Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 23, 2014 at an 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church honoring the life of Mary Ann Peré Abshire, 83, a lifelong resident of Abbeville and a native of Kaplan, LA, who passed away on January 21, 2014 at the St. Joseph's Hospice Carpenter House in Baton Rouge, LA. She will be laid to rest at St. Paul Cemetery in Abbeville with Reverend Hampton Davis officiating the services. Mary was born December 30, 1930, in Cow Island, to Lucille Schexnayder and Mitford Peré. She was a graduate of Kaplan High School in 1948. She attended Southwest Louisiana Institute (now ULL). She worked in the Bookkeeping department at the Bank of Abbeville for 10 years, and then as the Bookkeeper for her husband's businesses. Having a lifelong love of music, she sang in the choir at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Abbeville for 31 years. She is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Alex Abshire; her parents, her stepfather, William Mouton; her brother, Ed Peré; and her grandson, Edwin Matthew Jumonville. She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Abshire Gerard and grandchildren, Emma and Samuel Gerard, and Wendy Abshire Jumonville, son-in-law Charles Jumonville, and grandchildren, Margaret and Ben Jumonville. Her final year was spent in Baton Rouge under the care of her daughter Wendy, and the staff at St. James Place and St. Clare Manor. Nana, as she was affectionately referred to by all who loved her, continued to share her gift of singing with her Baton Rouge friends. Thanks especially to the staff at The Carpenter House for their compassionate care of Nana as she made her journey home. The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Vincent Funeral Home - Abbeville, 209 S. St. Charles Street, on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.; Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. when the procession will depart for the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Mary Magdalen Music Ministry Fund, P.O. Box 1507, Abbeville, LA, 70511-1507 or The Carpenter House at St. Joseph Hospice, 10615 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA, 70809. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.vincent-abbeville.com. All funeral arrangements are being conducted by Vincent Funeral Home of Abbeville (337) 893-4661.
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Vincent Funeral Home - Abbeville
209 S.St. Charles Street
Abbeville, LA 70510
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2014