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Obituaries: April 12, 2018

Obituaries from the April 12 paper.

James Pearce

James “Mack” Pearce, 84, a resident of LeBleu Settlement died on Sunday, Apr. 8, 2018 in a local hospital.

He served with honor in the United States Army. He retired after 30 plus years of service with PPG.

Survivors include his children: Sonya “Tooty” Ruth Hoffpauir and husband Darrell of Gueydan, Vicki Sue Elkins and husband Robert of Richard, and Robert “Bobby” Blaine Pearce and wife Mona of Sweetlake; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

He was predeceased by his parents, Hershel and Laura Barrett Pearce; siblings, Ruth Cayton, Mabel Spell, Dorothy Bordelon, Joyce Dutton, Goergie Burke, Lucille Juskie, and Hershel Pearce, Jr.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Apr. 11, at Lakeside Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Wayne LeBleu officiated. Burial followed with military honors at Highland Memory Gardens.

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Mary Cirello

Mary Geraldine Lowery Cirello, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt, a long time resident of Newport Beach, Calif. died Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Toluca Lake, Calif. She was 97.

Born Sept. 8, 1920 in Hackberry, Mary attended John McNeese Junior College where she studied pre-med and chemistry but soon discovered she had a love of flying.

The following excerpt was taken from the American Press of Baton Rouge on Jan. 17, 1941. “The first girl to complete her civilian pilot training course under the recently inaugurated program of the Civil Aeronautics Board, through John McNeese Junior College." The article goes on to say, "She was the only girl in the group of 10 students selected from the college to pass the rigid requirements of the CAB and become a full-fledged pilot.”

Mary loved cooking and baking. She was happiest in the kitchen preparing a meal for her family or around the card table playing a good game of setback, but her most passionate interest transformed her into the family scribe. She spent many years tirelessly researching the Lowery family tree providing a complete genealogical record dating back to 1719 filled with anecdotal stories which she lovingly detailed.

No surprise, Mary was a descendant of the original settlers of Southwest Louisiana.

She is survived by her brother Ernest Lawerence “Jr.” Lowery; her children, Natalie Jean (Graham) Bloxham and Thomas Lawrence Cirello; her grandchildren, Angela Marie (David) Hunter Geiss of Sonoma County, Calif., Caroline Elizabeth (Don) Johnson of Bloomington, Ind., Antoinette Leigh (David) Shuman of West Jordan, Utah, Trinon Lawrence Cirello of Murphys, Calif., Skye Calvert Shannon Ruggieri of Murphys, Calif., and Jeffrey Crawford Bloxham of Belmont, Calif.

Mary was also blessed with 14 great-grandchildren, Nickolas Wesley Michael Shuman, Samantha Rae (Nick) Johnson Harless, Gage Anthony Cirello, Sadie Ann Johnson, Maximillian Lorenzo Cirello, Sydney Lauren Shuman, Caden Thomas Cirello, Grace Elizabeth Johnson, Bailey Anne Shuman, Molly Ann Johnson, Charles Kevin Hunter Geiss, Zoe Nicole Ruggieri, Benjamin Joseph Anthony Hunter Geiss, and Reece Erin Cirello. The family would like to thank ResCare HomeCare for the loving caregivers they provided, especially Susie and most recently, Trish Wade.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, Agnes Elender and Ernest Lawerence Lowery; her siblings Leo, John Anthony "J.A.", Loraine, Lauris Earl “Buddy Boy”, Arthur Lee, Peggy, Doris, Clerfa John “C.J.”; and her beloved husband of 61 years, Anthony Michael Cirello.

The visitation was from 1 until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 3, at the Pacific View Memorial Park, immediately followed by the funeral mass and burial at 2 p.m.

As Mary was a long time member of the Soul Sisters, the family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Soul Sisters at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Newport Beach, Calif.

(Paid Memorial)

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Ruby Hebert

Ruby Mae Hebert, 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Apr. 9, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

Ruby was born in Maurice and moved to Cameron Parish in 1954 where she raised her family. She was an active member of Catholic Daughters, Altar Society, a Lector, Ladies Auxiliary, and recited Rosaries in English and French in church and at funerals for many years. Ruby was an avid Caterer and Seamstress who completed entire weddings. Ruby was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be missed greatly.

Those left behind to cherish her memories are son, John Allen Hebert and wife, Gwen of Sweetlake; son, Don Hebert and wife, Caroline of Scott; daughter, Nedia Hebert Trahan and husband, Hilary “Poochie” of Cameron; son, Keith Francis Hebert and wife, Rosario of Lake Charles; son, Cedric Paul Hebert and wife, Becky of Cameron; 20 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Francis Hebert; daughters, Patsy Payne and Druscilla Aubey; grandsons, Timothy Trahan and Christopher Hebert; a brother, Joseph Floyd Hebert; and a sister, Edith Hebert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Noon Thursday, Apr. 12, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Cameron. Rev. Babasino Fernandes will officiate. Burial will follow in Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church Cemetery.

Visitation was held from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 11, with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Visitation will resume Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church in Cameron.

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

(Paid Memorial)

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