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Boyd, Fred D.

Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home, McComb, Miss., at 11 a.m.

Naquin, Joyce Marie

St. Mark Catholic Church, Gonzales, at 11 a.m.


Addison, Betty Jean Kuhn

A resident of Baton Rouge, Betty died at the Butterfly Wing-Hospice of Baton Rouge on Friday, July 1, 2011, following a lengthy illness. A native of Beaumont, Texas, she was born June 6, 1926. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Tuesday, July 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation at First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 6, from 10 a.m. until a memorial service at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Chris Andrews officiating. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. A specialist in music education, Betty earned her bachelor’s degree in 1947 from Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, and her master’s degree in 1966 from LSU. She held professional memberships in Delta Kappa Gamma and Alpha Delta Kappa and served as adjudicator for the Louisiana Music Educators Association. She served as supervisor of guidance with the East Baton Rouge Parish school system and as a music educator in Louisiana and Texas. During her tenure in guidance, she was selected for the 1978 Consortium team to facilitate desegregation in the East Baton Rouge Parish schools. The elementary program received national recognition under her leadership as guidance supervisor. A gifted music educator and musician, Betty led choirs in Many, Tallulah, Baton Rouge and Beaumont, achieving honors. She was co-director of the Melody Maids and founder of the Melody Men and Miniature Maids of Beaumont, which entertained U.S. Armed Services all over the world during and after World War II. Betty was music chairman of the curriculum writing team for Senior High American Humanities Studies in East Baton Rouge Parish. She served as national representative for the Music Division of Prentice Hall Publishing Co. Betty also developed and coordinated the Friends of the Centroplex Performing Arts Scholarships for Baton Rouge high school seniors. Betty helped found the Platinum Sound Orchestra, a Big Band sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging, playing piano and bass fiddle. Survived by her son, George Neilan Addison Jr. and wife Terri, of Murphy, Texas; brother, Donald Clarke Kuhn and his wife, Helen, of Beaumont; grandchildren, Carrie Addison Bycott and husband Brian, of Wylie, Texas, and Vaughn Addison and wife Kasey, of Frisco, Texas; great-grandchildren, Carson Bycott, Brooklynn Bycott, Ashleigh Bycott, Cameron Addison and Garret Addison; nieces, Patsy Poor McPhail, Disa Kuhn Albanese and husband Joey, Traci Kuhn Lowe, Marion Thomas Weaver and husband Kenny, Madalyn Thomas Sullins and husband Pat, and Erica Greene; nephew, Lewis Thomas; great nieces and great-nephews; and lifelong friends, Anita Hill Doyle, Gayle Hearne and Judy Hicks. Preceding her in death were her parents, Theresa Butler Kuhn and Baxter Lewis Kuhn; sister, Doris Kuhn Walton; and lifelong friend, Marie Holley Mobley, who was of Mineral, Va. Special thanks for the care provided by Lakeview Home Care and Drs. Gerald Miletello and Robert Krupkin. Please consider First United Methodist Church, 930 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA or The Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 as remembrances.

Beach, Matthew Ross


”Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as to these that the kingdom of Heaven belongs.’ ’’ Matthew 19:14. Infant Matthew Ross Beach, of Arlington, Va., born at 9:34 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2011, passed away in his daddy’s arms at 10:10 p.m. that same evening at Inova Alexandria Hospital, Alexandria. Although his time on Earth was limited, he will never be forgotten. We are so thankful for the precious minutes that God gave us to tell him how much we love him. In his brief time with us, he was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic church by the Rev. Cregan. We give thanks and glory to God for the blessing of the short time we had with our precious little one. A funeral Mass was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1427 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Matthew was laid to rest at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, 3411 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. He is survived by his loving parents, Brooke Elizabeth Beals Beach, originally of Baton Rouge, and Michael James Beach, of Dayton, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Beach now reside in Arlington. Matthew is survived by his maternal grandparents, Charles D. Beals, Lynn Coxe Graham and Glen T. Graham, all of Baton Rouge; paternal grandparents, Ed and Deborah McIntosh, of Dayton; maternal great-grandparents, John E. and Margie Sibley Coxe, of Walker; paternal great-grandparents, Paul and Julie Ross, and Wayne and Judy Hendricks, all of Dayton; uncle, Bryce D. Beals and his son, Matthew’s first cousin, Jonah Beals, of Baton Rouge; and numerous cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles. Matthew was preceded in death by his uncle, Matthew Paul Beach, who was of Dayton; paternal great-grandparents, Maurice D. and Esther Elizabeth Beals, who were of Decatur, Ill., and Delno and Della Mae Graham, who were of Baton Rouge; and maternal great-aunt, Mary Alice Coxe Buzzell, who was of Baton Rouge. We would like to give special thanks to Dr. Alessandro Ghidini and the loving supportive staff at Inova Alexandria Hospital for their care. In lieu of flowers, Brooke and Michael ask for your consideration in giving in memory of Matthew Ross Beach to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1427 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22302. Thank you all for your faithful prayers, love and support over the past months. We are eternally grateful.

