Opelousas – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Merryle Anne Hinckley Soileau on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 12:00 noon at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington. Fr. Matthew Higginbotham will Celebrate the Mass. Rite of Committal will follow in the Gardner Hinckley Family Cemetery in Washington.
Mrs. Soileau, age 84, entered into eternal rest on Friday, March 17, 2023, at Calcutta House surrounded by her loving family. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and her prayer group and social groups. Mrs. Soileau was well known for her pecan pie, chex mix and crafts. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends and all who knew and loved her.
Merryle is survived by her daughters, Karen JS McKinney and her husband, Robert of Washington, Kim Soileau Lofaso and her husband, Daryl of Mandeville, Katrina Soileau of St. Cloud, Fl, Claudia Soileau Abell and her husband, Chad of Lafayette, Hope Soileau Gardner and her husband Jason of Mandeville; sister, Caroline Hinckley Stelly of Lafayette, grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Gardner, Jacob Philip Lofaso, Amanda Mae Lofaso, Davin Joseph Gardner, Anna Louise Mina McKinney, Lily Marie Abell and Charles Ellery Abell.
Merryle is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Clyde Soileau and her parents, Arthur and Myrtle Hinckley.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday March 21, 2023, 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in the Sibille Funeral Home Chapel with a Rosary to be prayed by the Ladies Altar Society at 10:00 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Daryl Lofaso, Chad Abell, Robert McKinney, Jason Gardner, Jacob Lofaso, Davin Gardner, and Charles Abell.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Gardner Hinckley Cemetery Association (P.O. Box 101 Washington, LA 70589) or Hospice of Acadiana.
Words of Comfort for the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas.