Emma Lou Latiolais Bourque

Catahoula – Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at St. Rita Catholic Church for Emma Lou Latiolais Bourque, 86, who passed away on Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette.

Interment followed at Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery.

Rev. Fr. Donald Pelous, pastor of St. Rita Catholic Church, officiated at the funeral Mass. Altar servers were Morgan Laviolette and Jonathan Lavergne. Readers were Carey Lavergne and Felicia Kerne. Gift bearers were Cathryn Henry, Ana Alexandrescu and Emily Lavergne.

Emma was an avid gardener. She was a CCD co-organizer, a member of the Home Demonstration, St. Rita’s Altar Society and choir. She was a co-founder of the Mardi Gras Carnival in Catahoula. Emma was the first teller at St. Martin Bank, Catahoula Branch, and a tour guide at Longfellow-Evangeline State Park. She was an Avon representative and loved people.

Survivors include her son, Warren “Johnny” Bourque and his wife Maxine of St. Martinville; her daughter, Patsy Blanchard and her husband Marshall of Catahoula; her brother, Chester Latiolais of Catahoula; her sisters, Elise Champagne of Cypress Island and Ella Mae Latiolais of Catahoula; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Percy Bourque; her parents, Angest and Felicia Courville Latiolais; and her sister, Polly Guidry. A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Pallbearers were Bart Blanchard, Colby Bourque, Jake Bourque, Jonathan Bourque, Joseph Bourque and Jordan Laviolette.

Honorary pallbearers were Cade Henry, Alec Laviolette and Josh Henry.

Pellerin Funeral Home ws in charge of arrangements.

To view on-line obituary, sign guestbook and view video tribute, go to www.pellerinfuneralhome.com.

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