Denice Mary Mayer Cyrex Ducote

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Ourso Funeral Home
13533 Airline Highway
Gonzales, LA

Denice Mary Mayer Cyrex Ducote passed away peacefully at Clarity Hospice of Baton Rouge on February 27, 2017 after a courageous, yearlong battle with cancer. Denice is survived by her loving husband, William (Billy) Ducote, of 15 years; her father, Jacob John Mayer; her daughters, Amy Cyrex Sins (George), Aaron Cyrex Duplantis (Paul), Laura Cyrex Moore (Tim), Susan Cyrex Poche (Ray) and Randee Cyrex Joffrion (Steve); her siblings Karen Mayer Dwyer (Carlos Valdatta), Grace Mayer Kee, John Mayer (Liz) and George Mayer (Kat); her grandchildren, Seth Joffrion, Emily Chitty, James Poche, Cori Joffrion, and Katherine Poche; and great granddaughter, Laney Joffrion. Her mother, Grace Murray Mayer, her brother Thomas (Tommy, "Tom") Mayer, and her husband Douglas Richard (Doug) Cyrex precede her in death. Denice was born August 24, 1950 in New Orleans, LA and is a graduate of Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, and Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA. After graduation, Denice became a dedicated teacher at Ascension Catholic in Donaldsonville, LA and retired from St. Amant High School in St. Amant, LA. Denice was a wonderfully talented artist, serving on the River Road Show Committee for Louisiana Art and Artists' Guild for many years. Last year Denice achieved signature membership status in the Louisiana Watercolor Society. Her paintings brought beauty to all, but she brought a special joy to those close to her who were blessed with a painting of their pet, loved one or a meaningful and touching scene. Denice was a beloved employee of Painting and Pinot, where she combined her love of art with her gift of teaching, helping her clients and friends "find their inner artist". Denice spent her free time traveling the world and enjoying new adventures, making friends everywhere she went. She traveled extensively after her initial diagnosis (spiritedly calling it her "adventure therapy"), visiting Las Vegas, Sedona, the Grand Canyon, St. Louis, Orange Beach, Budapest, Hungary (one of her new favorite places) and Paris, Chantilly and Honfleur, France. But Denice saved her greatest passion for her family, especially her husband and five loving daughters, all of whom were by her side at one point or another during her final hours. Visitation will be Thursday March 2nd at St. John Evangelist Catholic Church in Prairieville, from 9:30am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am officiated by Fr. Donald Blanchard, with burial to follow at Prairieville Community Cemetery under the direction of Ourso Funeral Home of Gonzales. Friends who are not able to attend can leave words of condolences at In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate your sending donations to the Denice Cyrex Ducote Art Scholarship Fund of Loyola University of New Orleans (
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