MARKAY SEWELL CUNNINGHAM, IRENE B. RACHAL, COL. (USAR, RET.) BILLY LEE ST. ANDRE

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MARKAY SEWELL CUNNINGHAM

MARKAY SEWELL CUNNINGHAM

NATCHITOCHES, LA

AUG. 9, 1937-MAY 4, 2019

A memorial service to honor the life of Mrs. Markay Sewell Cunningham will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from noon until service time on the May 7 at the funeral home. There will be a reception after the service at Merci Beaucoup in Natchitoches from 2-4 p.m.

Markay lived life boldly and brightly, her wishes would be truly honored if those who will be attending her services, if you’re able, please wear bright and colorful clothing; She was not a fan the traditional black somber attire.

Markay passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Alexandria at the age of 81. She graciously donated her body to medical research. She believed strongly in furthering education and science.

 

IRENE B. RACHAL

IRENE B. RACHAL

DERRY, LA

March 9, 1922-May 4, 2019

Irene B. Rachal, 97, of Derry passed away May 4, 2019. She was born in Cloutierville March 9, 1922, to Alcide and Josephine (Waites) Beaudoin.

Services will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville Tuesday, May 7. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., mass at 11 a.m. and burial immediately following.

She had a love for quilting, gardening, cooking and baking.  Some of her most favorite memories were times spent in the kitchen and quilting with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in memory of Irene B. Rachal to any one of the following: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Cloutierville, Hospice of Natchitoches, Courtyard of Natchitoches and/or LA Extended Care of Natchitoches.

 

OL. (USAR, RET.) BILLY LEE ST. ANDRE

COL. (USAR, RET.) BILLY LEE ST. ANDRE

NATCHITOCHES, LA

Sept. 28, 1940-May 3, 2019

A Mass of Christian Burial honoring the life of Col. (USAR, Ret.) Billy Lee St. Andre, 78, was Monday, May 6 at 10 a.m. at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic church in Natchitoches. The Rev. Blake Deshautelle was celebrant.

Mr. St. Andre died after a short illness Friday, May 3, 2019, at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.

Born at home in an area which is now part of the City of Natchitoches, Billy was the son of the late Eura Marie (Williams) and Silas Lee St. Andre. He attended the old St. Mary’s “on the hill” in downtown Natchitoches from elementary through high school, graduating in 1959. He was very loyal to his alma mater, becoming the first of three generations which included his children and only grandchild, to attend school and graduate from there. Billy stayed in Natchitoches to further his education and graduated from Northwestern State College in January 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics. After completing four years of Army ROTC while at NSC, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army, Ordnance Branch, at his graduation. He reported to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, in March 1964 for Ordnance Officer Branch School. Following the completion of Branch School, he attended Automotive Maintenance School.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the charity of the donor’s choice.