Cavalier, Claude William ‘T.E.’

A resident of Plattenville and native of Belle Rose, he died at 3 a.m. Sunday, July 3, 2011. He was 81, born June 22, 1930. Visitation at Assumption Catholic Church, Plattenville, on Tuesday, July 5, from 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment in the church cemetery. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce Cavalier; two sons, Craig Cavalier and wife Lena, and Daniel Cavalier and wife Terrie; three daughters, Debra Hannegan and husband Herbert “Bo,” Becky Landry, and Carolyn Alexander and husband Chad; brother, Lucien Caballero and wife Barbara; sister, Marguerite Cavalier; seven grandchildren, Reneé, Chet, J’lyn, Blair, Hunter, Danielle and Connor; and two great-grandchildren, Neil and Andon. Preceded in death by his parents, Lucien and Marie Cavalier; and brother, Alex Caballero. The family would like to thank Dr. Keith Landry and staff, and Cardinal Hospice. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was an avid hunter and fisherman with a love for gardening. He was a retired auto mechanic from Barbera Chevrolet with 38 years of service. Arrangements by Landry’s Funeral Home.

Collins, Merle Milton

A native and resident of Walker, she passed away Saturday, July 2, 2011, at her home. She was 82. Visitation at Judson Baptist Church, Walker, on Tuesday, July 5, from 10 a.m. until funeral service at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Merelin McCon. Burial in Judson Baptist Church Cemetery. Survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Curtis and Yvette Collins; sister, Evelyn Hatchel; grandchildren, Mike, Adam and Marcus Collins and Kimberlyn Thornton; great-grandchildren, Nickole Thornton and Emma Collins; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Stanley D. Collins; son, Russell Collins; parents, Elliott and Mary Milton; sisters, Azalea, Carlene, Rosa and Grace Bendily, Dorothy Carpenter, Mary Villar, Leona Huntley and Ida Watson; and brothers, Harry, Morris, Mike, Wilson and Bill Milton, Joe Stephens. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Hilda, Dot, Donna and Robbie for their care that they gave to Ms. Collins. Services performed under the direction of Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs. Please visit to sign the online guestbook.

Donovan, Marguerite Ann

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7. Marguerite A. Donovan, “Aunt Margaret,” passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011, at age 88. She was a resident of Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina and a native of New Orleans and Chalmette. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Tommy Sr. and Sherry Donovan; three grandchildren, Sydney, T.J. and Shawn; two step-grandchildren, Kellie and Lance; great-grandchild, four great-step-grandchildren, and her special angels, Trisha, Gail, Brooke and Mary Ann. She is also survived by three nieces, Doris, Viola and Margaret; and her babies, Pepper and Angel. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Frank Donovan; parents, Henry and Ella Foeckler; brother, Roland Foeckler; brother-in-law, Sonny Donovan; and sister-in-law, Wilhelmine Foeckler. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Wednesday, July 6, from 9 a.m. until service in the chapel at noon. Entombment in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens, Chalmette, on Thursday, July 7, at 11 a.m. Her passions included sewing and gardening. The family wishes to thank Hospice of Baton Rouge for their wonderful staff that helped them through such a difficult time.

Easterly, Embree K.

