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Patricia Firmin Martin

December 21, 1939July 30, 2020

A funeral mass for Patricia Firmin Martin, 80, of Baton Rouge, will be held at noon Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Pat died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, July 30, 2020, leaving a huge void in the lives of her family and friends. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who loved nothing more than preparing and serving delicious meals to those fortunate to enjoy her gift for hospitality. She had a flair for fashion and was always beautifully dressed, hair and make-up perfect, without fail, daily. She was a talented and creative artist and seamstress, an avid worker of crossword puzzles, a lover of books and music, dinner out with friends, Bombay Sapphire martinis and more recently, Facebook, where she regularly shared humorous and heartfelt updates on life with family and friends. She was a faithful member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Pat was a native of Simmesport, LA, the daughter of the late Lemme John Firmin and Mildred Aswell Purpera. She graduated from Istrouma High School and worked in the banking and real estate fields, retiring after a long career as the receptionist at the Piccadilly Cafeterias corporate office where her vibrant personality and style endeared her to coworkers and everyone who entered the building. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, J.H. Martin, and her sister, Ethel Fryou of Baton Rouge. She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Leslie and Jesse Young of Wisner, Jay and Karen Martin of Baton Rouge, and Tracey and Rejean Bouchard of Quebec, Canada; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Jessica and Joe Handy of Baton Rouge, Michael and Maranda Young of Wisner, Matthew Martin of Baton Rouge, and Katherine, Philippe, Julian and Madeleine Bouchard, of Quebec and Emmanuel Comtois of South Harbor, Nova Scotia; four great-grandchildren, Evangeline and Abram Handy of Baton Rouge and Nicholas and Dorothy Young of Wisner; special niece, Michelle Fryou; and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family would also like to extend their gratitude to Anthony Brooks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat’s name to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Charity. In these uncertain times, the family understands the difficulty of attending such events. For those who can join us, please observe the current safety guidelines.


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    Tuesday, August 4, 2020


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Rita Horiguchi

August 4, 2020

I met Pat on-line when we were all watching American Idol and Clay Aiken came in second in 2004. She and I wound up meeting in person at some Clay performances after that. We had such fun, and she and my late husband, Sam, also met at some of these events. We became Facebook friends and in that way kept up to date with each other’s lives. I just now have heard of her passing. I am so very, very sorry to hear this and I will miss her because, even just via on-line in recent years, she was a sweet and welcome part of my life. I think of her in Heaven with Jesus and JH. I extend my deepest sympathies to Pat and JH’s family. May God bless you all and keep you comforted by warm memories.

Ann & Randolph Ogden

August 4, 2020

What a vivacious Spirit that lived in Pat. So sorry for your loss, we know the joy she brought so many. Our love and prayers are with you during this journey. God Bless!

Ann & Randolph Ogden


August 1, 2020

To all Pat's children and family, I am deeply saddened by the loss of this wonderful, special person. You will all be in my prayers as you go through this terrible time of trying to adjust to this stunning sudden loss. I am trying to take comfort in knowing that J.H. and Ethel, who both passed away fairly recently, were there to greet her with huge loving embraces, the moment she stepped into Heaven. Pat and Ethel came into my life when we were about 7 years old and my uncle married their mom and they moved to a home just a few yards away from each other. Our back doors faced each other. We were always together until our families moved to different neighborhoods. Our families would still visit, but then we did not see each other so often. As older teens Pat and I spent a few days at Pensacola Beach having traveled there by Greyhound Bus. We had great fun swimming, sunning and flirting (of course). Rest in Peace, Pat, and pray for all of us from Heaven. I love you and will keep you in my heart always and always. As my husband Sidney used to say: "Forever and a day." Love, JoAnn

Nancy & Doreen Purpera

August 1, 2020

We were so saddened to hear about your beautiful Mom, Pat. We reconnected with your Mom recently through a cousin, Michelle D, and had plans to have her come over for another cup of tea with my Mom, Doreen, who is now 98, when Covid was over. Pat always remembered having her 1st cup of tea with my Mom, while the 2 of them watched the Coronation of Queen Eliz II on a tiny black and white TV. When my brother was a toddler he called Pat "Venus". Perhaps he sensed her " Love and Beauty". You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your wonderful memories will live on forever and your Mom and Dad are celebrating together again.

Gregory Edwards

July 31, 2020

Though we mourn with the family, we rejoice in Pat's reunion with her beloved J.H. and look forward to the day we are ALL together again. No doubt there are martinis in heaven this day!
Much love from Greg and Angie


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