Sondra Bourque Hanks

RAYNE - Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 10 a.m. for Sondra Bourque Hanks, 68, who died Saturday, December 19, 2009 at her residence in Orange Beach, Ala.

Interment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery #2, Rayne.

Surviving are husband, Patrick Hanks, Sr. of Orange Beach, Ala.; four daughters, Rosalind Hanks Carroll of Annapolis, Md, Michelle LeMaire of Lafayette, Jennifer Hanks Faulk and husband Kenneth of Foley, Ala., Andrea Hanks Hodo and husband Steven of Orange Beach, Ala.; one son, Patrick Hanks, Jr. of Washington, D.C.; eight grandchildren, Joshua, Anne Marie, Benjamin, Katherine, Trenton, Jakob, Cydney, and Lainey; six cousins, Ethel Tweedel of Lewisburg, La., Rena Guiterrez of Lakeland, Fla., John Tweedel of Crowley, Gervin Tweedel of Lafayette, Jane Tweedel, of Ok., Kaye Burleigh of Livingston.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Cherise Hanks; and her parents, Leonard Bourque and Lilly Soonier Bourque.

She was born Saturday, March 8, 1941 in Welsh, the daughter of the late Leonard Bourque and the late Lilly Sonnier Bourque. She was married to Patrick Hanks for 48 years. She was a member of the Ladies Auxilary Society and Catholic Daughters of America. She was an active member of social services for St. Thomas by the Sea Catholic Church in Orange Beach, Ala. She had a passion for caring for her grandchildren. She was an active volunteer for an environmental group where she kept a vigilant watch over small sea turtle nests and assisted hatchlings make their way to the sea.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Research Hospital.

A rosary will be recited Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Gossen Funeral Home.

Friends will be received Tuesday, December 22, 2009 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Wednesday, December 24, 2009 from 8 a.m. until the time of service at Gossen Funeral Home, Inc., Rayne.

Friends may view the obituary and guestbook online at

Pallbearers will be Trenton Stafford, Benjamin Savoy, Joshua Savory, Jakob Faulk, Kenneth Faulk and Steven Hodo.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Gossen Funeral Home, Inc. of Rayne, (337) 334-3141.

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