) and Frank R. Stagg (Rebecca); sister, Alice Stagg Sheffield (Patrick); uncle, William R. Robert; nieces, Lorie Stagg Jacobs (Rick), Marie Stagg Gould (Ken), Megan Stagg Overton (Hatcher), Marie Louise Stagg and Kaitlyn Sheffield Ribarin (Malcolm); nephews, Philip Stagg (Camille) and Frank Sill R. Stagg (Jill); numerous great-nieces and nephews; and her beloved poodle, Paddy.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul Curtis Stagg and Clara Alice Robert Stagg; sister-in-law, Carolyn Parker Stagg; and nephew, David Brett Stagg.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas. A Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022, until time of service.
Ellen’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Reverend Michael Russo, her dear cousins, affectionately known as the “cousin patrol”, Janice Walker, the staff at Hospice of Acadiana and the Calcutta House.
Pallbearers will be Patrick Sheffield, Kyle Bacon, Philip Stagg, Henry Stagg, Malcolm Ribarin and Rick Jacobs. Honorary pallbearers will be Patrick John Ribarin, Luc Stagg and Frank Sill R. Stagg.
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.