On Sunday, August 2, 2020, Sylvia Ann O’Pry Bourque passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was 84 years old. Sylvia was the mother of seven children, eighteen grandchildren, thirty-five great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Mom was a great cook and loved preparing meals for everyone. That love led her to enter the workforce later in life, after having raised all of her children. At the age of 49, Mom studied to earn her GED, something she had always wanted to do. With GED in hand, she then immediately began taking correspondence courses through the University of Florida, earning a Dietary Manager’s degree only one year later. Mom worked as a Dietary Manager at Eunice Manor Nursing Home, and several other nursing homes in Jennings and Baton Rouge, until her retirement. She loved planning meals and preparing special treats for all her nursing home residents and staff members. After retiring, she and dad traveled the country, as well as parts of Canada and Mexico, in their RV. She was always excited to tell us stories of their travels and share pictures of the places they had visited.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 2:00 pm at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Eunice. Burial will follow in the St. Paul Cemetery, with Father Clinton Sensat, Celebrant.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Sylvia is survived by her children, Brenda Bourque Gatte of Duson, Patricia Bourque Deshotel of Rayne, Audrey Bourque of Carrollton, GA., Douglas Bourque and wife, Brenda of Scott, Janice Bourque Fruge and husband, Randy of Eunice, John R. Bourque of Scott, and Anna Bourque of Mamou; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She is also survived by two sisters, Mary Dean McCauley of Eunice, and Useline Savoy of Breaux Bridge
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of almost 70 years, John “J.C.” Bourque.
At the request of the family, visitation was held at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Eunice on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 6pm – 9pm, and again on Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 9:00 am until time of services. Deacon Chuck Ortego will recited a Rosary at 7:00pm Wednesday.
Family and friends may view this obituary and sign the guestbook at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com.
Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Eunice, 1301West Laurel Avenue, 337-457-3371 is in charge of arrangements.