Wilma Theresa Haydell Dwyer
1931 - 2022
Wilma Theresa Haydell Dwyer, a lifelong resident of Louisiana, entered the loving arms of Jesus Christ on Monday, January 10, 2022, with her daughter by her side. She was born on October 9, 1931 in Plaquemine, Louisiana and we were blessed to celebrate her 90th birthday this past October. Her childhood was spent in Plaquemine, but by high school her family moved to Baton Rouge. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in 1948, and then attended secretarial school and enjoyed working for several years at Standard Oil. In 1954 she met Daniel K. Dwyer and they married in 1955. They began their married life in Kenner, but a few years later returned to Baton Rouge, where their family grew to include six children. We have so many vivid and wonderful memories of our mother. She loved each of us, and the older ones have beautiful memories of her rocking and singing to the babies as they turned into toddlers. She allowed us to bring dogs and cats and one year even chickens into our loud and kid-filled home even though she did not really like animals. She loved music and old movies – especially old scary movies - and each of us can probably name our favorite movie that we watched with her. Some of us love scary movies to this day! She also loved garlic, music boxes, and porcelain dolls (just ask her granddaughters). She was as fierce in her love for us as she was in the strength she showed when faced with providing for us. She always managed to feed her hungry crew even when the pantry was bare, and she re-entered the workforce after being at home for 25 years in order to provide for herself and those of us still living at home. As we began having children of our own, Maw-Maw was always available to rock and sing to her ten grandchildren. She loved sharing stories of her children as they were growing up with her grandchildren. As one of her Grandchildren said "She is 'The Mother of Them All!'" We were blessed to have had her in our lives for as long as we did. Mom was preceded in death by her mother and father, Gladys Silmon Haydell and Joseph Wilton Haydell, and her sister, Lou Ann Haydell Olinde. She is survived by her brother, John Brent Haydell, Sr. She leaves behind her love in the hearts and minds of her children and their spouses: Daniel K. Dwyer, Jr. (Lynn), Sheila Bridget Dwyer, Robyn Jayne Verbois (Keith), Katherine Mary Ogden (Scott), Nancy Susan McCaa (Jay), and Wilton Keith Dwyer (Michelle). Those grandchildren she loved to rock and sing to and their spouses include: Kristen Dwyer Marsh (Ken), Ryan Dwyer (Anna), Dillon Lamartiniere (Aeda), Caleb Verbois (Rachel), Jared Verbois (Alexis), Michael Scott Ogden, Jr., Olivia Ogden, Kaci McCaa Falk (Jason), Jennifer McCaa, and Chase Croy. Her Sixteen great grandchildren include: Will, Jack, and Maggie Marsh, Molly and Corbin Dwyer, Arman Lamartiniere, Katie, Elise, and Peter Verbois, Emma, JJ, Olivia and Aubrey Falk, and Tinleigh McCaa and Stella McCaa-Munoz. We would like to thank the staff, nurses, and care workers at Landmark South for providing care and comfort for our Mom. We would also like to thank LifeSource Hospice for overseeing her care in her final months of life. She donated her body to the LSU Department of Health Services. There will be no public service at this time, due to the current surge of Covid cases. We ask for your prayers during this time. "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. " (Matthew 11:28).

Published by The Advocate from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2022.
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So sorry to hear of my cousin Wilma passing. Although I live in aother state I have thought of her often and cherish our times together in our younger years. Condolences to all of her family !
Sheila Robnett
January 14, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Dwyer family during this difficult time. May your memories of a loving and devoted mother sustain you and bring you comfort.
Jim and Colette Mitchell
January 14, 2022
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