Embree K. Easterly, 92, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at The Carpenter House of St. Joseph Hospice, Baton Rouge. Visitation will be at Jefferson United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 6, from noon until religious service at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Roger Latham and the Rev. Steve Berger. Burial at Denham Springs Memorial Cemetery. Military honors will be rendered at the gravesite. Embree was born in Watson on March 10, 1919. His father, Isaac Dwight Easterly, was a farmer and the assessor of Livingston Parish. His mother, Elma Underwood Easterly, was a school teacher. As a young boy, he worked on his dad’s farm tending to strawberries, including watering each plant with one cup of water. School closed during strawberry picking season. He attended Denham Springs High School and graduated valedictorian of the Class of 1936. He attended LSU and worked several odd jobs, including living and working at Woodruff’s Funeral Home as an ambulance driver. His scariest trip was to the Louisiana State Prison in Angola at midnight to pick up a body. As a young man, he had to quit college to get a fulltime job to support his ailing parents, and little sister. He enlisted into the Marines during World War II and was at boot camp at Camp Pendleton. He saw action at Iwo Jima where he was attached to the 4th Division’s Graves Registration Unit. After Iwo Jima, he returned to Hawaii and helped close down the base. He traveled by train from California to Camp LeJeune to be discharged. The train went right through Baton Rouge on its way to Camp Lejeune, but he could not be discharged until he got to Camp Lejeune. He finally arrived home after a year and a half absence to his wife and two young sons one day after Christmas in 1945. He spent 45 years in banking. He was a graduate of The School of Banking of the South and Harvard University Banking School. He began his banking career at the second lowest position. When he retired in 1984, he was president, CEO and chairman of the board of Capital Bank, a $600 million dollar financial institution. Along the way, he was also president of the Independent Bankers Association of America and was one of the foremost authorities in the country regarding the Small Business Administration (SBA). He was asked to testify before Senate Committees in Washington, D.C., on numerous occasions. He was honored to receive the first Small Business Banker Advocate of the Year Award given by the United States of America, Small Business Administration (SBA). He lived a very active life and enjoyed golfing, boating, fishing, hunting, traveling and reading. As a big supporter of public service, he was the recipient of many humanitarian awards and participated in many charity events. He was also an active member of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce. During his time, he was one of, if not the largest, fund raiser for charities in the Baton Rouge community. He and his wife were very proud to be part of founding the Jefferson United Methodist Church in 1958. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Ruth Bienvenue Breaud; and eldest son, Robert Embree Easterly. He is survived by, and will be missed by, his remaining children and their spouses, Richard Kline Easterly and wife Nancy Easterly, James Dwight Easterly, and Sharon Easterly Watkins and husband Guy Watkins; grandchildren, Susan Easterly Meyer, Richard Clark Easterly, Robin Easterly Womack, Allyson Easterly Kohler, Erin Watkins Pulley and Guy Hartwell Watkins V; great-grandchildren, Brittany Anne Meyer, Alec Jeffery Meyer, Hunter Clark Easterly, Hayden Pitre Easterly, Landry Dalton Devall and Izabelle Kate Kohler; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, P.M. Breaud and wife Amy Breaud. Pallbearers will be the U.S. Marine Corps and his two grandsons, Richard Clark Easterly and Guy Hartwell Watkins V. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ruth B. and Embree K. Easterly Memorial Scholarship Fund held by the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana, 8337 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. This scholarship was started by his children to provide college funds to young adult members of Jefferson United Methodist Church.

