ST. MARTINVILLE — The St. Martin Parish Council honored retired parish Registrar of Voters Sue Thibodeaux for 33 years of service to the parish.

She officially retired June 1.

Parish President Guy Cormier said Thibodeaux was well known for her friendly smile and willingness to help parish residents over the past three-plus decades in office.

“Mrs. Sue will go down as one of the nicest people you will ever meet,” he said. “She was always willing to help anyone any way she could. She spent a lifetime of dedicated service to the residents of St. Martin Parish.”

After speaking on her behalf, Cormier presented her a plaque.

Also on hand to honor Thibodeaux was state Rep. Mike Huval, R-Parks, who said he knew her since he was “just a kid” growing up in Parks.

After honoring her with a plaque signed by himself and state House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Terrytown, Huval said Thibodeaux was a special public servant to the residents of St. Martin Parish.

“You were always there to serve everyone, everyday,” he said. “You always had a smile for everyone and treated everyone the same.”

Following Huval, Yvette Grieg congratulated Thibodeaux on behalf of state Sen. Fred Mills Jr., R-New Iberia, who was away on business.

She presented the retired registrar a certificate of accomplishment signed by Mills and Gov. Bobby Jindal.

She was always there to help us,” she said of Thibodeaux when Mills was a parish councilman and Grieg was the council secretary. After receiving the many words of thanks and accolades, Thibodeaux was visibly moved by the many well wishes.

“I’d like to thank everyone,” she said. “I am very humbled and honored to know I did a good job. It was a privilege to serve the people of St. Martin Parish the last 33 years and you will always have a place in my heart.”

“We will all miss you,” Parish Councilman Lloyd Higginbotham responded. “You served us all with honor and respect.”