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Brookside Funeral Home - Champions

3410 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Florence Elizabeth Ardoin

May 7, 1948February 11, 2020
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Florence “Flo” Elizabeth Haley Ardoin, 71, left this earth to join the heavens on Tuesday, February 11th in Victoria, Texas.

Flo was born in New Orleans on May 7, 1948 and she grew up in Luling, Louisiana where she was the first of nine children. After high school she attended Nichol’s State University where she received her Associate’s Degree. She worked at a number of places throughout her career like Handy Dan, Carter and Burgess, Jacob’s Engineering, and Arborleaf Engineering. Flo loved to fish, she loved gardening and she loved people. Her true passion was her family.

Flo is survived by her husband Michael “Mickey” Ardoin, and her son Gregg Blanchard and his wife, Angela Blanchard. Mother Marie LaCour Haley. Step-daughter Lori Stanton and husband Joey Stanton, Gina Ardoin, and step-son Jacques Ardoin and wife Ally Ardoin. Grandsons: Blake Eberhardt, Cody Eberhardt and wife Arista, Grayden Blanchard and Allen “AJ” Blanchard. Granddaughters Julia Stanton and Camille Stanton. Great Grandson: Peyton Eberhardt. Sisters- Margaret Seghers, Del Krementz and Susan Haley. Brothers- Walt Haley and his wife, Carolyn Haley, Alvin Haley and his wife, Cele, Henry Haley and his wife, Messa, Michael Haley and his wife Mari, and John Haley. Father of Gregg and Keri- Tony Blanchard and his wife Kay. She is also survived by many cousins, nephews, nieces, “sistas” and many friends.

Preceded in death by daughter Keri Blanchard Guillory, Father Elbert Haley, and Husband Wendell “Jay” Fruge.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2020

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Florence Elizabeth Ardoin

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Marie Haley

February 19, 2020

Skipping to your college years, you wanted to go to Florida on your Spring Break. Being the old-fashion mother, I would not allow it but instead, you and your then boyfriend, Tony, were allowed to go to Texas to visit Aunt Anne and her family where you would have supervision. When you returned home, you and Tony informed us you had eloped on the way to Texas. Your dad took the news much better than I had.
Of that union, you raised two amazing children. When Keri was born, your dad and I could not wait to get to Texas to see our first grandchild. And when that little red-head boy was born, our hearts melted once again.
You and Mick were quite the team – especially when playing cards. I will so miss sitting around the kitchen table for hours at a time playing cards during your visits. We had so much fun laughing, poking fun at each other, and trying to out-play one another.
You loved to have fun with both your family and friends and we could count on you for a good time. You taught me how to drink (or was that, drove me to drink?) and to loosen up.
Flo, I am so proud of your independence and the strong woman you were. You raised two amazing children who in turn are raising beautiful grandchildren and a great grandchild. What a grand legacy you are leaving behind.
I will miss you, my darling Flo, and am so proud of you.
Love you always,
Mom

Marie Haley

February 19, 2020

February 15, 2020

My dearest Flo,
As I sit here thinking of you and missing you, I have so many memories of you through the years.
As you were my first born, you were the princess and your dad, Mamee, PawPaw, Nona and I adored you because you were the beginning of the next generation of the Haley family.
As a new mother, I abided strictly by the doctor’s orders by feeding you promptly every three hours. When asked what if you were sleeping, he answered “thump her on her foot”. A friend told me that was nonsense and to let you sleep. I was so naïve and your dad was not any better. This was the beginning of your leadership with the rest of the children because you tended to be the guinea pig for our learning process.
When you were a toddler of about 3 years old, you walked with Grandma to the store. A dog appeared out of no where and you almost knocked Grandma to the ground by climbing up her legs. Who would have thought you would become the animal lover you were?
You could be sneaky at times as well. Remember when you were in elementary school and you changed your grade on your report card from a D to a B? So full of mischief and something we could laugh at years later.

Chameka Dennis

February 18, 2020

1st I want to start off saying my prayers go out to Mr. Mickey and the rest of the family. I am still in total shock. I just saw you what seemed to be a few days ago. You and Mr. Mickey always brightened my day. We just said see you later 😢 a couple days ago. You always had the biggest smile when you entered the office saying Hi Chameka! I would say hello Ms. Flo !!! I've been wanting to contact Mr. Mickey but I didn't want to overwhelm him. So I'll just leave my memory and say yes we will see each other later on the other side. RIP Mrs. Ardoin.

