March 4, 1942-Dec. 5, 2021

Theresa Monette Vallien passed away peacefully Dec. 5, 2021, at the age of 79. She has now rejoined her daughter, Moneta Mercadel, and sister, Thelma Monette, in their heavenly home.

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She was blessed with three children, Pamela A. Vallien of Lafayette, Courtney M. Vallien of Natchitoches and the late Moneta A. Mercadel, and leaves to cherish her memory, her granddaughter, Amber M. Swayzer and her husband of 55 years of marriage, Attorney Andrew S. Vallien of Natchitoches.

She was born March 4, 1942, to the late Hazel and Olivier Monette of Abbeville.

She will be greatly missed by all of those who knew and loved her, including a host of nieces and nephews, Godchildren, sister-in-law and brothers-in-law and cousins that were more like siblings.

Theresa has worn many hats in her life. She was a teacher with Headstart, a member of many boards such as NARC, Natchitoches Historic District Commission, President of the Boys and Girls Club of Natchitoches,  a Eucharistic minister and lector for Holy Cross Catholic Church and the office manager for her husband’s law firm.

She graduated from Holy Rosary Institute in Lafayette and attended Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. She had many hobbies and passions, which included reading, zydeco dancing, bowling, playing Pokeno and cooking. Her soft smiles and specialty dishes will be missed at many family gatherings to come.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at noon Friday, Dec. 10 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Natchitoches. The visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home with the Rosary at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery in Abbeville.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the family.

The family would like to thank the physicians and staff with Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Extended Care, Kindred at Home (Home health agency), and Cornerstone Nursing Home; Cabrini Hospital and MIIGS of Alexandria for the support that they have given the family in these final months.