New Iberia – Graveside services will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery in Delcambre at 12:00 pm on Thursday, January 20, 2022 for Lydia G. Blanchard, 80, who passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2022, in New Iberia.
A gathering of family and friends will be at Pellerin Funeral Home in New Iberia from 9:00 am until 11:00 am on Thursday.
A lifelong resident of New Iberia, Lydia Gerard Blanchard was born on January 12, 1942 to the late Laurent and Olite Gary Gerard, and worked as a seamstress at Jeanerette Mills. She loved meeting and talking to people, and never met a stranger. She loved to crochet, and enjoyed dancing and listening to French music, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family and spoiling her grandkids. She will be deeply missed.
Mrs. Blanchard is survived by three sons, Earl Lege (Emile) of Lafayette, Hugues Blanchard, Jr. (Jessica Estelle) of New Iberia, Clifford Blanchard (Deborah) of Lafayette; two daughters, Elaine Bertrand of New Iberia, Vickie Hebert (Forest Lee) of New Iberia; two sisters, Shirley Trahan (Harold) of Toledo Bend, Earline Johnson of Coteau; brother, Andrew Gerard (Elaine) of New Iberia; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hugues Blanchard Sr.; a son, Jerry Blanchard; brother, Clarence Gerard; great-grandsons, Matthew and Anthony "D.J." LeBlanc; great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Blanchard; daughter-in-law, Sheila Myers Blanchard; and son-in-law, Glenn Hebert, Sr.
Pallbearers will be Christopher Blanchard, Hugues Blanchard III, Nelson Trahan, Hugues Blanchard Jr., Jody Johnson, and Dylan LeBlanc.
Honorary pallbearers are Lailan, Laila and Zaila Estelle.
Pellerin Funeral Home, 502 Jefferson Terrace Blvd., New Iberia, LA 70560, (337-365-3331).