Genevieve Judice Didier DeWitt passed away at her home in Baton Rouge, LA, on Monday, June 9, 2014, at 11:45 p.m. She was born on October 21, 1925, in Lafayette, LA. A graduate and Valedictorian of Mt. Carmel High with Alliance Franco Louisianaise in 1942, she earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1945 (SLI). She is survived by sons Clyde P. Didier, Jr. and wife Debra Dial; Daryl J. Didier and wife Carolyn Breaux; David T. Didier; and Brian I. Didier and wife Rebecca. Daughters Edith D. Mitchell; and Genedi D. Shamburger and husband Steve and 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, a brother; James Judice of Lafayette, LA, a sister; Doris Judice Knobloch of Houston, TX. Preceded in death by her first husband, Clyde Pilcher Didier Sr.; second husband Robert Eugene ""Amigo"" DeWitt; a son Gary Matthew Didier; grandson Clyde Pilcher Didier III; parents Valsin Judice and Lucy Hernandez Judice of Lafayette, LA. Genevieve was a gracious, gentle woman whose life spanned decades of both hardship and victory. She was from the generation who suffered the Great Depression only to be followed by the struggles of World War II. Two men loved Genevieve: the first was the father of her seven children; the second inspired her creative soul. She was a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church where she served many years as a Eucharistic Minister and Court Divine Mercy Catholic Daughters. She was former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she raised her children and also served as a Eucharist Minister. Past President of Sacred Heart Parish Council, interviewer for SHC Food Pantry 1987-92, volunteer secretary for SHC, and Past Regent of Catholic Daughters Cor Jesu 1988-92. Genevieve was an accomplished, published poet selected as Poet Laureate of Louisiana 1996-97, served as Past President of BR Chapter LA State Poetry 1991-95, Poet Laureate LA State Poetry Society 1996-98, LSPS Court of the Laureates, and President of Pelican Poets Chapter of LSPS. She was a member of Canary Islanders Heritage Society of LA, Amie Des Écrivains De Langue Française, National Federation of State Poetry Societies and also served as Past President and Poet Laureate of the UDC Joanna Waddill Chapter 1994-96. Pallbearers will be grandsons Joey Canella, Michael Flanakin, Brandon Didier, Johnathan Didier, Christian Shamburger and son-in-law Steve Shamburger. Visitation will be on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 15615 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge LA, from 8:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Fr. Philip Spano presiding, with interment at Greenoaks Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the
of Greater Baton Rouge. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Joseph Hospice and sitter Terrica Tate for their loving compassionate care of our loved one and all of her big family. Please sign our online registry at www.rabenhorst.com.