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Rita Thompson

April 4, 1952 — October 18, 2018

Opelousas - Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018 for Rita Gail Vasseur Thompson in the Skip Montet Chapel at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas. Reverend Perry Hubbs will officiate the service. Burial will follow in the Prairie Ronde Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home.

Rita Gail Vasseur Thompson, age 66 and a resident of Baytown, Texas, passed away on October 18, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Rita was a woman of many talents, she enjoyed baking and cake decorating, playing piano and sewing. She loved being on her iPad and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Rita will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her husband of 18 years, James M. Thompson; son, Jeremy Sylvester and his wife, Amy; daughters, Sheila Deville, Kacey Moody and Mary Soileau and her husband, Chance; step-sons, Jamie L. Thompson and Jason L. Thompson and his wife, Tracy; brothers, Robert Vasseur and his wife, Shirly and Ronald "Butch" Vasseur and his wife, Gerrie; sister, Norma Ann Dougherty; grandchildren, Wesley Zerangue, Lathen Sylvester, Jeremiah Sylvester, Londyn Paisley, Jordan Moody, Nathan Moody, Madison-Kate Barchus, Evan Brown, Peyton Soileau and Jadin Deville; and step-grandchildren, Madison Leann Thompson, Cade Ryan Thompson, Christian Thompson, Tanner Thompson, Kade Hesler, Kenneth Hesler, III, Kaleb Hesler and Klyne Hesler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore Vasseur and Lurline Pitre Vasseur; brothers, Lucius Vasseur and Curtis Gene Vasseur, Sr.; brother-in-law, Allen Dougherty; and niece, Vashonda Hebert.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Sylvester, Wesley Zerangue, Chance Soileau, Robert Vasseur, Curtis Gene Vasseur, Jr. and Jordan Moody.

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.


Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Monday, October 22, 2018
9:30 a.m. - time of service


Funeral Service

LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home Chapel
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Monday, October 22, 2018
2:30 p.m.


Prairie Ronde Baptist Cemetery
1904 Prairie Ronde Hwy.
Prairie Ronde, LA  70570
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