Donna Raye Marie LaBauve Coupel

went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at the age of 70, at the Carpenter House in Baton Rouge. She was a native and resident of Brusly. Donna worked in Production Control at the State of Louisiana in DSS and DOTD and retired after 28 years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Brusly on Thursday, December 17, at 11 a.m., celebrated by Rev. Matthew Lorrain. Entombment will be in the church cemetery. Donna is survived by her husband of 48 years, Irving F. Coupel of Brusly; daughter and son-in-law, Marcie and Chris Buckle of Brusly; granddaughter, Sydnie Buckle; brother, Douglas LaBauve and wife Kim of Central; niece and nephew, Melissa Lapsley and Jesse LaBauve; in-laws, Lois and Warren Dugas, Helen and James E. Devillier, Estelle Blanchard, Loretta Coupel and their families. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Norwood and Myrtle White LaBauve; father and mother-in-law, Claude and Cecile Templet Coupel; brothers-in-law, Alvin and Bruce Coupel. Donna enjoyed traveling with her husband and in recent years participating in Jeep activities and trail rides with LA 4x4 of Baton Rouge and AWOL of Hammond. She enjoyed expressing her love for her family with her hands through cooking, baking and cross-stitching various items like birth samplers as gifts. She also was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Bereavement Committee. She was not a woman of many words and certainly not known for being the loudest person in the room. But her presence and involvement in the immediate and extended family was a constant, stable love which nourished and sustained the family. Her silence was not to be mistaken for weakness. She was a strong woman! Although her time on earth is what we consider too short, we take comfort in knowing her last almost three years as Sydnie’s Grammie were some of her happiest days. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association at (in message block, put Donna Coupel and Jeep Jaunt). Please share memories at

Rita Templet Bujol, 

a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend; passed away peacefully at Flannery Oaks on Friday, December 11, 2020 at the age of 98. She was a resident and native of Port Allen, LA. Due to the Covid pandemic there will be no public viewing. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated  at Holy Family Catholic Church on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 9 am, officiated by Father David Allen. Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park, Baton Rouge. She is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Bujol Eichelberger and husband Norman Dale, and Cindy Bujol Rollins; grandchildren, Cori Eichelberger Mendoza and husband Richard, and Kerry Eichelberger and wife Sarah; great grandson, James Carter Eichelberger; sisters, Norma Didier, Lou Didier and Deanie DeJean; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Roy S. Bujol; parents, Jules and Cleora Altazan Templet; siblings, Chloera Ritchie, Irene Baum, Edith Dugas, Richard, Wilfred, Jules “”Julio”” and Herbert “”Herk”” Templet. Rita enjoyed sewing and taking care of her yard. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to St. Jude, American Cancer Society or charity of your choice. Please share memories online at

Edward Dorsey

Edward Dorsey “B”/”Ed”, A native of Port Allen, LA, he passed away on Dec 5, 2020 at the age of 66. Arrangements are pending at Carney-Mackey Funeral Home. 225-774-0390.

Dorothy Stephens Morris

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me, the crown righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will reward to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8. Dorothy Stephens Morris, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and homemaker, passed away at The LaCour House in New Roads, at age 90. She spent her childhood in Maringouin, after getting married she moved to Chamberlain to raise her family, then moved to Port Allen. A private graveside service will be held at False River Memorial Park, conducted by Rev. Tommy Dillon. Dorothy is survived by her three children, Reba Donachricha and husband George, Jr., Robert Morris and wife Dale, and Keith E. Morris and wife Ronada; foster son, Floyd “Jr.” Beauvais; eight grandchildren, Amy Chambers, Carrie Donachricha, Makelle Pinsonat, Kristy Chase, Bobby Morris, Heath Morris, Joey Donachricha and Jordan Morris; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Morris; parents, Bob and Dina Elfors Stephens; two sisters, Betty Olinde and Bobbie Lard; and one brother, Fred Stephens. The family would like to thank her nieces, Patti Newson, Linda Rhea Robinson and Brenda Dugas for their constant love and attention while Dorothy was at the LaCour House. Special thanks to the staff at LaCour House for the kindness they showed to our loved one, especially to Kala Rogers, Julie Kimble and Pointe Coupee Hospice for the comfort and care they gave to our mother. Dorothy held a special place in her heart for the members of The Church of the Nativity in Rosedale and her dear friends, Linda Rachal, Mary Ann Hinchcliff, The Pirie Family, and The McDaniel Family. Memorial donations may be made to The Church of the Nativity, PO Box 195, Rosedale, LA 70772. Please share memories at

