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Current Obituaries

Obituaries from the May 16 paper.

Mary Adkins

Mary Lou Wansbrough Adkins, 92, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in a local care facility.

Mary Lou was the daughter of John Henry “Jack” and Bon Ami Williams Wansbrough. She was born on Mar. 19, 1927 in Los Angeles, Calif. The family relocated to Houston, Texas where she attended Hogg Junior High where she was a member of the 1940 Razorback Pep Squad. She graduated from John H. Reagan High School as a Reagan Red Coat in August 1943. She attended Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas and the University of Texas before beginning a family of her own.

The oil business soon relocated her to the west Texas town of Snyder in August of 1950. On the same day she arrived in the Pan American Company camp, a young engineer James Leon Adkins arrived at the same company camp. Their first date was to the Permian Basin Oil Show in 1950. Mary Lou and Lon were married in Houston in 1952. The oil business moved them around to Grand Chenier, back to Houston, Hackberry, and finally settled in Sulphur. Mary Lou was proud of the fact that the family stayed in one place long enough for all of her children to graduate from Sulphur High School.

Mary Lou was active in the Rose Club, a Charter Member of Bayou Oaks Country Club, an avid Bridge Player, and served in various roles with Holy Trinity and Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Churches.

She was fond of Sunday dinners with the family, time at the beach, bird-watching, tea parties, growing roses, and the never-ending yard work tending her wide variety of flowers, bulbs, ferns, and shrubs. Family gatherings were important to her and her favorite times were when the family could be together for meals or holiday celebrations.

Raising a family took her from her pursuit of a college degree which remained a life-long goal. When time permitted her to once again pursue her studies, she enrolled at McNeese State University and earned her degree in 1978. Her favorite college courses were related to her hobby of oil painting and she enjoyed her Art Classes at McNeese. The painting came easy to her, but making the frames gave her fits. Her home is decorated with many of her original paintings. Her favorite artist was Monet and her favorite colors were pink and green, including the pink trim of her house.

Mary Lou is survived by three of her children, Lea Langley, Debbie Moreno and her husband John, and Charlie Adkins and his wife Jackie. She is survived by four grandchildren, Shawnna Duplechian (Scott), Michael Aucoin (Katrina), Jeremy Adkins (Sarah) and Christie Webre (Ryan). She is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Shianne Fuslier, Grace Duplechian, Jack Adkins, Luke Adkins, Lyle Adkins, and Charlie Webre. In addition, she is survived by three adopted great-grandchildren, Baily Duplechian, Karly Duplechian, and Gabe Aucoin.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Bon Ami Wansbrough, and her brothers Robert and Richard Wansbrough. Also preceding her was her daughter, Dana Cheryl Campbell, and Lon Adkins, her husband of 54 years.

The family would like to express gratitude to the staff of the Lake Charles Care Center and Brighton Bridge Hospice for their care of Mary Lou.

A private family service will be held at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church with burial to follow in Mimosa Pines Cemetery South under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles.

The family encourages you to stop what you are doing one afternoon, sit down with a friend, and have a cup of tea in memory of Mary Lou. Be sure to wear the fanciest hat you can find.

If you choose, donations in Mary Lou’s memory may be made to St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 123 West Sale Road, Lake Charles LA 70605.

(Paid Memorial)

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Velma Picou

Velma Rogers "Kato" Picou, 93, of Cameron passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Velma was born Jan. 16, 1926 in Cameron.

Velma was a longtime member of Our Lady Star of Sea Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, Alter Society, Church Choir, Ladies Auxiliary, Eucharist Minister, Papal Medal Benemrenti of the Diocese of Lake Charles. She was also a volunteer and Board Member for the Council of Aging, and a host for the visiting queens for the Fur and Wildlife Festival and hosted the Audubon Society for many years.

Velma loved quilting, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles, find a word puzzles, traveling, and fishing. She especially loved spending time with family and friends.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are four children, Brenda Conner and husband, John of Dry Creek, Ramona "Suggie" Benoit and husband, Ronnie Dean of Iowa, Hayes "Pete" Picou, Jr. and wife, Mary of Lake Charles, and Ronnie "Deannie Bug" Picou and wife, Sharon of Grand Lake; 10 grandchildren: Sheila Conner, Donna Kay Quinn, Myron Dean Picou, April Simoneaux, Trey Picou, Adrienne Picou, Rodney Benoit, Michael Duhon, Ashley Picou, and Jameson Picou; 17 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Hayes P. Picou, Sr.; parents, Theodore "Dewey" Rogers and Ada Peshoff Rogers; two sisters, Ruby Hebert and Beatrice Richard Savoie; a brother, Charles "Buster" Rogers; granddaughter, Soundra Lee Conner; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held 2 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Our Lady Star of Sea Catholic Church in Cameron. Burial followed in the Our Lady Star of Sea Cemetery. Visitation was held from 3-9 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p.m. at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Visitation resumed from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Velma's family would like to say a special thank you to the staff of Grand Cove Nursing Home and Christus St. Patrick Hospice.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.JEHixson.com for the Picou family.

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Sherre Doland

It’s with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Sherre Lou Doland announces her passing from this life on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the age of 83.

Sherre was born in Goose Creek, Texas to Glenn Camp and Irene Portie Camp on Nov. 9, 1935. Sherre lived in Grand Chenier for over 30 years where she raised her family and worked in the family cattle business. She was currently residing in Hathaway.

Through the years, Sherre also worked as a custodian at Grand Lake High School, and a demonstration person at Sam’s Club in Lake Charles. Where she always said “they paid her to visit and feed people”. She gave 15 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Selective Service System. She was very active in promoting the cattle industry.

She was a member of the Cameron Parish Cowbells and the Louisiana Cattle Women Association where she served as President for both organizations, as well as serving on the State Board of Directors. Sherre also earned the recognition of being named as the Cameron Parish Cowbelle of the Year and the Louisiana Cattle Woman of the year.

She was a faithful member of the St. Eugene Catholic Church in Grand Chenier and the St. Lawrence Church in Hathaway. In her spare time she loved to travel, especially going on cruises, she enjoyed life to the fullest. Most of all Sherre loved her family, especially her grandkids and great-grandkids. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Sherre is survived by her son, David Glenn Doland (Melania) of Uvalde, Texas; her two daughters, Donna Doland Broussard (Randy) of Hathaway and Debra Doland Manuel (Mark) of Hathaway; her six grandchildren, Heather Broussard Cibula (Patrick), Keith Broussard (Jordan), Justin Doland (Jordan), Glenn Paul Manuel (Sammie), Blake Manuel (Lacey), and Clint Manuel (Christin); her four great-grandchildren; and her sister, Flossie Camp Vincent of Sulphur.

Sherre was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Irene Camp; her brother-in-law, Leo Vincent.

Funeral services for Sherre Lou Doland, 83 of Jennings, will be held at Matthews and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Jennings on Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m. with Father Charles McMillin officiating. Burial will follow in the Raymond-Hathaway Community Cemetery. Carrying Sherre to her final resting place will be her grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Matthews & Son Funeral Home in Jennings on Thursday, May 16, from 3 until 9 p.m. with a rosary reciting at 6:15 p.m. Visitation will resume on Friday, May 17, at 8 a.m. until the time of her service at 10 a.m.

To extend online condolences, visit our website at www.matthewsandsonfuneralhome.net

Arrangements have been entrusted to Matthews & Son Funeral Home in Jennings.

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