Published 3:26 pm Thursday, April 2, 2020
Marie Blanchard, 98, died in Huntsville, Texas on March 27, 2020.
She was born in New Iberia, Louisiana to Felix and Clarisse Deslatte.
Orphaned at an early age, she was raised by relatives in Port Arthur, Texas, where she lived for most of her life.
She was the youngest girl and the third youngest sibling among 12 brothers and sisters.
She is the last surviving sibling.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony J. “Tony” Blanchard, daughter Donna Hebert, and son Terry Blanchard.
She is survived by her son Randy Blanchard of Port Arthur, Texas, son-in-law Gayle Hebert of Huntsville, Texas, granddaughter Michelle Hebert, MD of Huntsville, Texas, grandson Darren Hebert and his wife Lori of
Bellville, Texas, step-great grandson Kevin Dupuy and his wife Becky and son Dez of Mountainview, California, grandson Matthew Blanchard and his wife Jessica, and their daughters Maddie, Lillie and Izzy of Cedar Park, Texas, and granddaughter Joyce Bonner and her husband Chad of Leander Texas.
She is also survived by nephew Glenn Guillot of Lumberton, Texas and nephew Ronald Hebert of Satellite Beach, Florida and goddaughter Toni Love of Melbourne, Florida and many other extended family and friends.
Marie was a long-time member of Saint Catherine Catholic Church in Port Arthur, Texas where she was a member of the Ladies Altar Society.
Marie was dearly loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed.
She loved to travel and was a voracious reader and puzzle solver.
She was a gifted cook and loved to prepare meals for family and friends. Her gifts of roux, fig preserves, fruit cake and pie were especially treasured.
Special thanks are offered to Lynn and Dennis Longmire and the caregivers of Angel Care Outreach in Huntsville, Texas for their loving and compassionate care of Marie.
Thanks also to Dr. Karl Mahaffey and Dr. Christie Cahill for their extra efforts to provide for her medical and hearing needs.
Special thanks also to Father Fred Valone, Marilyn Johnson and others of Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church for attending to her spiritual needs.
Special thanks also to Compassionate Care Hospice for making her final days peaceful.
A private visitation was held at Grammier Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur, Texas on Tuesday, March 31 followed immediately by a private graveside service and interment at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery.
Once circumstances permit, a memorial service will be held in her memory.
In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests that donations be made in her name to the Senior Center of Walker County to support their Meals on Wheels program, Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston or to the charity of your choice.