Velma Bourgeois Samson, 87, a native of Norco, LA and a resident of Prairieville, LA passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, February 10, 2013. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Velma was a woman of faith, a caregiver to many and above all else dedicated to her family. She was a graduate of Destrehan High School and Spencer Business College in Baton Rouge. She was a member of the Baton Rouge Business and Professional Women's Club of Louisiana, a longtime member of St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church and a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A gifted orator and music lover, Velma was always ready to help family and friends in a moment of need. She is survived by her children: Diane Samson Triche and Dr. Charles W. Triche III, Lillian Samson Guitreau and husband Richard, Janet Lorena and husband Tony, and JD Samson Jr.; grandchildren: Charles Walter Triche IV, Amy and Ryan Guitreau, Elizabeth Triche Branagan, Nicole Samson Snelling, Adam Joseph Samson, and Lee Michael Lorena; great grandchildren: Anthony, Chuck, Julian, Seth, Tayler, Riley, Jackson, Reed, and Keneddie; and sister Barbara Ackerman. Velma is preceded in death by her husband Joseph Dona Samson Sr.; parents Arthur and Louise Bourgeois; brothers: Murphy, Clifford, Clarence, Arthur, and Carl Bourgeois; sisters: Bertha Daigle, Lena Marroy, Inez Burns, and Rose Marie Bourgeois; and daughter-in-law Karen Theriot Samson. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 5pm until 9pm and continuing at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Prairieville on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 10am until mass at 11:30am. Interment will follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Richard Guitreau, Tony Lorena, Charles W. Triche IV, Ryan John Guitreau, Adam Joseph Samson, and Lee Michael Lorena. The family would like to thank the Ascension Parish Council on Aging, LifeSource Hospice and their staff, and most especially her loving and dedicated caregivers Sherlly Johnson, Victoria Freneaux and Vonda James.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14, 2013