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Remembering former Maurice Mayor Barbara Picard

Funeral arrangements are now set for former Maurice Mayor Barbara Picard who died Monday.

Picard was the first woman elected as Mayor in Vermilion Parish. She served as alderman and Mayor of Maurice for 31 years.

“We owe a lot to her for the foundation she laid for what our community is today,” said current Mayor Wayne Theriot.

He said Picard had the foresight to see the Village’s growth.

“She was instrumental in getting the first water and sewage throughout the town, throughout the community, Theriot said.

Picard was dedicated to her community. She also served as a secretary at Maurice High School and North Vermilion.

“She always had the community in mind with how she governed and all of the decisions that she would make,” said Theriot.

Mayor Theriot served as alderman during Picard’s administration. He says when he became mayor, she would guide him and offer advice.

“I appreciated the way she approached the people,” Theriot said. “She did things with people in mind, but she always did things the correct way.”

Theriot is thankful the Picard family allowed her to serve. “She always put the community first. She didn’t do it for personal gains, she did it for the good of the community,” Theriot said.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Burial will take place in St. Alphonsus Cemetery.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Delhomme Funeral Home on Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM on Thursday evening in the funeral home. Visiting hours will continue on Friday from 8:00 AM until the time of service.

Delhomme Funeral Home, 200 Chief H. Fred Road, Maurice, LA is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Chris Welty

Chris Welty

Chris Welty is a multimedia journalist at KATC.
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