Earline T. Broussard Bergeron Castille
Breaux Bridge – Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, at St. Bernard Catholic Church for Earline T. Broussard Bergeron Castille, 77, who died on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, at her residence.
Interment followed at Bergeron Oak Family Cemetery in Breaux Bridge.
Father Allen Breaux, associate pastor of St. Bernard Catholic Church, officiated at the funeral Mass assisted by Deacon Marcel “Butch” Hebert. The readers were Elaine Thibodeaux and Sheila Melancon. Gift bearers were her sister, Louella Blanchard, and sister-in-law, Velma Broussard. Music was provided by Pat Melancon and Karen Broussard.
Earline Broussard Bergeron Castille was born on Aug. 29, 1931, in Port Arthur, Texas, to Leoncia and Jules Donald Broussard. At the age of one, she and her parents moved to Breaux Bridge, where she was raised on the family farm. She helped her parents and six siblings plant and harvest several crops and even drove the farm tractor. Working alongside her sisters in the cotton fields, sometimes lagging behind them, she’d say “I’m never going to marry a farmer. Just wait, one day I’m going to drive a Cadillac.”
At the age of 19 she married Wilbert Bergeron from Breaux Bridge. He worked on the railroad and on the family dairy farm and later found work in the oilfield. Earline helped out at the dairy, milking cows, Borden’s Ice Cream Shop on Johnston Street, in Lafayette, and also worked for “Hadacol” as a secretary. Together they both saved enough money to buy a workover rig and started a business called Louisiana Well Service. She was the secretary, hot shot driver, and also the cook. Also on her plate was raising her four children, Gail, Ray, Darlene and Bonnie.
Wilbert and Earline loved to travel, joining a motorcycle club and traveling to several states on their bikes. She was also a jet-setter, seeing places like Hawaii, Jerusalem, Jamaica, Mexico, the Bahamas, Canada and Greece.
Their blissful 34-year marriage came to an end when Wilbert passed away in 1984 of bone cancer. She was a widow for three years until she met the second love of her life, Ames Castille. They married on her 56th birthday in 1987.
They too loved to travel and also enjoyed bowling, horse racing and watching football – Earline was a dedicated Saints fan. Earline and Ames were happily married for 21 years.
Even though she loved playing the slot machines, nothing was better to her than a game of Poverty Boureé with her husband, siblings and friends.
Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1995, Earline’s heart of gold and kind soul still showed through it all. She helped out many people throughout her lifetime, and it came back to her seven-fold. She was a kind and gentle woman and will be deeply missed by her family and all who loved her.
Survivors include her husband, John Ames Castille of Breaux Bridge; three daughters, Gail Guidry and her husband Melvin, Darlene Melancon and her husband Gary, and Bonnie Bergeron, all of Breaux Bridge; her daughter-in-law, Jeanne T. Bergeron of Breaux Bridge; two step sons, Johnny Castille and his wife Phyllis of Parks, and Kenneth Castille and his companion Cathy of Lafayette; one step daughter, Vycki Guidry of Breaux Bridge; one brother, Jules Donald Broussard of Breaux Bridge; three sisters, Gloria Brasseaux and Leatrice “Poupae” Charpentier of Breaux Bridge, and Louella Blanchard, of Parks; nine grandchildren, seven step grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and eight step great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jules and Leoncia Dupuis Broussard; her late husband, Wilbert Bergeron; her son, Ray Bergeron; one brother, Russell Broussard; one sister, Audrey T. Bergeron; and her grandson, Joey Ray Bergeron.
A rosary was recited by Deacon Marcel “Butch” Hebert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Pallbearers were her brother, Jules Donald Broussard, three grandsons, Ira Guidry, Ike Melancon and Heath Hebert, her step-son, Johnny Castille, and long time family friend, A. J. Domingue.
Honorary pallbearers were her two sons-in-law, Melvin Guidry and Gary Melancon, her grandson, Reese Hebert, and his father, Bill Hebert.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to her siblings for their constant love and support they showed throughout her illness, the Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels Program, and Caregiver Relief. Also, a very special thank you to Mrs. Joyce Ebow, Felicia Landry, Chassity Richard, Debra Maynard, Melissa Sam, as well as Southern Health Care, Jackie Olinger, R.N., Tracie Cooke, R.N., and her caregivers, Jean Roberts and Wanda Roberts; her social worker, Rachel Lacy, and chaplain, Ann Fritzgerald, for their wonderful service provided to her – they were all of our Angels.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial donations to be made to the St. Martin Parish Council on Aging, 511 Wild Cherry Lane, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517 or to Southern Care Hospice, 109 Abigalyle’s Row, Scott, LA 70583.
Pellerin Funeral Home of Breaux Bridge was in charge of arrangements.
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