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THE POST-SIGNAL / Danette Bourque
Carole Hoffpauir Martin will be crowned the 55th Golden Age Queen at tonight’s Rice City Golden Age Club’s Coronation Ball.

Martin is 55th Golden Age Queen

At tonight’s annual Rice City Golden Age Club Coronation Ball Carole Hoffpauir Martin will begin her reign as the 55th Golden Age Queen.
The ball will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the International Rice Festival Building.
Martin was born to Wilton and Doris Monceaux Hoffpauir on Dec. 16, 1950, and she graduated from Crowley High School in May of 1968.
After graduation, she went on to La. Technical School, where she took secretarial courses. On the day of her 18th birthday, she went to work for Dr. Martin Samson as his receptionist.
While employed there, she was introduced to Johnny Martin, the single son of Dr. Samson’s nurse, and the two started dating. They were wed on June 20, 1970, and had been married for 42 years when Johnny died in 2012.
Martin is the mother of three children, Stephanie Martin Landry, Gretchen Martin Cormier and Chad Martin. She has five grandchildren, Jordan Landry, Alexandra Martin, Jillian Martin, Joshua Cormier II and Kate Martin, and one great-grandchild, Annabella Landry.
Martin worked many years for several doctors in Crowley, including Dr. Joe B. Holden, Dr. Cason delaHoussaye, Dr. Michael Melanson, Dr. Lawrence Gardiner and Dr. Mohamad Masri.
Now retired, she loves to travel and be with friends. She is a member of Les Dames Acadienne and attends Forest Park Church of Christ, where she is active in the Senior Group and Sisters in Christ. She is also a member of the Rice City Golden Age Club.
Martin feels “very honored and blessed” to be chosen as the 55th Golden Age Queen.
Her escort for the evening will be Kirk Hoffpauir.
Her court will include First Maid Stella Guidry, escorted by Warren Guidry; Second Maid Grace Ann Calandra, escorted by Joseph John Foytlin; and Third Maid Winna Lavergne, escorted by Leonard Boudreaux.
Music will be provided by the Bayou Beats Band.
Admission to the ball is $5, with children under 6 free.
The International Rice Festival Building is located at 717 W. Mill St.

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