Imogene Dunphy Lacour
It is with great sadness that the family of Imogene Dunphy LaCour, 90, announces her death following a brief illness. Imogene was being lovingly cared for by family members in her daughter’s home, and was surrounded by their love when she passed away on the evening of July 1, 2014.
Imogene was a first-generation Irish-American. Her father, Frank R. Dunphy, emigrated from Ireland to LaPorte, Indiana. He married Safronia Manning, from Foley, Alabama, and the two started a family and moved to Crowley where Imogene was born on Dec. 11, 1923. She was the youngest child and only daughter of the Dunphy clan. Imogene graduated from Crowley High School in 1941. There, she was a cheerleader, and she continued to cheer throughout her life for her beloved family, faith and community.
Imogene worked at the ration board during World War II. She went on to work in the Acadia Parish Clerk’s Office as a deputy clerk of court for nearly 30 years, using her experiences there as the basis for her popular Crowley Post-Herald column, “Court House Chatter.” Later she worked part-time for Rep. Donald Thibodeaux.
An active volunteer in the community, Imogene served at Miss Helen’s Soup Kitchen and was a Pink Lady at the American Legion Hospital for 22 years. She was also very involved in the Crowley Garden Club, having served as vice president and as chaplain, as well as a longtime member of the Three-Ten Club.
Imogene was a faithful parishioner of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and attended Mass daily. She served as the head of the church’s reception committee, sat on the bereavement and decorating committees and was a member of the Ladies Altar Society and the St. Anne Adoration Society. In past years she served as a Eucharistic Minister to shut-in parishioners and was a faithful participant at her beloved Tuesday morning Rosary group.
As a member of the Crowley Art Association and The Gallery, Imogene was honored at the “Women of Acadiana” gala, along with 18 others, for their contributions to the arts and the community, as well as their devotion to social and civic service.
Although she was born and raised in Crowley and always called Crowley “home,” Imogene loved the beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama, her mother’s home place and her summer refuge.
Imogene’s charm, joyful spirit, positive attitude, wonderful wit and deep faith have been a blessing to her family and many friends who will miss her greatly and long remember her.
Imogene is survived by her daughter, Patti Lynne Richard, and son-in-law, Dr. Carl Richard; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter: Craig Stephen Henry, wife Tammy, and their children Amanda, Cole, Liam and Zane of Union, Kentucky; Craig’s oldest son, Stephen Gardner and his daughter, Annalea, of Montvale, New Jersey; Patrick Shane Henry of Crowley; John M. Henry, wife Anita, and their children Hunter and Faith of Austin, Texas; and Josie Richard of Lafayette.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank R. Dunphy and Safronia Manning Dunphy; her three brothers, Allie, Earl and Orville Lee Dunphy; and her former spouse, Martin Petitjean LaCour.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Crowley. Fr. Mikel Polson, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, will be officiating for the services, with Deacon Rodless Leleux assisting. The family is requesting visiting hours to be held Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Friday. Interment will be in the Woodlawn Mausoleum.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Craig Stephen Henry, Patrick Shane Henry, John M. Henry, Stephen Gardner and Hunter Henry; and nephews, Terry Dunphy, Grover Dunphy, Robert Dunphy and Frank Dunphy.
The family of Imogene would like to express their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of Acadia General Hospital, Family Choice Care Hospice and Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home for their compassionate care and service. They would also like to express their appreciation to this community, friends, Fr. Mikel Polson and Fr. Mark Miley during the time of her illness.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may made in her name to St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and/or St. Jude Children Hospital.
Condolences may be sent to the family by www.geesey-ferguson.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home of Crowley.