A wake service will be held for, Sister Mary Eulalia (Beatrice) Boudreaux, MSC in the chapel at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Nursing Home on Wednesday, August 16th, 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM, followed by the Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 AM with burial in St. Landry Cemetery in Opelousas.
Sister Mary Eulalia (Beatrice) Boudreaux, MSC was born December 19, 1917 in Eunice, Louisiana and died at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Nursing Facility on August 10, 2017 at 6:29 PM.
She is survived by a sister, Marie Elaine St. Amant, and her beloved nieces, nephews and their families. She remained close to them throughout her life.
She was preceded in death by her father, Abraham Boudreaux, Sr., her mother, Lucy Olympia Alleman Boudreaux; two brothers, Abraham Boudreaux, Jr. and Earl Boudreaux; one sister, Erin Boudreaux.
Sister Eulalia entered the Marianites of Holy Cross on September 19, 1936 and pronounced her perpetual vows on August 10, 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Masters of Education Degree from Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio, Texas. She ministered in education in New Orleans at St. Cecilia, Saints Peter and Paul, St. Rita, Holy Name of Mary, St. Agnes, St. Christopher, St. Mary of the Angels as well as in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She served as librarian at Opelousas Catholic, at Immaculate Conception in Lake Charles, at St. Edmund’s in Eunice, and at Holy Angels in New Orleans. Her last years of active ministry were spent as a faculty member and librarian at Our Lady of Holy Cross College (now the University of Holy Cross) in New Orleans. Committed to professional development for herself and others, she held positions in several professional organizations including Secretary of National Catholic Music Education Association of New Orleans; Secretary of National Catholic Library Association of New Orleans; Chairman of High School Section of GNOA Unit of Catholic Library Association.
An avid learner and dedicated educator, she was generous in helping her students of all ages to succeed. Easily approachable, her face was dominated by sparkling blue eyes and a ready smile to greet all who passed her way. As a Marianite, she was devoted to and engaged in community. Her frequent refrain was the proud declaration: “I am a Marianite of Holy Cross” and she died on the day of her perpetual vows, August 10th, pronounced 76 years ago!
Her final years were spent as a resident at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Nursing Facility. During this time, she aged gracefully and joyfully showing a warmth and care for others around her. She loved to sing and, even at the age of 99, the “hills are alive with the sound of music!” With a song in her heart and the words and melody on her lips, she was a treasure in our midst. We rejoice with her as she now adds her voice to the choir of angels.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Congregational Center, Marianites of Holy Cross, 21388 Smith Road, Covington, Louisiana, 70435.
Words of Comfort to the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas.
To the family of Sister Eulalia,
I was a student of Sr Eulalia at St Edmund in Eunice. She was a wonderful advanced math teacher for me in my senior year. She made learning the difficult math course so easy to absorb. I'm sure that's why I was able to get A's in my first two maths in college. I became a pharmacist and worked as a pharmacist for 33 yrs.
I remember her as a kind soul and as you said so easy to talk to. God bless Sr Eulalia and all the wonderful Marianites of Holy Cross. They helped to make us what we became and instilled good values and a great love for our faith.
Will be remembering her and the family at Adoration.
Cynthia( Cindy) Breaux Bryson
Cindy Breaux BrysonBaton Rouge, LA
My prayers for all of Sister " Beatrice " family. God grant His healing love at this special time.
Maurice E. BrownPlaquemine, LA