Evelyn Louise Offord (affectionately known as “Mondee or Momo”) was welcomed into the loving arms of God on the morning of December 2, 2020. Evelyn was a 68-year-old native of Port Allen, Louisiana, and a resident of Baker, Louisiana; she was also a long distance operator for South Central Bell (AT&T), where she retired in 1993. She is survived by her daughters, Erica D. Toussaint and Ebony D. Offord; a son-in-law, Louis Toussaint, Jr., intended son-in-law, Johnny Nguyen, a bonus son, Brian D. Hopkins, a godson, Randall Williams, Jr., three grandsons, Louis III, Jireh, and Dalton Toussaint, and one granddaughter, Brileigh J. Shaffett. She also leaves her sister, Verna M. Offord, a brother, Fred L. Offord, Jr., his wife Lucille, and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and loved ones to cherish her memory. Services were  Saturday, December 12, 2020, at Interdenominational Faith Assembly at 5045 Greenwell St., Baton Rouge, LA 70805. Public viewing 8am-10am. Religious services at 10am, closed to family only. Social distancing and masks strictly enforced.

Gladys Ruth Bellard Lee

Gladys Ruth Bellard Lee of Baton Rouge, LA transitioned on December 4, 2020 at The Crossing at Clarity Hospice of congestive heart failure. Gladys was born on November 3, 1938 to Felician and Eunice Babineaux Bellard in Opelousas, LA. Gladys married Oliver Lee, Jr. in 1971 and to that union one daughter, Tammy Marie was born. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Norma Jean Bellard Duell. Gladys leaves to mourn her daughter, Tammy (Thelonious Brown) of Addis, LA; one brother, JY (Clara) Bellard of Lake Charles, LA; one sister, Melba Bellard Venison of Baton Rouge, LA; two god-daughters, Paula Duell Northern of Cypress, TX and April Frazier of Baton Rouge, LA; former husband, Oliver Lee, Jr. and his wife Antoinette of Baton Rouge, LA; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and a special furry companion named Pepper. Service were held Friday morning, December 11, 2020 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on 1120 Myrtle Walk, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. Viewing  from 9-10, followed by the rosary at 10, and Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30.  A private burial followed for family members. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (1120 Myrtle Walk, Baton Rouge, LA 70802) or the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, 1150 S. 12th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. Professional services entrusted to Charles Mackey Funeral Home of Scotlandville.

Alice Fields Thomas

Celebration of Life Services for Alice Fields Thomas were held Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at the Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church Family Life Center, 9700 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge, LA. A public viewing was held from 8am to 10am. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, the family will hold a private celebration later. Alice was the second of eight children born to the union of the late Reverend Dennis Butler, Sr. and Hattie Griffin Butler in Chamberlin, LA on December 1, 1933. With her family by her side, she had a peaceful transition on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center at the age of 87. Alice spent her early years in Chamberlin, LA, then moved to Bueche, LA where she married Isadore Fields, Sr. To this union, ten children were born. After the untimely death of her husband, she later married William Thomas, Sr., who was the father of eight children. She was adored by all of her children, grandchildren and even, great grandchildren. Her legacy was her strong faith in God and her family. She was a faithful and devoted member of the Greater Beulah Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend Michael D. Mallet. Gathering her family for food, fun and fellowship gave her no greater joy. She leaves to cherish her memories all ten of her children: Mary, Barbara (Henry), Isadore, Willie, Donald (Roslyn), Betty, Cleo (Debra), Raymond, Darlene, and Wilson; four children from her blended family, Theresa, Betty, William, Jr. (Debra), and Charity; four sisters, Ida Mae Jack, Dorothy Mae Kendrick, Willie Mae Scott, and Theresa Butler; 20 grandchildren, 15 blended grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 12 blended great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Davis & Son Funeral Service, LLC.

