Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!" – Hunter S. Thompson. What a ride it was for this amazing mother, loving wife, doting grandmother, and everyone's friend because of her contagious laugh and gift of gab. As was announced last year, Mary Helen Higdon Neck died on December 4, 2020 from complications after a long fight with and recovery from Covid-19. Because of the Covid pandemic at the time of her death, the family did not have a public funeral for Mary Helen. Now, on the one-year anniversary of her death, we invite family and friends to a Memorial Mass to say goodbye to Mary Helen, a woman we all love and miss so much. The Mass is Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 57805 Main St, Plaquemine, LA. Mary Helen, 80, born November 26, 1940, in Houma to Mary Ione Wilbert Higdon and William Brooks Higdon, who preceded her in death, spent her childhood in Plaquemine, LA, before moving to Baton Rouge and then spending the last 30 years of her life with her husband, Darrell Giddens, at their happy place on False River in Jarreau, LA. Mary Helen is survived by her husband, Darrell Giddens (85); children, Brent Neck of San Diego, CA, Chris Neck (spouse Jennifer) of Paradise Valley, AZ, and Heidi Neck (spouse Chris) of Arlington, MA; grandchildren, Ryan Neck, Bryton Neck, and GiGe Neck; siblings, William Brooks Higdon Jr., Johnny Higdon (spouse Polly); nephew, John "Rhory" Higdon (spouse Sheri); and nieces, Mary Higdon Brinkerhoff (spouse Robert), and Jeanne Higdon Cancienne (spouse Patrick). She is also survived by many wonderful relatives including her cherished aunt, Gloria Rivault Wilbert and cousin, Paula Wilbert. Further, she is survived by her beloved rescue cat, Prissy. Her 12-year career as a travel agent sparked a love for travel, but she was also a devout Catholic, entertainer, fighter, storyteller, cook, teacher, fisherwoman, homecoming queen, gambler, and super fan of the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints. She lived life to the fullest, her way, without regret, and often quoted Mae West saying, "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." Last year, Mary Helen was buried at Chenal Cemetery, very close to her beloved False River, at a beautiful service officiated by life-long friend, Father Donald Blanchard. Please share memories online at www.wilbertservices.com
Published by The Advocate from Nov. 25 to Dec. 4, 2021.