Marjorie Rabalais Attales
Funeral services will be held for Marjorie Rabalais Attales, 88 of Ville Platte, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 4 p.m., today, March 17. Burial will follow in the Old Ville Platte Cemetery.
A native of the small rural community of Goudeau in Avoyelles Parish, Ms Attales died at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, 2011, after a long and fruitful life. Like many people born during the Great Depression, her early life was spent in hard work as she helped her family maintain their small cotton farm. That hard work would continue throughout her life.
She graduated from Evergreen High School, where she played shortstop on the softball team. After high school, she moved to Alexandria, where she met a young soldier who would become the love of her life, Wilson Attales, while working at a department store lunch counter. They fell deeply in love and married before he shipped out to serve in World War II. When he returned from service, they moved to his hometown of Ville Platte, and together, they raised nine children, Yvonne, Sheila, Gerard, Janet, Craig, Beth, Lola, Mark and Suzanne.
Marjorie lost her husband in 1969. At the young age of 46, she was left with the responsibility of raising her children alone. While many people search for their life’s purpose, her purpose was always clear, her children.
She devoted herself to raising these children to love God and to take care of each other. She always believed her greatest job was to get her children to heaven. She was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and later a member of Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
The last 10 years of her life were spent at Magnolia Estates Nursing Home in Lafayette. During this time, she was very much loved by the staff and patients. She spent many hours praying her beloved rosary for her children and for anyone else in need of prayer. She often wrote letters of encouragement and hope to staff members who were going through a difficult time. She endeared herself to everyone with her sharp sense of humor.
Although she care for everyone, Marjorie’s main source of pride and joy was always her family. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were always on her mind and in her heart. She prayed for them endlessly. She will be greatly missed by them.
In addition to her nine children, survivors include 20 grandchildren, Michelle McCarty, Edward Bergeron III, Tara Ribera, Chase Long, Stephanie Ritter, Laura Attales, Melissa McDermot, Jennifer Duff, Rob Dupuis, Monica Dupuis, Naomi Quebedeaux, Katelyn Laughlin, Maggie Fontenot, Sara Fontenot, Ryan Attales, Jordon Attales, Kelli Attales, Tyler Attales, Ava Stutes and Aaron Stutes. She is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren, Megan McCarty, Michael McCarty, Ashley Bergeron, Ryan Bergeron, John Fontenot, Jacob Fontenot, Wyatt Leger, Chloe Leger, Olivia Ritter, Thomas Quebedeaux, Jacob Quebedeaux, Preston Williams, Brett Williams, Malcolm Williams, Sha’nae Williams, Michael McDermot, Tyler McDermot and Victoria McDermot.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Bertha Rabalais; her husband, Wilson Attales; and two grandchildren, Monica Long and Tish Fontenot.
Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Ville Platte will be in charge of arrangements.
Pelican Footnote: Marjorie was a member of the EHS Class of 1940.