Joyce Rayne Hernandez, a lifelong resident of Plaquemine, passed away at home Monday, October 11, 2021, at the age of 93. Visitation will be at Wilbert Funeral Home in Plaquemine, Wednesday, October 13 from 4 pm until 7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Plaquemine, Thursday, October 14 at 10 am. Burial in Grace Memorial Park. Joyce was born in Plaquemine on January 14, 1928 to Henry and Lucille Songy Rayne, the baby in a family of 10 children. She married Chester Paul Hernandez on December 26, 1949, a union that would last more than 60 years, until his death in 2010. Joyce was a graduate of Plaquemine High School. She first worked for Kaiser Aluminum in Baton Rouge, retiring in 1964 when her oldest child Paula was born. She returned to work at Georgia Pacific in Plaquemine after her daughter Ann was born and continued to work for Georgia Pacific/Georgia Gulf until her second retirement in 1994. Joyce devoted her entire life to her family and church. She was a devout Catholic, daily mass attendee for many years and always had a rosary within reach. Joyce used her sewing talents to make prayer blankets and baptismal bibs for St. John Church. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters, the Altar Society and for many years, made sure the altar linens were immaculately cleaned and ironed. Over the years, she helped as needed at the church office, assisted with the School Uniform Drive, made rosaries, gave her time to cleaning the church and Perpetual Adoration. Some knew her as Joyce. To others she was Aunt Joyce, Ms. Joyce or Monkey. She was Mama Joyce to many of our friends and family and Maw to her grandchildren. Joyce was the matriarch of the Rayne family. Her home was the place for all family gatherings and she loved nothing more than sitting around the table after dinner, laughing and sharing stories both old and new. She loved animals (especially cats), classic country music, Raising Canes, boiled crabs, crawfish etouffee, hamburgers, fried fish, Engelbert Humperdinck, jigsaw puzzles and Gunsmoke. She loved to crochet and was a wonderful seamstress. Many friends and family received the baby blankets she made when they welcomed newborns home. Joyce was an excellent cook and taught us the secrets of her crawfish bisque and meat pies. For many years, she played Pokeno with her group of friends and was a long-time member of the Plaquemine Garden Club. Joyce loved to chit-chat on the phone and "run the road", both traits from the Songy side of her family. Joyce and Chester enjoyed road trips, whether it was across the country or as close as Thibodaux. In her later years, she became a frequent flyer to visit family in California. Joyce is survived by her two daughters and their families: Paula and husband Bobby Pitre and their children, Christopher, wife Devonie and Baby Pitre due in January and Kellie and Hunter Acosta; Ann and husband Ty Devillier and their children, Rebecca and husband Francisco Gonzalez and Nicholas Devillier. She is also survived by a niece and nephew who were raised as her own, Celeste Rayne Scott and husband A.C. and their daughter Andi Zachary and husband Jason and daughter Ava; Henry and wife Joy Rayne and his daughter Holly and grandchild Madeline. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. Joyce was preceded in death by husband Chester, her parents and nine brothers and sisters: Marcel, Elmo, N.F. "Pap", H.M. "Junior" and Roger Rayne, Laurence "Sis" Rayne Lorio, Edmonde "Dee" Rayne Robert, Theresa "Bee" Rayne Hill and infant brother Daniel. Our family would like to thank Dot Griffon who was her regular Wednesday visitor, Comfort Care Hospice and their staff for the excellent care given to our Mama. Total Live In Care allowed us to keep Mama in her home. Thank you to all her past caregivers, especially Angela Coon, Delilah Bozeman and Marie Poston who loved our Mama like their own. Memorial donations may be made to St. John Catholic School Continue the Legacy Campaign, 58725 Osage Avenue, Plaquemine, LA 70764 or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 57805 Main Street, Plaquemine, LA 70764.
Published by The Advocate from Oct. 12 to Oct. 14, 2021.