GREENSBURG — A state district judge has sealed all records pertaining to a lawsuit the fundraising arm of Southeastern Louisiana University filed against the estate of a Greensburg woman, officials said.
The SLU Foundation is contesting the will of Myra Darouse LaRue, who died in October, and whose will divided her estate among her sister and nieces, according to a copy of the suit.
Employees of the St. Helena Parish Clerk of Court’s Office said they were forbidden by Judge Ernest Drake of the 21st Judicial District from releasing any information or documents related to the suit.
The foundation alleges LaRue’s final will is not legal, according to a copy of the lawsuit.
Myra Darouse LaRue died Oct. 22, leaving behind no children and no husband, according to the lawsuit. The suit alleges that LaRue signed a will on March 6, 2009, before Greensburg attorney Clifton Speed.
But after Myra LaRue’s death, her niece filed a new will with the court, the suit alleges.
The new will, which was signed before a notary from Metairie, left all of LaRue’s assets to her sister, Mary Elizabeth Pardue, and three nieces, according to a copy of the will included with the suit.
The SLU Foundation suit names Pardue, Barbara Pardue, Judy Pardue Polidori and Mary Sue Darouse as defendants in the will.
Myra LaRue allegedly signed the contested will Oct. 9, 13 days before she died, according to the copy of the will.
The suit alleges she was undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments during that period. The suit also alleges Myra LaRue’s niece, Mary Sue Darouse, blocked friends from seeing her aunt during the dying woman’s final days and ordered the new will’s witnesses to “disobey the Court’s subpoenas and not to speak about Ms. Myra.”
When contacted by phone, Mary Elizabeth Pardue referred all questions to Barbara Pardue. Barbara Pardue did not return several calls for comment.
Dennis James, president of the SLU Foundation, refused comment, saying only that the matter was currently under litigation.