St. Martinville - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 18, 2023 at Notre Dame Catholic Church for Rose Mae Alexander Lewis, 91, who passed away March 10, 2023 at her residence.
A visitation will take place at Notre Dame Catholic Church on Saturday from 7:00 AM until the time of the mass.
A rosary will be prayed at 9:30 AM on Saturday.
Rev. Abelardo Gabriel will officiate at the funeral mass. Readers will be Natasha Ferdinand and Angelle Lewis. Gift bearers will be Delacy Taylor, Kaitlin Lewis, Darlene Lewis, Shantel Fusilier, Rena Jones, Jaquelene Dixon, and Rosetta Celestine.
Interment will follow at St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery in Breaux Bridge.
Rose was born September 14, 1931, to George and Harriet Benoit Alexander. She joined in matrimony with Marshall Lewis and from this union 10 children were born. She resided and raised her children in St. Martinville. She was employed with the St. Martin Parish School Board District for over 32 years. Rose was a faithful parishioner of Notre Dame Catholic Church and was a public servant for the Lord. She was a pillar to her community. If any event was being put on or if anyone was in need, she and her family would volunteer their time to help. She instilled hard work, compassion, family values in her children and planted those seeds with them so that they could pass those same values to their family. Rose was awarded and recognized with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award on both a parish and diocesan level for her service to the church and community.
Her love for her family was immense. She was the matriarch to her whole family being that she was the last living of her siblings. She was a confidant to many and always led with great example. Rose was a regal and refined lady who enjoyed the nicer things in life. She worked hard, being a full-time employee, mother, and landlord. She graciously was able to provide affordable living to many tenants. In her spare time, she enjoyed cooking, baking, volunteering, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Theresa Pickney Lewis, Mary L. Hardy (Edward J. Hardy, Jr.), Jerrie Jones, Bertha Collins (Joseph Collins), Margaret Berard (Norbert Berard, Jr.), Geneva M. Lewis, Lucille Boudreaux (Phillip Boudreaux) and Ronald Lewis (Geraldine Lewis); grandchildren, Deanna Hardy-Joseph, Harold Pickney, Jr., Darlene Lewis, Tiffiane M. Braud, Rena Jones, Jermaine Boudreaux, Natasha Pickney-Ferdinand, Edward Hardy, III, Dudley Malveaux, III, Jaquelene Dixon, Angelle Lewis, Shantel Fusilier, Rosetta Celestine, Delacy Taylor, Jalisa Collins-Broussard, Norbert Berard, III, and Kaitlin Lewis; 36 great grandchildren; ten great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Harriet Benoit Alexander; sons, Leroy and Donald Lewis, ex-husband Marshall Lewis, grandchildren, Catina Lewis, Damien Berard and Scherrie Berard; great-grandchildren, Blythe Malveaux and Andrew Joseph, III; siblings, Mary Delahoussaye, Ann Chatman, Felicie Thibodeaux, Adam Alexander, Edgar Alexander, Sr., John Alexander, Lennis Alexander, Dennis Alexander, Clerify Alexander, and Clarence Alexander, Sr.
Pallbearers will be Harold Pickney, Jr., Edward Hardy, III, Dudley Malveaux, III, Norbert Berard, III, Brycent Allen, Michael Braud, Jr., Andrew Joseph, and James Ferdinand, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ronald Lewis, Edward Hardy, Jr., Phillip Boudreaux, Jermanine Boudreaux, Norbert Berard, Jr., Joseph Collins, Reginald Lewis, Clifford Alexander, Harold Pickney, Sr., Jerry Lewis, Edward Alexander, Clayton Colar, Poochie Livingston, Wendell Chambers, James Celestine, Warren Taylor, Otis Dixon, Merritt Jones, and Kevin Fusilier.
Pellerin Funeral Home (337-332-2111) is in charge of arrangements.