Wilma L. Brown (Spriggs)

a resident of Baton Rouge, La. was born November 16, 1931, in Port Allen to the parents of Willie Sr. and Mary Adams Spriggs. She was a faithful member of McKowen Baptist Church for 65 yrs and served as President of the usher board. Her life’s work was cooking, feeding, serving family, church community and caregiver to the Haygood Family of B R, LA. She departed life on December 9, 2020 at the age of 89. Most affectionately known as “MaMe” survived by her children Lois, Cheryl, Mary, Marsha (Kevin) and Myra Brown. She leaves to mourn sister-in-law Mattie Lecoq of New Orleans, La., a host of grands, (greats), nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd B. Brown, parents Willie Sr. and Mary Spriggs and daughter Deborah Brown Lee.

Donald R. “Duck” Matthews ,

age 66 of Erwinville, La, passed away December 7,2020. He is survived by his sister Joyce Juge, brother Jerome Matthews (Victoria) and his sister-in-law Delores (Lionell) Matthews, daughters Skeka (Joel) Hogan of Brusly and DeLana Matthews of Baton Rouge, sons Danny Matthews and Brian Perkins (Angel) of Baton Rouge, 13 grand kids, 1 great grand and a host of nieces and nephews. Public Viewing was Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 1160 Louisiana Ave. Port Allen From 3-5 pm. Due to Covid-19 guidelines a private family service for Donald Matthews will be held and burial at St. Peter’s Baptist Church Cemetery.

Birdie Broussard Verrett,

and Savior on Saturday, December 12, 2020; our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother earned her angel wings with her family by her side at the age of 82. She was a resident of Brusly and native of Lyons Point, LA. Birdie was a dedicated homemaker in her early years and later became a Tax Auditor with the LA Department of Revenue where she retired. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Brusly at 11 am, celebrated by Father Matt Lorrain. Interment  followed at Hanks Cemetery, Morse, LA. She is survived by her children, Terry Vincent, Loretta Vincent Bertrand, Carolyn Sue Vincent Kahl, Peggy Vincent Fairchild and husband Alvin, Jr., Lisa Vincent Cazes and Mary Vincent Thibodeaux and husband Jamie; sixteen grandchildren; twenty nine great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; two step great grandchildren; sister, Barbara Broussard Leleux; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by Anatole Vincent; Richard Verrett; her parents, John and Eties Thibodeaux Broussard; and sister, Jeanelle Brossard Beard. Pallbearers were Burke Fiscus, Jeffrey Kahl, Anatole Vincent, II, Achille Fairchild, Dustin Thibodeaux, Jacob Chelette, Noah Trichell, Shawn Tirchell, Josh Gautreaux and Brian Stocking. Birdie was a proud Cajun woman that loved to prepared meals for her family and friends. She was very passionate about her flowers and maintained a beautiful yard. Birdie enjoyed spending time on her patio admiring many different breeds of birds. She loved bowling and competed in many tournaments over the years. Birdie was a fan of many sports and was an avid Saints and LSU fan. She was a very strong woman who had to overcome many obstacles in her life and never lost her faith. Birdie was a devoted Catholic and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Brusly. Her family has a lot of wonderful memories that they will cherish forever, she is gone but will never be forgotten. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Brusly Bereavement Committee. Please share memories online at

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