Gauthier, Edna Bordeon

A Mass of Christian Burial for Edna Marie Gauthier, 94, of Baton Rouge, and formerly of Bunkie, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Hessmer. Burial in St. Alphonsus Mausoleum under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home of Bunkie. Mrs. Gauthier passed away at St. Clare Manor, Baton Rouge, on Sunday, July 3, 2011, at 12:30 a.m. Preceded in death by her husband, Fred J. Gauthier Sr.; son, Fred J. Gauthier Jr.; and parents, Edward and Irma Bordelon. She is survived by two daughters, Irene and husband Dr. Ross J. DeNicola Jr., of Baton Rouge, and Janie and husband Roger Carpenter, of Mission City, Texas; brother, Ed and wife Vera Mae Bordelon, of Alexandria; eight grandchildren, Ross J. DeNicola III, of Baton Rouge, Susannah DeNicola Babin, of Sunshine, Robert Daigrepont Jr., of Baton Rouge, Jill Carpenter Martin of Mission, Texas, Nick Carpenter, of Minneapolis, Jake Gauthier, of Missouri City, Texas, and Mark Gauthier and Charlie Gauthier, both of Baton Rouge; and 18 great-grandchildren. Visitation at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie, on Tuesday, July 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff on the 500 Hall at St. Clare Manor, Baton Rouge. Please share sympathies, memories and condolences at

Gray, Henry Bourg ‘Boo’

A resident of Port Allen, he died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. He was 74 and a native of Brusly. Visiting at Wilbert Funeral Home, Port Allen, on Monday, July 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until Rite of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., conducted by Deacon Sammy Collura. Interment in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Brusly. Survived by a daughter, Bridget Ann Gray; son, William “Billy” Bourg Gray; sister, Julia Brueck; two grandchildren, Jennifer Gray and Zachary Gray; great-grandchild, Brianna Gray; daughter-in-law, Paula Gary; and his dog, Jack Gray. Preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Tee Gray; parents, William and Celeste Gray; and brother, William Truman Gray. Pallbearers will be Caleb Crochet, Joshua Crochet, Eric Miller, Mark Levert, Keith Weber, Zachary Gray, Dustin Levert and Justin Baucum. He was a former firefighter and police chief of Port Allen. He was an avid fisherman and card player with his friends from the Knights of Columbus. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family. Please share sympathies, condolences and memories at

Guidry, Mazel

Mazel Guidry, 90, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2011. Arrangements pending with Pellerin Funeral Home, St. Martinville, (337) 332-2111.

Janet, Edmund Joseph

‘Eddie Boy’

A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was 83 and a resident of Baton Rouge. A native of New Orleans, he passed away Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Ochsner Medical Center, Baton Rouge. He was a Navy veteran and retired from the Legislative Auditors Office. Visitation at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church on Tuesday, July 5, from 9:30 a.m. until funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Interment at Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survived by his wife of 61 years, Jeanette Janet; daughters, Gail Flynn and husband Gary, and Debra Lilly and husband Keith; son, Bruce Janet and wife Linda; sister, Janet Guidry; brother, Charles Janet; grandchildren, Casey Rade and husband Paul, Brandon Janet, Ashley Smith and husband Austin, Jonathan Lilly, Cole Flynn and wife Brittany, Justin Lilly and Jacob Janet; and great-grandchildren, Dylan Laborde, Kelsey Overman, Madison Rade, Beau Rade. Preceded in death by his parents, Elexson and Rhoda Janet; and son, Timothy Paul Janet. Pallbearers will be Brandon and Jacob Janet, Keith, Jonathan and Justin Lilly and Paul Rade. Honorary pallbearers are Gary and Cole Flynn and Austin Smith. He was an active member of the Disabled American Vets and the Jackson War Veterans Home and a member of the Trench Rats. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Arrangements by Greenoaks Funeral Home.

Lofton, Jeanette Frazier Allen ‘Maw Nett’

Jeanette “Maw Nett” Frazier Allen Lofton died Friday July 1, 2011, at Lane Regional Medical Center, Zachary. She was 73, a resident of Grace Nursing Home, Clinton, and a native of Greensburg. She was a former employee at the Louisiana State Penitenitary at Angola. Visiting at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Clinton, on Tuesday July 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, July 6, from 9 a.m. until service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Tony Hand. Burial in Second Baptist Church Cemetery, Jackson. She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Allen Bridges and Cynthia “Cindy” Manuel, both of Jackson; and a son, Martin “Mitch” Allen and wife Sandra, of St. Francisville. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Warren Allen, Amanda Allen Delaughter, Heather Allen Watson, Heath Allen, Justin Coleman, Sarah Manuel Allen, John Coleman and Travis Allen; and 19 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by the father of her children, Felix “Peter Rabbit” Allen; parents, Martin and Sadie Frazier; and four siblings. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at

Lundin, Mary Jane Cotten

“Have no fear for what tomorrow may bring. The same loving God who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. God will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.” — St. Francis de Sales.

