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Current Obituaries

Obituaries from the November 16 paper.

Linda Armentero

Linda Gladys Dronet Armentero, 69, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in a local hospital

She was born in Port Arthur, Texas, raised in Creole and moved to Lake Charles, and lived for 40 years.

Survivors include her husband, Ismeal; her stepdaughter, Kathy Armentero; and brother, Ruben Dronet.

A Memorial Gathering was held Sunday, Nov. 12, in Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles.

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Hilda Bourgeois

Hilda Mary Bourgeois, 82, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

She retired from the Cameron Parish School Board, where she worked in the cafeteria and as a janitor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Bourgeois; parents, Tanasse and Mary (Boudreaux) Thibodeaux; and one brother.

A Mass of Christian burial was held in Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church of Creole on Monday, Nov. 13, with Rev. Babasino Fernandes officiating. Burial followed in Our Lady of the Marsh in Little Chenier.

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Helen Johns

Helen Hope Johns was born at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, the youngest child of Rev. Henry LeRoy Johns and Persis Means Johns. She died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at Brookdale Alexandria in Alexandria at the age of 89.

Growing up as a Methodist minister’s daughter, she moved with her family to pastoral appointments in Ruston, Monroe, Lake Charles and back to New Orleans. While in New Orleans, she caught the eye of Tom Norman of Cotton Valley, a Navy V-12 volunteer beginning his medical education at Tulane. She graduated from Sophie B. Wright School, then an all-girls public high school, in 1943 and entered Louisiana State University at the age of 15. She graduated with a B.A. in English in 1947. She and Tom were married at Rayne Memorial on June 16, 1947.

Tom’s internship and residency in general medicine, followed by his volunteering for the Air Force and his subsequent specialization in academic pathology, led the couple to many homes over the years, including Temple, Texas; Pineville; Ruston; Natchez, Miss.; Lubbock, Texas; Wichita Falls, Texas; Memphis, Tenn.; Jackson, Miss.; New Orleans; and Little Rock, Ark.

She served on the boards of the Gloster (Miss.) Arboretum and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. She and her friend Louise A. Simon coedited the cookbook Louisiana Entertains, published in 1978 to benefit the Rapides Symphony Orchestra. In 1979 Hope joined the staff of the Alexandria Daily Town Talk to write a weekly column called “Panorama” that focused on local culture, nature, history and people. After retiring from the paper, Hope continued to take on free-lance assignments for publications such as Forests & People, the magazine of the Louisiana Forestry Association. She was the author of “The First 90 Years: from Alexandria Sanitarium to Rapides Regional Medical Center, a history of Rapides General Hospital.”

An avid birder, she particularly enjoyed outings to Cameron Parish, where she and Tom had a birding retreat near Peveto Woods Sanctuary.

She is survived by her son, David Johns Norman of Berryville, Va., and wife Deb; son, Dr. Stephen Henry Norman of Alexandria and wife Lisa; daughter-in-law, Karen Normand Norman of Alexandria; daughter, Hope Norman Coulter of Little Rock, Ark., and husband Mel White; ten grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nine step-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her son Thomas Foster Norman, DVM, in 2005 and by her husband, Dr. Tom David Norman, in 2011.

A memorial service will be at the First United Methodist Church, Alexandria, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, with the Rev. Ashley Maguire officiating. The family will receive visitors before and after the service. Memorials are suggested to the Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival, First United Methodist Church, 2727 Jackson, Alexandria, LA 71301; Rosalie Sugarmill Music Festival, 1260-F Texas Ave., Alexandria LA 71301; Baton Rouge Audubon Society--Peveto Woods Fund, P.O. Box 67016, Baton Rouge LA 70896; or a charity of one’s choice.

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Anna Hebert

Anna Joyce Hebert, 75, passed away on Thursday Nov. 9, 2017.

Anna was born Aug. 5, 1942 in Eunice to the late Louis and Edith Smith. Anna married the love of her life, Captain Eddie Hebert Jr., and together they had 42 years of love and laughter as they raised their two children.

Anna loved to cook and had a tremendous amount of recipes that she shared with family and friends alike. A special favorite was her little pecan pies at Christmas.

Anna traveled with Eddie whenever she could as his life as a Captain took them to many, many places and the beach was a love for them both.

Reading was a passion and she had her favorites, and often was turning a page in between her phone calls to family and friends as the latest baseball game played on the TV in the background.

Her cell phone was an extension of her hand, always ready to comfort or advise. Anna had a deep love of family; a true matriarch she loved and was loved deeply in return.

She is survived by her son, Eddie Hebert III “Davy” and his wife, Katherine; daughter, Angela Hebert McCain and husband, Lucas; grandchildren, Jacob Hebert, Matthew Hebert, Jobe Hebert, Tanya Billedeaux-White and Greg Billedeaux and five great-grandchildren; siblings, John Smith and wife, Joy, Rena Soileau and husband, Jim, Grace Sonnier and Jean Fuselier; niece, Shelly Smith; God-son, Mitch Soileau, and many extended family and friends.

She will be forever loved and deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to have her in their lives.

Anna is predeceased by her husband, Captain Eddie Hebert Jr.; her parents, Lewis and Edith Smith; siblings, Winston Smith, Ivan Smith, Jim Smith, Paul Smith and Ethel Smith Bertrand.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff and residents at Brookdale who always had a kind word and helpful heart.

Visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 12, from 4-8 p.m. with Acts rosary at 6 p.m. at Hixson Funeral Home, in Lake Charles, resumed Monday, Nov. 13, at 8 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at Christ the King Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Burial followed Mass at Highland Memorial Park.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

(Paid Memorial)

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John Montie

John Kenneth Montie, 82, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 in a local hospital.

He was a lifelong resident of Creole. He was dedicated to his Catholic faith and was a fourth degree knight in the Knights of Columbus. He had many trades and it is said that there wasn’t anything that he would not try. He was loved and will be missed by many loved ones and friends. He was responsible for the rebuilding of the KC Hall in Creole.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Meredith Giles Montie; son, Mark Montie (Ellen); daughter, Pam Montie Tidwell (Tommy); Phyllis Montie (Jarine); grandchildren, Tanya Montie, Robbie Montie, Rusty Shawn Benson, Jacob Benson, and Cherie Tidwell; great-grandchildren, Austin and Randy O’Neil Guillory, Zoey Montie, Brailyn Benson, Kinley Boudreaux, and Juliette Tidwell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Hun Montie and Rose Broussard Montie; sister, Mary Montie Theriot; daughter, Stephanie Montie Benson; granddaughter, Rushanda Nicole Benson; grandson, John Mark Montie (Bones); great grandson, John Kaiden Mark Tidwell; and Alice Faye Benson (Rusty Shawn’s late wife).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Creole, on Thursday Nov. 16, at 2:30 p.m. Father Fernandes will officiate. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Creole under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Visitation was held at Johnson Funeral Home from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday and will resume at the funeral home on Thursday from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. A rosary was recited at the funeral home Wednesday at 6 p.m.

(Paid Memorial)

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