Obits - January 25


October 4, 1958 - January 21, 2009

MAMOU - Funeral services were held for Renee West, 50, of Ville Platte, the former Renee Soileau, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou at 1 p.m., Friday, January 23. Burial followed in the New St. Ann’s Cemetery.

A native of Mamou, Mrs. West died Wednesday, January 21, 2009, at her residence.

Survivors include her husband, Gorden Lee West of Ville Platte; her father and step-mother, Wilfred “Brud” Soileau Jamie Lynn Soileau of Mamou; her mother, Shelbur Young Manuel, both of Mamou; three adopted sons, John Fontenot of Colorado and Lee Fontenot and Shane Fontenot, both of Mamou; three adopted daughters, Mary Fontenot, Joy Fontenot and Emmy Fontenot, all of Mamou; three brothers, Jody Soileau and his wife, Veronica, of Mamou, Ryan Soileau and his wife, Lorilie, of Shreveport and Michael Soileau of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; three sisters, Rhonda Ardoin and her husband, Brent, and Elizabeth Mayeaux and her husband, Wesley, all of Mamou, and Tasha Sylvester and her husband, Richard, of Ville Platte; and 16 grandchildren.

Father Bryce Sibley officiated.

Family and friends may view the online obituary and/or sign the guestbook at

Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Mamou was in charge of arrangements.


September 18, 1921 - January 22, 2009

Funeral services will be held for Gilbert L. Fontenot Sr., 87, of Ville Platte, at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 2 p.m., today, January 25. Burial will follow in the M.B. Fontenot Cemetery.

Mr. Fontenot died at 9:11 p.m., Thursday, January 22, 2009, at Ville Platte Medical Center.

Survivors include two sons, Gilbert Fontenot Jr. of Ville Platte and Earl Ricky Fontenot of Michigan; one daughter, Rita Gayle Fontenot Chaffin of Pine Prairie; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Father Gene Tremie will officiate.

Condolences may be sent to

LaVille Funeral Home of Ville Platte will be in charge of arrangements.

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