Jerelyn Fitzgerald Richard
1936 - 2020
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Jerelyn Fitzgerald Richard went to be with the Lord and her daughter Renee the morning of June 27, 2020. Jere, Mom, MeMaw Jere, Artist, Friend . . . remained active in serving the Lord until her last breath. Daily conversations with her husband of 60 years, Tom Richard, her beloved children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and foster children were always loving and punctuated with a reminder of how we 'should' be doing something 'more'. What echoed in her comments were the calls toward serving others. Jere spent her life engaged in family activities, advocating for the needy, actively promoting arts in the community, and pursuing a life with Christ through worshipping, teaching, and studying the word of the Lord. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Houma for 61 years. Always yearning to do more, Jere was and continues to be an inspiration to family and community. Born in Homer, LA, raised in Baton Rouge, LA, and a 61 year resident of Houma, LA, Jere is survived by her husband, Thomas Richard DVM, her children Lia Black & husband Terry Black, Allison LaCour & husband Edward LaCour, Thomas (Tinker) Richard, Jr., & wife Beth Richard, and Dale Richard & wife Kim Richard, fourteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and her sisters Ellen Roberts and Alee Magee. Jere is preceded in death by her parents, Archie Dale Fitzgerald and Evelyn Webb Fitzgerald, and her daughter Renee Richard. Family and friends are invited to visitation at First Baptist Church of Houma, located at 4863 West Park Avenue; beginning at 9:00 a.m. until service time, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Funeral Services will begin with a Celebration of her life at First Baptist Church of Houma starting at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow services in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery #2. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic; the family request mask to be worn to all services. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to First Baptist Church of Houma, Terrebonne Association of Retarded Citizens, or Terrebonne Fine Art Guild. Chauvin Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Jerelyn Fitzgerald Richard.

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Published in The Advocate from Jun. 29 to Jul. 3, 2020.
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22 entries
July 6, 2020
What an amazing woman! I remember her unwavering smile, her energy, the way she was with my children, her unyielding commitment to her family, God, and church. My sincerest condolences to Doc and her family.
Montez Anding Coyle
Friend
July 2, 2020
Bill and I are truly sorry for your loss. Jeri was always such a caring and giving person. We always enjoyed our conversations with her about her art and family. She will always be remembered fondly. May God bless each of you during this difficult time.
Bill & Lynn Ellzey
Bill and Lynn Ellzey
Friend
July 1, 2020
One of the most precious people I have ever known. What great memories I treasure growing up as neighbors and friends. So grateful for them all ... You will never be forgotten.
Mark Domangue
Neighbor
July 1, 2020
Hugs, prayers and deepest sympathies to Dr Tom and family.
June Breaux Babin
Friend
July 1, 2020
Sorry for your loss. We could not have had nicer neighbors. May you be comforted among all the mourners.
Harold Geiger
Neighbor
July 1, 2020
our deepest sympathy to Doc and the family. she will be missed and our prayers goes out to you all
Alan Knight
Friend
June 30, 2020
Mrs Jere will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She and Dr. Tom have been an instrumental part in my growth as a Christian and she has been an inspiring model of a faithful follower of Christ, loving wife and mother, trusted friend and teacher. I know that she is happy in the presence of our gracious Lord and Savior rejoicing with his heavenly choir. Though the void that has been created by her passing is vast I pray that Tom and Family will continue to be comforted in the knowledge that she is home in the loving arms of Jesus.
Alana Savoy
Friend
June 30, 2020
Dear Dear Jere! Your passing was so unexpected, leaving us in unbelief and sadness. Pray you are in the arms of your precious Renee! We will miss your uplifting and faith filled smile and conversations. Tom we send you and your family our love and deep condolences. May God hold you all close to His heart and give you solace. Rest In Peace Jere!
Gerald and Betty Porche
Friend
June 30, 2020
Such a sweet person. She will be missed at our Terrebonne Garden Club meetings
Sherri Labbe'
Friend
June 30, 2020
The world has lost one of kindest, loving, most giving souls. My prayers and thoughts to Tom, their children and grandchildren.
Camilla Drobish
Friend
June 30, 2020
We are so saddened by the loss of Jerelyn. She and Dr. Tom were so kind and gracious and welcoming to us. We have very fond memories of the fun, laughter and hospitality offered to us when we visited them.
We pray for peace, grace and strength during this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Tom and the entire family.

With deepest sympathy,
Talu and Lee Epps
Lee Epps
Friend
June 30, 2020
You will be missed by many including me you were my art teacher,mother in law,then friend I know Rene is happy to have her mom home
Melissa Hall
Friend
June 29, 2020
We will always remember Jere's inspiring "Grace before Meals", her warm hospitality, her delicious meals, her Christmas party speciality, our bi-weekly bridge games. Jere gave much of herself to others through her art, her art lessons, her work with TARC, work with Houses for Humanity and so many other endeavours. We'll miss our fun times with Jere. Love and prayers to the whole Richard family.
Glenny Lee Buquet
Friend
June 29, 2020
Sorry to hear about Mrs. Jere . I just saw the Facebook notice. Praying for you Mr. Tom and your family.
Joe Arnold
Friend
June 29, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Richard family...my love and prayers for each of you... Sabrina and Shawn Lemon
Sabrina Smith Lemon
Friend
June 29, 2020
I did not know Mrs. Jere that well as she is the mother of my precious sister-in-law, Lia....I only saw her at family
weddings but did talk with her at those functions & she was always such a delight , very sweet & outgoing....I enjoyed those visits with her...Being around Mrs. Jere, I could see where Lia got her sweetness, kindness & thoughtfulness from....My prayers are with all the family & know that God is watching over alll....much love to all..
Edward Fincher
June 29, 2020
I have such fond memories of Mrs. Jere, I have known her all my life. She was such a wonderful woman always doing something for someone else. She always had some kind of project going on. She had such a positive outlook and was encouraging to everyone. She was such a caring, loving lady and will be missed by so many friends and family.
Peggy Dugas
Friend
June 29, 2020
I will miss your beautiful soul and your smile my friend. You were such a giving person and always tried to help in any way you could. I am praying for you and your family. May you RIP in HIS arms and glory. Amen.
Darlene Eschete
Friend
June 29, 2020
The family is a great friend of mine about 45 years. She is very special person. She very sweet and kind.
Wade Price
Friend
June 28, 2020
Jeri was a generous person and a dear friend. I and several others will miss her at our art guild. She loved teaching children for so many years and shared her talent with countless people. My condolences to her family.
Karen Bordok
Friend
June 28, 2020
Dr Tom
I was so saddened to read about Jere-she was always such a bright light in Homemakers Club where I first met her and again to have our friendship renewed at the Senior Center exercise class.
I thank God that He had us cross paths and that we could enjoy each others company for the short time we had.
My deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.
Cathy Reid
Friend
June 28, 2020
We will always hold the memory of Mrs. Jeri in our hearts.
Praying for you all during this difficult time.

With Our deepest sympathy,
James And Mary Ray
Mary Ray
Acquaintance
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