Irene Marie Gremillion
LAFAYETTE - Funeral services will be held on
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in
La Chapelle de Martin & Castille for Irene Marie Gremillion, 72, who
passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at Our Lady of
Lourdes Regional Medical Center.
Entombment will be in St. Mary Assumption
Mausoleum in Cottonport, Louisiana.
Reverend Lloyd Benoit, Pastor of Assumption of
the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Franklin, will be the
Celebrant of the funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services.
Lectors will be Kathy G. Wall and Amy Claire Bordelon. Giftbearers
will be Joan G. Broussard and Ruth G. Loving. Mrs. Jodi Bollich,
organist and soloist, will sing for the services, "Amazing Grace",
"Shepherd Me O' God", "Ave Maria", "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman", "Pie
Jesu" and "Be Not Afraid"
She is survived by one brother, James Edgar
Gremillion and his wife, Margaret "Marrain" of Lafayette; one
sister, Olive Basha and her husband, Peter of Zachary, LA.; four
nephews; six nieces; eighteen great nieces and nephews; and four
great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents,
Wilmore and Leila Gauthier Gremillion; and one nephew, Jeabert
A native of Cottonport, Louisiana and resident
of Lafayette for over 26 years, Irene, also known to her family and
friends as "Renie", was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, great aunt,
great-great aunt and friend to all who knew her. "Renie" was a
dedicated worker and enjoyed working as a door greeter at K-mart.
She also worked as a volunteer for The Alleman Center and Lafayette
Association of Retarded Citizens (LARC), where she was also a
client. "Renie" also worked closely with her niece at Amy Claire
Clothier in Lafayette. She enjoyed life and never met a stranger. "Renie"
looked forward to socializing with her family and friends, and
always told those that she met, "It was nice to meet you". She
enjoyed reading the newspaper, playing Bingo and was a whiz at
solving word search puzzles. "Renie" loved to dance to Zydeco music
and was often seen "cutting a rug" with her friends and family at
Downtown Alive or Parc San Souci. She also enjoyed taking part in
the Mardi Gras Festivities. "Renie" was a faithful catholic who
attended Mass regularly, and was a past member of the Ladies Altar
Society at St. Mary Assumption Church in Cottonport, LA. Although it
was never documented, "Renie's" family believed to think she was the
oldest Down Syndrome person in Louisiana. She will be dearly missed
not only by family and friends, but by all of those whose lives she
has touched throughout the years.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Gremillion, Phil
Gremillion, Billy Gremillion, Glynn Broussard, Butch Begnaud, Don
Wall, Barrett Broussard and Law Loving. Honorary Pallbearers will be
Aidan Bordelon, Everett Loving, Matthew Loving, Geoff Begnaud,
Donovan Wall, Charlene Broussard, Christy Dauterive, Diane Heard,
Sandy Johnson, Cindy Ross and Norma Borne.
A Rosary will be recited on Monday, November 2,
2009 at 6 p.m. in Martin & Castille Funeral Home in Lafayette. A
eulogy will be given by her niece, Lucy Begnaud, following the
The family requests that visitation be observed
on Monday from 11 a.m to 8 p.m. and will continue on Tuesday from 8
a.m. until time of services.
Donations may be made in Irene's name to LARC,
Lafayette Association of Retarded Citizens, 303 New Hope Rd.
Lafayette, LA. 70506 or Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston Street,
Suite 200, Lafayette, LA. 70503.
The family would like to thank the nurses and
staff of Bethany Health Care Center, for their kindness, compassion
and loving care given to "Renie" during her time of need. Special
thanks to her guardians and caregivers, Edgar and Margaret
Gremillion and Jimmy and Amy Claire Bordelon.
View the obituary and guestbook online at
Martin & Castille - Lafayette, 337-234-2311.
in the Daily Advertiser on November 02, 2009.