Sr. Mary André Mouton (Corinne and Aunt Cookie) was born July 1, 1919 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She died at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Nursing Home on February 17, 2018 at 3:00 A.M.
Sr. Mary André was preceded in death by her parents Joseph André Mouton and Marie Corinne Fortier Mouton and her step-mother, Jeanne Mouton; three brothers, Walter Robert, Ramon, and J.A. Mouton; two sisters, Amelia Clare Mouton and Marian Hulsey. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Inez Mouton, as well as by her beloved nieces and nephews, their families, and many friends who were faithful and devoted to her throughout her life.
She entered the Marianites of Holy Cross on September 15, 1935 and pronounced perpetual profession on August 11, 1940. She received her degree in education from Holy Angels Academy in New Orleans and a Masters in Library Science from Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio, Texas. She was involved in elementary and high school Catholic education in New Orleans, Plaquemine, Eunice, Ville Platte, Lake Charles, Opelousas, Morgan City, Franklin, and Houma. In addition, she taught in the education department and served on the library staff at Our Lady of Holy Cross College (AKA University of Holy Cross) in New Orleans. As an educator, she patiently and persistently offered enlightened and encouragement to her students of all ages. Her last years were spent at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Nursing Home in Opelousas where she continued to bring her prayerful presence to all who entered her life.
Small in stature, Sr. Mary André joyfully greeted people with a bow and the phrase: My spirit bows to your spirit. For her, this phrase was hopeful and heartfelt as she was acutely aware of the presence of God within herself and within each person she met. The words from the Gospel of Matthew (25:40) were distinctly engraved on her heart: “Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brethren of mine, you did for me.” All through the seasons of her life, the summons of these words were evidence as she nourished the physical and spiritual needs of those hungry and thirsty, as she welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked, tended the sick, and visited those in prison. In each varied circumstance, her authentic gospel response brought peace and healing. With joyful delight, Sr. Mary André now hears the words of Christ lovingly spoken to her: “Come you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:34-36)
As Sr. Mary André enters eternal life, this is the lesson she passes on to each of us. May we be more intentional in recognizing the spirit of God within ourselves and within each person we meet! May our response be just as generous as we too are summoned to tend to the needs of the least of the brethren – “My spirit bows to your spirit.”
To celebrate her life, a wake service will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM in the chapel at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Nursing Home followed by the Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 AM. To honor the memory of Sr. Mary André, the Marianites of Holy Cross request that memorial donations be made to the Marianites of Holy Cross, Congregational Center, 21388 Smith Road, Covington, LA 70435.
Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.sibillefuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas.
A wonderful mentor
Pam PfaffmannChurch Poiny, LA
In this time of sorrow may the God of comfort and peace give you the strength that you need to endure the loss of your loved one and for encouragement please read Revelation 21:4. I am so sorry for your loss.
NinaBaton Rouge, LA
Sr Andre was my dads (Jesse Breaux) first cousin. She was in Eunice at St Ed's during my sisters high school years. Such a beautiful life. God' Servant First!
Gina Breaux BradleyLafayette, LA
A privilege to have known her my prayers for her and her sisters in Christ
God bless Dr. Andre. She taught me at St. Edmund High School, Eunice LA. She has won the good fight! 😇
Cayla Stagg HebertLafayette, LA
Sister Andre will forever be in my mind as a positive influence on me as a very young girl. She always taught us to be more Christlike in our lives. She was truly loved by her students. Her life was dedicated to Christ and she taught us to be the same way.
Mary Andrews CrockettBedford, TX
Sr. Andre' was part of group of dedicated religious teachers that made tremendous contributions to Catholic Education. She was one of a kind.
jim fusilierabbeville, LA
Very sad to get the news but so glad that I could share in sister Andre's memory..... Small in statue but a very large in presence.