"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith". Mayola Gautreau Martinez was born to Almond and Marie Gautreau on January 11, 1921
and peacefully departed for her eternal glory on Thursday, July 25, 2013 with her loving daughter and caretaker at her side . She was a lifelong resident of Ascension Parish until the last few years living in Port Allen with her daughter and son-in-law. Visitation was Monday, July 29, 2013 from 9 am to 12 at Faithful United Methodist Church on Hwy 431 in St. Amant. Religious services immediately followed officiated by Reverend Kent Schexnayder with interment at Hope Haven Mausoleum on Highway 30. Pallbearers were Bryan and Brad Martinez, Laine Hue, Brent Braud, Harris Martinez Jr. (Boy), and Donald Gautreau. Honorary pallbearer was Todd Martinez. Mayola is preceded in death by her parents, husband Milton Joseph Martinez Sr.(Newcomb) three sons; Gerald "Moochie", Arnold "Cop Cop", Milton Jr. , brothers, Huey John , Wilfred, Nolan, and Vernon "ToToot" Gautreau; sister, Bernice Brignac; son-in-law, Charles Chamberlain; two grandchildren; Mickey Paul and Lisa Martinez, and three infant great great grandchildren . Mayola is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Theresa Martinez, two daughters; Diane Chamberlain, Carolyn McLaughlin and husband Joe, and daughter- in -law Doris Martinez. She is also survived by two sisters; Rita Bourgeois and Eula "Tootle"Bourgeois . Remaining to love the fond memories of a devoted grandmother are ; Shane , Bobby James, Bryan, Todd and Brad Martinez, Brent Braud, Laine Hue, Dolaine Boudreaux, Christy Burnett, Gwyn Braud, Gina Moreau, Trina Ford, Sissy Smith, Jamie Sylvia, Penny Martinez, Keely and Megan Babin; three step grandchildren TammyDaigle, Charles Chamberlain Jr. and Rita Lynn Burns. She was also blessed with 22 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the medical staff at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Dr. Aguillard, Amedysis Hospice, Rachel Leonard, long time caretaker and friend, Lou Bertha Alexander and all who thoughtfully cared for and visited her during her years of home confinement. Mayola was a friend to all who knew her and always found a way to see the best in all people. She will be missed by all who love her so dearly. God blessed our family by allowing us to keep her on earth for 92 ½ years. Her earthly presence will be missed but she is now smiling again beside those who went before her. Maw Maw May really was and will always be "our sunshine". Sleep well until we meet again. Church Funeral Services in charge of arrangements. 225-644-9683, www.churchfuneralservices.com.