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Obituaries: March 22, 2018

Obituaries from the March 22 paper.

Ada Broussard

Ada Lee Ricks “Miss Ricks” Broussard was born in Mansfield where she was raised. She died on Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018, in Cedar Hill, Texas, at the age of 95.

“Miss Ricks” finished high school at 16. In 1938 she enrolled in Louisiana State Normal College (now call Northwestern Louisiana State University) in Natchitoches majoring in music and English. She graduated in May 1942. “Miss Ricks” later received two master’s degrees. She was an avid reader throughout her life until she lost her eyesight.

After college graduation “Miss Ricks” came to Cameron Parish to teach school “because teachers were paid more in south Louisiana than in the northern parts of the state.” She was homesick at first, but grew to love Cameron Parish, its people and her job. She taught at the Grand Chenier School, mostly English and music; although due to a shortage of teachers during World War II she taught other subjects as needed. She first taught 7th grade reading, history, math, and elementary music. Gradually she moved up to high school English, girl’s choir, and music appreciation

In 1948, Ada Lee and Bud Broussard purchased the land where she lived until August of 2017 on Helen Street in Grand Chenier and shortly thereafter built their beloved home. Although severely damaged at times, the home and the Broussards survived hurricanes Audrey, Rita and Ike. Each time they repaired and rebuilt.

After retiring from teaching “Miss Ricks” served as Cameron Parish librarian for many years. She was an active member of the Grand Chenier First United Methodist Church where she served as the pianist/organist until her diminished eyesight no longer allowed. She enjoyed studying and teaching the Bible and organized the annual Christmas play.

“Miss Ricks” was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Joseph (“Bud”) Broussard; her parents, William “Billy” Gardner Ricks and Bessie Wilson Ricks; and her sister, Jean Ricks Driver.

Interment, was held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Mar. 17, in Chenier Perdue (Theriot) Cemetery under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. A memorial service followed the Interment at approximately 10 a.m. at Grand Chenier United Methodist Church, 2873 Grand Chenier Highway, Grand Chenier. Rev. Mel Yorks officiated.

(Paid Memorial)

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Jonathan LeJuine

Jonathan Ray LeJuine, 33, died Monday, Mar. 12, 2018, in Minot, N.D.

He was a native and lifelong resident of the Hackberry-Sulphur area. He attended Church of the King in Lake Charles and First Baptist Church in Hackberry.

Survivors include his mother, Lisa Maronge of Sulphur; father, Eddie LeJuine and wife Michelle of Hackberry; children, Conner James LeJuine and Jason Ray LeJuine, both of Lake Charles; step-grandparents, Robert and Brenda Silcox, and Melba “Blondie” LeJuine, all of Hackberry; siblings, Laken Koonce of Sulphur, Magen Guidry of Sulphur, Joseph LeJuine of Lafayette, Jacob LeJuine of Hackberry, Ashley Herman of Carlyss, and Erica LeBlanc of Sulphur; and mother of his children, Candace Hicks of Lake Charles.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ona Lee and Sherbert Maronge; and paternal grandparents, Johnny LeJuine and Mildred Powers Cox.

His funeral was held Monday, Mar. 19, in Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. Rev. Monte Rowse officiated. Burial was in Hackberry Cemetery.

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