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Virginia W. Defelice LeMaire

October 22, 1919 - May 14, 2017

Obituary


NEW IBERIA - A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Virginia W. "Tootie" Defelice LeMaire, age 97, at 10:00 am Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church. Fr. Ed Degeyter will be the Celebrant. Mrs. LeMaire will be laid to rest with her husband at Holy Family Cemetery privately at a late date.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Evangeline Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm, with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 pm. Visiting hours will resume on Thursday...

NEW IBERIA - A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Virginia W. "Tootie" Defelice LeMaire, age 97, at 10:00 am Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church. Fr. Ed Degeyter will be the Celebrant. Mrs. LeMaire will be laid to rest with her husband at Holy Family Cemetery privately at a late date.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Evangeline Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm, with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 pm. Visiting hours will resume on Thursday from 8:00 am until 9:30 am.

Virginia was born October 22, 1919 in Houma, Louisiana to the late Hayes J. Whitney, Sr. and Maud Bergeron Whitney, and was one of 18 children. She passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, May 14, 2017 with her family at her side.

Virginia, affectionately known by family and friends as Tootie, was a woman of great faith and devotion. Along with being the matriarch of her family, Tootie gave her time to her church by teaching Catechism, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, and volunteering wherever needed. As a homemaker, she loved cooking meals for her family, and planting her flowers. One of her pastimes that she enjoyed was watching the many hummingbirds that visited her home.

Tootie leaves behind a legacy of love and many sweet memories that will forever be cherished.

Survivors include her children, Virginia "Ginger" Babineaux and husband Gene, Jimmy Defelice and wife Cathy, Kenny Defelice and wife Donna, David Defelice and wife Susan, Faye Lancon and husband Dean, and Don Defelice and wife Debbie; 23 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren, 15 great great grandchildren; and her sisters and brothers, Mae Saia, Delores "Doty" Schwartz, Jeanne Broussard, Evelyn Pike, Barbara Davis, Catherine Theriot, Margaret Granberry, Judy Guidroz, Rose Long, Ann Gueniot, Anita Kelpsch, Louis Whitney and Milton "Bud" Whitney.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of first marriage, I.J. "Iggy" Defelice; husband of second marriage, Albert "Bill" LeMaire; her daughter, Eileen DeRouen; and her sisters and brothers, Bessie Waguespack, Roberta Whitney, Hayes Whitney, Jr. and Jimmy Whitney.

Serving as pallbearers will be Troy Green, James Defelice, Jr., Ronnie DeRouen, Leon Defelice, Michael Defelice, Brett Defelice, and Scott Lancon.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff of Lourdes Hospice, and to her caregivers Charlotte, Renee, Linda and Theresa for their care and compassion while caring for our dear mother.

Memorial contributions may be made in Virginia's name to Lourdes Hospice, 101 La Rue France, Ste. 301, Lafayette, LA 70508.

To view the online obituary, video tribute and to share your memories of Tootie, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com

Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia (337) 364-1881 is in charge of arrangements.