Lafayette- A Mass of Christian Burial for Raymond Mark Blanc will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018, in the Sunrise Chapel at Walters Funeral Home. Rev. Fr. Chester Arceneaux will celebrate the Mass. Rite of Committal and interment will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Indian Bayou Methodist Cemetery (Hwy. 700) in Indian Bayou.
God's angels whispered for his spirit to enter the land of paradise and he quietly surrendered on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at the home of his caretaker in Abbeville, at the age of 55 after battling a brief illness. Raymond Mark Blanc was born to the union of the late, Howard Mark Blanc, Sr. and Marie Roche Blanc, in Kaplan, LA, on June 1, 1963.
He was an extremely talented master florist and creatively designed beautiful flower arrangements, elegant floral accents and home holiday displays, and catered food for weddings, showers, funerals, church events, meetings and birthday parties. He worked for Albertson's in the floral department for many years. His talented work was seen by many in numerous local churches which he decorated for Easter and Christmas Masses, as well as, numerous homes which he decorated during the Christmas and Mardi Gras seasons. Some of his favorite pastime activities were cooking, baking, canning, gardening, and tending to his plants, especially his African violets and crotons.
His vast love for music and singing was shown as he participated in several Church Choirs, Community Choirs, and local groups. He was a jovial and helpful person inside and out and has left a legacy of compassion and love to those he has left behind. His devout Catholic faith was strong and his commitment to living a Christian life assures us that he is now with God in heaven. He was a parishioner of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette.
His miniature Dachshunds- Travis, Bella, Abigail, Charlie, Lucy, Roxie, and Maddie occupied most of his time and energy until his illness. He cherished his visits and spending time with his relatives and close friends, especially his nieces and nephews and religious family. His love for God, family, friends, and the joy of life will remain in the memories of those who shared his legacy.
He is survived by his sisters, Beverly B. Mire and husband, Marion of Kaplan; and Linda B. LeMaire and husband, Leo of Kaplan; brother, Howard Blanc, Jr. of Morgan City; brothers-in-law, Ernest Busby of Cypress Island; and Tex Busby and wife, Eula of Hatfield, AR; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Ready to welcome him in Heaven was his wife, Gladys "Dee Dee" Busby Blanc; parents, Howard M. Blanc, Sr. and Marie Roche Blanc; sister, Lou Anna B. Faulk; his brother, Gerald Mark Blanc; his paternal grandparents, Eddie and Mary Blanc; and his maternal grandparents, Leodious and Estelle Roche; his father-in-law, Robert Edward Buzbee, Sr. and mother-in-law, Gladys Holly Buzbee. He will now rest peacefully with his wife of 26 years who he loved very much.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 10, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Walters Funeral Home, 2424 North University Avenue, Lafayette. A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening at the funeral home.
The family would like to extend special thanks to his caretakers, Jerome Mergist, the entire Mergist family, and Mary Comeaux who watched over and tended to his needs. Also, heartfelt thanks to the entire staff of Hospice of Acadiana, especially his nurse, Whitney and his aide, Marcie; the staff of Dr. John Anderson's office at Cyberknife Center, especially his therapy nurse, Brandy; and the staff of Dr. Victoria Panelli's office at Cancer Center of Acadiana for their wonderful medical care given to him during his illness.
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.