Carolyn Haley

February 18, 2020

The first time I went to an Eagles concert with my precious sister in law I knew I had made a friend for life. She was the rock I was the roll we enjoyed each other’s company and our love of music. If you happen to meet up with Glen Frey give him a hug for me.

Love and good thoughts,
Carolyn Haley

Margaret Seghers

February 18, 2020

I do owe my life to Flo and she would readily remind me of that every so often. Mon and Dad had built a new house with a large yard but there were holes in the backyard where power poles were going to be installed. She was 4 and I was 2 and we were playing in the yard while Mom was feeding the newborn sister. Flo ran inside and told Mom, “come see where Margaret is”. When Mom ran outside, all she could see were the soles of my shoes because I was headfirst in the water-filled hole and I was not breathing. I would not have survived but with the quick thinking of a 4-year old.
The Haley’s are always in for a good time. During one of her visits, we were at Jackson Square in the French Quarter and enjoying daiquiris. If memory serves me right, it was a hot July day. I still swear it was the heat that got to me but I started to faint. Flo noticed the look on my face and grabbed me as I was falling to the ground. She swore that was the second time she saved my life – another memory she would not allow me to forget.
Flo was also a tattletale. Being a family of 9 kids, we did not have the luxury of having our own individual room so Flo and I shared one. Understand……..I never got sick. Flo had the flu and I happened to mention to Mom that I wasn’t feeling well so she said I should stay home from school as well thinking I could also be coming down with the flu. Flo could not WAIT until Mom got home from work to tell her I was not sick because I had not sniffled or coughed once that day. How dumb could I be? I forgot to act sick!
Flo was such a remarkably strong woman. A few days after Keri’s funeral, my husband passed away. I was shocked and amazed when I looked across the room during the viewing and saw Flo walk into the room. This was EXACTLY 7 days to the day after Keri’s funeral. But that was Flo……….always there for the family and I loved her so much for doing this for me.
I love you Flo and thank you for being my big sister.

Lea Wegner

February 17, 2020

Flo and were the best of friends and worked together for years at Handy Dan and Carter & Burgess. It broke my heart when I was informed of her death today, took my breath away. We had lost touch and I hadn't talked with her in years. My heart breaks that she is gone and that I wasn't there for her in the loss of her daughter. Rest in peace and in God's arms. Love, Lea Wegner.

Samantha kato

February 17, 2020

I first met Flo when I met her amazing daughter, Keri. Keri was my best friend for over 15 years. Flo was just as amazing as her daughter. The love she had for her family and friends was incredible. She took me in as one of her own from the moment I met her. She was always so kind, funny, loving and always told you exactly how it was (especially when you needed it the most). One of my favorites memories with her is when all of the "Sista's" spent the weekend with her and Mickey to be there for her on Keri's first birthday in Heaven. We had so much fun. Many tears were shed, but Momma Flo took care of all us not only that weekend, but all the time. She has been one of the most important women in my life. I will miss her dearly.

Susan Haley Hall

February 16, 2020

I loved my sister! Being 9 years younger than Flo, I was the little kid no one wanted hanging around when her friends came over. Then, around 15 years old, I was allowed to take my first trip by myself to visit Flo, Tony and the kids. Keri & Gregg who were just babies then. I was excited to get on that bus to go see them. That is when we started bonding as I was able to have adult like conversations with her. Later, when she was single and I was older, I would visit Flo and she and I would have fun going out together. She taught me how to have fun, laugh a lot and enjoy the journey of meeting and making new friends. Flo had a personality that couldn’t be matched. She was larger than life and everyone loved her, especially her close friends & family. Rest In Peace my sweet sister! Give Keri, Daddy and all of our loved ones in Heaven a hug for me!

Judi Copeland

February 16, 2020

I met Flo years ago, after Keri & I became good friends! I have seen the love this family had together and the love just grew and grew.
The love was extended to the "Sistas'" as well and we are now family too! Fondest memories were Flo's happiness at Keri's wedding to Michael and then when we celebrated Keri's birthday at the beach house! Love you Flo - thank you for looking after us!

Libby Comeaux

February 16, 2020

Spending these past hours of grief shared with family across the miles. What an empty space she left behind on this side of the Southern Ocean. Her strength of will, her good humor and wit. The way her many challenges, losses, setbacks she did not let overcome her. She grieved, did what she was called to do, and went forward to create a new chapter of a beautiful life. She never retreated, she marched forward with a deep sense of trust palpable whenever I was blessed to spend time with her. Thank you, Flo, for the gift of your life in our family - and in our hearts forever!

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