Born on Feb. 10, 1931, in Alexandria, Mary Jane Cotten Lundin departed this life on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at 2:30 a.m. She was predeceased by her parents, Jesse William Cotten Sr. and Sue Robertson Cotten; husband, Edward J. Lundin Sr.; brother, Jesse William Cotten Jr.; and two daughters, Emily Sue Munson Lepard and Mary Catherine Munson. She is survived by remaining three children, Fulton R. Munson Jr., Jane Munson-Berg and Deborah Munson Shelton; six grandchildren, Kathryn Elizabeth Lepard, Brittney Eileen Marroy, John Eric Shelton, James Aaron Shelton, Janeen Danielle Shelton and David Stanley Berg; a great-grandson, Aden Joseph Shelton; sister-in-law, Rosemary B. Cotten; and two sons-in-law, William Lepard and Robert A. Berg. Mary Jane was raised in Batchelor in Pointe Coupee Parish and attended both LSU and nursing school at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. As a charismatic Catholic and parishioner at St. Aloysius and Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Churches, she was involved in many organizations such as Magnificat, Women’s Bible Study and numerous other volunteer activities. As an elementary teacher at St. Aloysius Elementary School and founder/director of Merry Morning Kindergarten, she touched many young lives. With her exuberant and outgoing personality she had many friends all over the country and will be missed by them and her family. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Monday, July 4, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a rosary at 6 p.m. Visitation at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on Tuesday, July 5, from 9 a.m. until funeral Mass at 10 a.m., officiated by the Rev. Jeffery Bayhi. Burial at Roselawn Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Leukemia Society.

McMullan, Boyd Hughes

A retired Exxon engineer and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died Saturday, July 2, 2011. A full obituary will appear Tuesday. Arrangements with Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St.

Overall, Ramon Towns ‘Ray’

The spirited Life of Ramon Towns “Ray” Overall came to a peaceful end Monday June 27, 2011, surrounded by family as he triumphed in a courageous battle with cancer. Some may have called Ray unconventional; he was truly one of a kind and lived life on his terms. There was the right way, the wrong way and there was Ray’s way and he lived that way until the end. Ray was born April 12, 1956, in Baton Rouge. He was a citizen and student of the world attending Episcopal High, Lee High, Nicholls State and LSU, more importantly graduating from the “School of Life” Summa Cum Laude. As a resident of New Orleans he became the embodiment of everything the French Quarter had to offer. It was there he had a short acting career, having a role in “Exit to Eden,” and he also pursued a career in music, forming his own band as he played the wash tub. Ray loved being on the water, having two notable stints of life on the water, living on his houseboat on the rivers of south Louisiana and more recently along the shores of the Yangtze River in China. His real enjoyment came from his family and friends. While he may have been a master of the art of exacerbation he was also the first one to step up when help was needed. Prior to retirement, Ray was founder and COO of Advanced Concrete testing. Preceded in death by his soul mate Captain Woof, he is survived by his wife, Brenda Overton; his sons, his true pride, Aaron Overall and Chet Overall; his parents, Mathilda Ramon Overall and Robert Clyde Overall; brothers, Robert C. Overall Jr. and wife Cindy, and Hall Charles Overall and wife Mary; sister, Jeanne Overall Liles and husband Richard; along with many nieces and nephews. A celebration to remember Ray will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home in Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, in true New Orleans style and fashion Wednesday, July 6, at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Visitation will also be at the funeral home on Tuesday, July 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Serving as Ray’s pallbearers will be his nephews, Nelson Liles, Greg Overall, Seth Overall, Devon Overall, Robby Overall and cousin, Lonny Ramon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the charity of choice. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories and condolences online at

