ST. MARTINVILLE — Funeral services were held Friday in St. Martinville for former state Rep. Sydnie Mae Maraist Durand who died Tuesday.
She was 77.
In 1991, Durand became the first woman elected to serve as a state representative for District 46 following her retirement from working in the Lafayette oil industry for 37 years, according to her obituary.
Previously, Durand had been the first woman elected to the St. Martin Parish Police Jury, the parish’s first woman to serve as Police Jury president and the first woman to be elected to parishwide office in St. Martin Parish.
During her term in the Legislature, Durand served as chairwoman of the House Health and Welfare Committee, and on the House Executive Committee, according to her obituary.
She was appointed to serve as a member of the Children, Families & Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures Assembly on State Issues, the Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference, Committee on Tax Structures, Women’s Policy and Research Commission, Regional Trauma Patient Care Statewide System Task Force, Governor’s Commission on Disability Affairs and the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission, her obituary said.
In 2002, she received the Fleur De Lis Healthcare Leadership Award and had received the Friend of Physical Therapy Award.
She studied environmental training at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.