Helen Darby Courrege
9 June, 1921 – 4 October, 2021
NEW IBERIA – A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held for Helen Darby Courrege, age 100, on Friday, October 8, 2021 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia. Interment will be held privately at a later date.
A native and resident of New Iberia, Mrs. Courrege passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021 at her residence with her family by her side.
Helen Courrege was the last surviving sibling of 13 children. She loved to dance, paint, and do arts and crafts. She took things you would normally throw away to make yard art out of it, such as building things like birdhouses and miniature houses from popsicle sticks. She loved her family and spent as much time with them as possible. Helen adored her grandkids and was so excited to become a great grandmother! She was a great storyteller and would sit for hours telling stores to anyone that would listen, especially her grandkids. As she got older, she could not hear well, so she would make up great story lines about what she was watching on TV, even though it was not related to the actual story line!
Mrs. Courrege is survived by her son, Jack Joseph Courrege, of New Iberia; grandchildren, Brandon L. Courrege and his wife Averie of New Iberia, Alexis N. Courrege of Lihue, HI, Jeremy P. Courrege of New Iberia; great granddaughter, Ellia A. Courrege of New Iberia; and 2 special nieces, Carrie Darby Dore of New Iberia, and Linda Clements Verret of New Iberia.
Mrs. Courrege was preceded in death by husband Lucien Simon Courrege; parents, St. Mark “Semar” Darby and Carrie Stephens Darby; and 12 siblings, Jimmy Darby, Monroe Darby, Jessie Cole, Alice Bourgeois, Nellie Mouret, Clarence Darby, St. Mark Pete Darby, Anna Lee Bienemann, Francis Darby, Lizzie Leleux, Louise Morrison, and Mildred Myers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon L. Courrege, Alexis N. Courrege, Jeremy P. Courrege, Donnie Bonner, Brad Gaspard, and Chris Gonsoulin.
The family would like to thank Audubon hospice, nurses’ Lynell Sonnier, Jennifer Snoddy, Lorna Gaffga and Desiree Breaux.
To view the on-line obituary and sign the guest register, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com.
Evangeline Funeral Homes, Inc. of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.
- Jack Joseph Courrege, Son
- Brandon L. Courrege (Averie), Grandchild
- Alexis N. Courrege, Grandchild
- Jeremy P. Courrege, Grandchild
- Ellia A. Courrege, Great Grandchild
- Carrie Darby Dore, Niece
- Linda Clements Verret, Niece
- Lucien Simon Courrege, Husband (deceased)
- St. Mark "Semar" Darby, Father (deceased)
- Carrie Stephens Darby, Mother (deceased)
- Jimmy Darby, Sibling (deceased)
- Monroe Darby, Sibling (deceased)
- Jessie Cole, Sibling (deceased)
- Alice Bourgeois, Sibling (deceased)
- Nellie Mouret, Sibling (deceased)
- Clarence Darby, Sibling (deceased)
- St. Mark Pete Darby, Sibling (deceased)
- Anna Lee Bienemann, Sibling (deceased)
- Francis Darby, Sibling (deceased)
- Lizzie Leleux, Sibling (deceased)
- Louise Morrison, Sibling (deceased)
- Mildred Myers, Sibling (deceased)
A Celebration of Life Gathering
Friday, 8 October , 2021
Helen Darby Courrege
7 October 2021
Linda, I will always remember when the three of us would go out to eat on each of our birthdays! Your aunt was the best friend anyone could ever have! She always had my back, and was always there for me no matter what it took...Whatever she did always came from the heart and she was always there to help without being asked! I will cherish her memory as long as I live! Linda, it's never easy losing a loved one, and finding the right words to say also don't come easy! There's one thing I will say though; we will see your aunt again one day! Please accept my heartfelt condolences! My thoughts and prayers are with you...
Allison Migues (Harry)
6 October 2021
Jack, I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Helen’s passing. I have some amazing memories of her. She and I were always together when I was a child. I remember I would walk next door and she would give me a bottle of sugar water. If my mom walked in I would have to hide it under the sofa pillow….I can remember her always singing and story telling. I sure wish I had kept up with her over the years. I really do love her… sending you prayers..