On July 24, 2021, Mary Alice Aucoin Fontenot departed this world after a lengthy illness. Mary was born on April 15, 1938 in Chataignier, LA to Gilbert Aucoin and Carrie Billeaudeau Aucoin. Due to COVID, a private family funeral and burial was held on July 27. All are invited to a memorial service for Mary at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte, LA at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 9. Visitation with family prior to the memorial service will commence at 9:30 a.m. at the church. Mary grew up in Ville Platte, where she attended Sacred Heart School. She graduated as valedictorian of her class, and developed a passion and love for Sacred Heart Church and School that continued throughout her life. She attended LSU where she met and married the love of her life and husband of 63 years, Leonard Glynn Fontenot. They graduated from LSU on the same day when she earned a degree in Science Education. Mary is survived by her beloved husband, Leonard Glynn Fontenot, her children Paula F. Babin (Russell), Glynn (Georgette), Bill (Michele), and Richard (Beth) Fontenot. She is survived by 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Gilbert Wayne "Winky" Aucoin and wife Margaret "Chicken," and is predeceased by her parents Gilbert and Carrie Aucoin and a brother Preston. At age 12, she was a proficient pianist, accompanying vocalists at various events. Mary also sang in the choir and played the organ at Sacred Heart Church, and taught science and religion at Sacred Heart School for many years. After retirement, Mary and Leonard travelled across the US and abroad. Other favorite activities included sewing, gardening, and Cajun dancing. In addition to Sacred Heart Church and School, Mary was active in Beta Sigma Pi sorority and the Evangeline Parish Tourism Committee. She was honored as Ville Platte Woman of the Year in 1970. For contributions to the Cotton Festival, she and Leonard were recognized as Monsieur and Madame Coton, and they were later recognized as Evangeline Parish Leaders in Philanthropy in 2018. Mary lived life to its fullest with much joie de vivre! Her priorities were faith, family, friends and fun! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Sacred Heart School Foundation in Ville Platte, LA via their website at shsvp.com
Published by The Advocate from Oct. 1 to Oct. 9, 2021.