Self, Irma Eccles

Irma Eccles Self, a native of Eunice and a resident of Baton Rouge, passed away Friday, July 1, 2011, at age 90. Mrs. Self retired from Earl K. Long Hospital where she worked as a nurse. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Tuesday, July 5, from 9 a.m. until funeral services in the chapel at 11 a.m., officiated by the Rev. Bruce Stringer. Burial at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Arthur Kenneth and Dolores Self; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and James Daigle, and Donna and Austin Chaisson; seven grandchildren, Clint and Caprice Guillot, Roderick and Randy Daigle, and Richard, Kenny and David Chaisson; and 10 great-grandchildren, Cody and Gracie Guillot, Elizabeth, Daniel, Julia, Ashley and Morgan Daigle, and Brandon, Kaylyn and Haven Chaisson. Mrs. Self is also survived by a sister, Esther Hafner. Preceded in death by her husband, Authur W. Self; parents, six brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Self attended Bethany World Prayer Center.

Simon, Diane

Diane Simon, 57, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, with her family by her side in Baton Rouge. She was born July 31, 1953, in Camp LeJeune, N.C., to Leon “Rip” and Katherine Davis, and grew up in Baton Rouge. She married her husband, Randall Simon, on May 31, 1975, and they both served for many years working for the Louisiana state government. Diane is beloved and missed by many family members and friends. She was the wife of Randall Simon; daughter to Leon “Rip” Davis and Katherine Davis; stepdaughter to Gussie Davis: sister to Vicki Arbour, Shelley Bridges, Laurie Strickland, Margaret Pfell, Mary Davis, Stephanie Davison, Fred Downing and Kyle Southwick; and aunt to many nieces and nephews who loved her wholly. She was preceded in death by her mother, Katherine Davis. Visitation at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs, on Monday, July 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Denham Springs, on Tuesday, July 5, at 2 p.m. Burial in Ponchatoula Cemetery, Ponchatoula. Please visit the registry book at

Waguespack, A.R. ‘Ray’

A.R. “Ray” Waguespack, 84, a native of St. James and resident of Napoleonville, died Friday, July 1, 2011. Visitation at St. Philomena Catholic Church, Labadieville, on Tuesday, July 5, from 8:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Burial in the church cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce Percle Waguespack; six daughters, Kathy Blanchard and husband Wayne, Celeste Cancienne and husband Tommy, Rachel Landry and husband Mark, Anne Toloudis and husband Scott, Mary Beth Guidry and husband David, and Sandy Waguespack; 11 grandchildren, Kristie Nettles, Leah Pipsair, Matthew Cancienne, Sara Stockwell, Melissa Landry, Bennett Landry, Erin Toloudis, Kristen Toloudis, Brandon Templet, Chase Templet and Nick Guidry; seven great-grandchildren and a sister, Marie Waguespack Williams. Preceded in death by his parents, Gaston Waguespack Sr. and Martha Schexnayder Waguespack; stepmother, Conelia P. Waguespack; brothers, Minor, Lloyd, Vernon, Lawrence “Bill,” Daniel and Gaston Waguespack Jr.; and sister, Dorothy Waguespack. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served in the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres. He was a member of Aircraft Carriers Sailors Association, Knights of Columbus and The American Legion. Arrangements by Landry’s Funeral Home, Thibodaux.

Wilson, Alice Keesing

Alice Catherine Keesing Wilson, 76, of Baton Rouge, died Thursday, June 30, 2011, at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was born June 29, 1935, in Jersey City, N.J. She was the youngest of three siblings. She worked as a confidential/legal secretary for more than 30 years. She was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Sarah Keesing; and her brother, Arthur Keesing. She is survived by her husband, of 56 years, Harold W Wilson Sr.; sister, Adelaide E Keesing; children, Harold W. Wilson Jr. and wife Beth, Michael S Wilson Sr. and wife Kim, and Susan Mannino; grandchildren, Michael Jr., Callie, Emily, William, Amy, Tyler and Peyton; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Amelia Alice, Aiden and Ingrid; cousins, Arthur and Evelyn Joynes and Emma Moskal; Aunt Elaine and her dear friend of 40+ years, Carrie Mutrie. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East on Tuesday, July 5, from 11 a.m. until the religious service at 1 p.m. Entombment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. The family wishes to express its appreciation to Alice’s caretaker, Evelyn Jarvis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alice’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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