Heaven's Big Band will be swinging as Verna and Owen dance in the New Year together.
Verna Guillory Demoruelle, 89, passed away Friday, December 30, 2016, at her home. Born to Odey and Aureline Mayeux Guillory, she grew up in the Vidrine community. Although vision-impaired from birth, she would not be limited in her accomplishments. She graduated from Tennessee College for Women, Murfreesboro, TN, majoring in music. Later she earned her education degree at SLI. Verna shared the gift of music with thousands of students, having taught at Sacred Heart Catholic School, Chataignier High School and Ville Platte Lower Elementary School. After retiring from the school system, she taught private lessons in her home until last year. She also used her creative skills at sewing and knitting.
Verna married Owen Demoruelle in 1953. Their shared love of music and dance brought many hours of joy to their home. The greatest gift they gave to their four daughters was their faith in God.
Preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 62 years and her brother, Hal Guillory, Verna is survived by her daughters Debora Hamilton and husband Kern, Nanette Bell and husband Randy, Libbye Melancon and Laura Launey and husband Byron; sister, Beryl Day; grandchildren, Daniel Morgan, Holly Walker, Jacob Melancon, Mathew Bell, Marcus Launey, Andrew Bell and Olivia Launey; and great-grandchildren, Max Morgan, Annalise Melancon, Lauren Walker, Rosalee Melancon, Michael Walker and Thomas Walker.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. Father Mitch Guidry will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Gates of Heaven Cemetery. The family requests that visiting be observed at Ardoin's Funeral Home of Ville Platte from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017. It will continue on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. until time of service. A rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
While flowers are being accepted, the family suggests a donation may be made in her memory to a music program of your choice or LHC Hospice.
Family and friends may view the online obituary and/or leave words of comfort for the family at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com.