Morrow - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Callie Marie Thibodeaux Richard on Monday, September 27, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Peter's Catholic Church in Morrow, La. Father Donavan Labbe will celebrate the Mass. Rite of Committal will follow in the St. Peters Church Cemetery.
Callie Marie Thibodeaux Richard, age 92, passed away peacefully at 12:45 a.m. on Friday, September 24, 2021, at her home in Lemoyen, La.
Callie was born on March 6, 1929, in Church Point, La. to Demas and Emethilde Thibodeaux. She was raised in Church Point and later moved to Garland where she met and married Lee L. on January 8, 1949, and moved to Lemoyen and started their family.
The whole neighborhood was Callie's family, there was no such thing as a stranger to her. After raising her own nine kids, she watched them and helped them raise her 26 grandkids, 61 great-grandkids, and 14 great-great grand kids. You could see the spark in her eye when she looked at all of her kids. Even in her later days, she never lost that spark.
Callie lived her life with many titles: homemaker, mother, gardener, hairdresser, cook, and a seamstress. Her hands were rarely still. Every Sunday, you could find Callie sitting on side Lee L with a kitchen full of hungry family ready to eat whatever she cooked. Callie owned and operated a restaurant called "Callie's" where she was the chef, "The Great Cook". She enjoyed gardening, arts, crafts, sewing, reading, and spending time with her children. When she could no longer use the lawn mower, you could find her in the yard with a pair of scissors cutting the grass. She had a determination to live and there was no stopping her until she was ready.
Callie is survived by her sister, Roberta Johnson of Opelousas; her brother, Aubrey Thibodeaux (Una) of Prairie Ronde; her sister, Sybil (Bobby) Landreneau of Ville Platte; her brother, Kenneth (Jackie) Thibodeaux of Prairie Ronde; her five sons, David (Debbie) Richard of Lemoyen, Blaine (Sylvia) Richard of Arkansas, Curt Richard of Lemoyen, Randy Richard of Lemoyen, and Wayne (Sheila) Richard of Ville Platte; her three daughters, Karen (Ted) Juneau of Evergreen, Dona Lynn (Edward) Morain of Waxia, and Pamela (Dirk) Ewing of Lemoyen. She is also survived by her 24 grandchildren, her 59 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren, many nieces, and nephews all of which she loved dearly. She will be missed by friends and family.
Callie was preceded in death by her husband, Lee L. Richard; her parents, Demas and Emethilde Thibodeaux; her sisters, Una Lee Sylvester, Patsy Stelly, Bonnie Deshotels, and Greta Brown; her brothers, Overton and Ray Thibodeaux; her son, Gary Richard; her grandsons, Dirk Ewing, Jr. and Todd Richard and her great-grandsons, Jean' Todd Duos and Dane Joseph Marcotte.
Visiting will be held in the Skip Montet Memorial Chapel at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas on Sunday, September 26, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Rosary will be recited on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. by Sybil Landreneu. The funeral home will reopen on Monday, September 27, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Callie's grandsons will serve as pallbearers, Jason Richard, Dustin Ewing, Shannon Richard, Garrett Morain, Cody Richard, Dylan Richard, Shane Richard, and Mark Juneau.
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.
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