Opelousas - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church for Velma Soileau Thibodeaux, age 92, who passed away Saturday morning, November 4, 2017 at Courtyard Retirement and Assisted Living. Reverend Monsignor Keith DeRouen will celebrate the Mass. Rite of Committal and Burial will be held at Bellevue Memorial Park in Opelousas, Louisiana.
Velma was a devout Catholic and a longtime parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church. She honored the Blessed Mother by praying the Rosary daily. Velma worked as a telephone operator for Bell South Telephone Company for 18 years. She loved gardening, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she was a long-time member of the Opelousas Garden Club. She also loved shopping excursions and finding bargains. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her five children, Jo Ann Cortez and husband, Glenn of Opelousas, Louisiana; Peggy Bradford and husband, Leroy Hotaling of Coppell, Texas; Timothy Thibodeaux and wife, Alina of Church Point, Louisiana; Gary Thibodeaux and wife, Missy of Opelousas, Louisiana; and Barney Thibodeaux and wife, Sandy of Lewisville, Texas.
She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Glenn David Cortez, junior and wife, Elisabeth; Christopher Chad Cortez; Alisha Cortez Higgins and husband, Scott; Ryan Bradford; Rachel Bradford Higgs; Nicholas Thibodeaux; Katie Thibodeaux Jeffers and husband, Brandon; Allison Thibodeaux Babineaux and husband, Russell; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Burke Soileau and wife, Barbara; and one sister, Gayle Soileau and husband, Charles.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Percy Thibodeaux; her parents, Claude and Anna Soileau; her sister, Betty Valin; and her grandson, Jude David Cortez.
Visitation will be held at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. A Rosary will be prayed at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon by Monsignor Keith DeRouen at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Courtyard Retirement and Assisted Living for the compassionate care our mother received.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, Louisiana 70570 (337)-942-2638 has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Dear Thibodeauxs (JoAnn and Barnie), I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss your Mother very much. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I do not know if I did not read the obituary correctly but I was prepared to attend the rosary and funeral services at 9:00 today. I thought the services were today (Thursday). I am so sorry I missed them. Again, please know I am praying for you.
Pat RabalaisOpelousas, LA
My thoughts and prayers are with you.May GOD continue to bless your family.Love, Melvia Daniels
Melvia DanielsOpelousas, LA
Rest in Peace sweet Lady and tell everyone hello in Heaven.
Mitchel WhiteDripping Springs, TX
My sympathy to you Jooann & the Thibdeaux family the loss of your Mother Mrs Velma Thibdeaux ,🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 RIP
Joyce C. BrasseauxSunset, LA
The world has lost an angel on earth, but we know she is dancing with Percy and watching down on all her loved ones. We loved Velma so much and enjoyed her company every chance we could. She is going to really be missed but we have sweet memories to look back on. Rest dear sweet Velma.
Ron and Barbara
Ron and Barbara JenningsCoppell, TX
My condolences for the loss of your mother and my aunt!
God has welcomed her home.
My prayers are offered for you.
I am sorry that I will be out of state on Wednesday.
Terry CormierBaton Rouge, LA
We wish to express our deepest sympathy to your family and friends on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Blanco, Enola, Tony and May Rose BourgeoisLake Charles,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Peace.
Jerry and Sharon LeynesJacksonville, FL
Dearest Gayle, I am so sorry for the passing of your beautiful sister. I wish you peace and happy memories of her. Sincerely, Amzi
Amzi CollinsLake Charles, LA
Sending our condolences to your family. So sorry for your loss sending prayers of comfort for the family.
Karen & Van ChristianOpelousas, LA
I’m so sorry for the loss of Aunt Velma. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of sadness
Cherry mossSilsbee, TX
Barney, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers tonight.
Debbie VenableGrapevine, TX
I’m so very sorry for the loss of Mrs. Velma. I’m sure you all will miss her dearly. May God Bless all of you.
Betsy BenoitLafayette, LA
My Prays for Velma & sending my thoughts and prays for her family !
My prayers are with you and your family. She is now at peace
Monette Gerace, LA
Our prayers to all the family, Velma was a very sweet and loveable lady she will be missed, God Bless, we are so sorry for your loss
Chris & Yvette DohmannMorgan City, LA
Pauline Ellison SmithKountze, TX