New Iberia - A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at Pellerin Funeral Home in New Iberia for Rita C. Bayard, 94, who passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022, at her home.
Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Rev. Nathan Comeaux will officiate.
The family requests that visiting hours be observed at the funeral home from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Monday, and continue on Tuesday at 8:00 am until 10:00 am.
A rosary, led by the Men's Rosary Group, will be prayed at 6:30 pm on Monday.
A lifelong resident of Iberia Parish, Rita Comeaux Bayard was born on April 10, 1927 to the late Evra and Marie Reaux Comeaux. She worked as a seamstress, and also worked at Wormser's for 38 years until they closed. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She will be deeply missed.
Mrs. Bayard is survived by a daughter, Janice M. Hunter (Frank) of Rayne; three sons, Chris J. Bayard (Mona) of St. Martinville, Lynn F. Bayard (Gina) of New Iberia, and Thomas J. Bayard of New Iberia; two sisters, Melbie Saunier of Delcambre, and Verna Gary (Hawley) of Coteau; a sister-in-law, Rita Merline Comeaux; seven grandchildren, Brett Bayard (Erin), Scott Bayard (Michelle), Nicholas Bayard (Amy), Troy Bayard (Allison), Ashley Tellez (Tim), Cassie Hunter, Jennifer Bayard; and 16 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hansel F. Bayard; three brothers, Percy Comeaux, Ernest Comeaux, Junius Comeaux; sister, Eula C. LeBlanc; two brothers-in-law, Bruno Saunier and Junuis LeBlanc; and two sisters-in-law, Gladys Comeaux and Lillian Comeaux.
Pallbearers will be Brett Bayard, Scott Bayard, Nicholas Bayard, Troy Bayard, Ashley Tellez, Cassie Hunter, Jennifer Bayard, and Jimmy Comeaux.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to her caregivers, Sommar Hebert, Erika Lagrange, Hope Hebert and Joy Blanchard; and to Hospice of Acadiana for extraordinary care and compassion.
Memorial contributions may be made in Rita’s memory to Hospice of Acadiana.
Pellerin Funeral Home, 502 Jefferson Terrace Blvd., New Iberia, LA 70560, (337-365-3331) is in charge of arrangements.