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Martha Mae Broussard

April 26, 1923November 16, 2020

Martha Mae Broussard, age 97, of Moselle, Mississippi passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020. Martha was born April 26, 1923 to her parents Raymond Istre and Melizia Trahan Istre.

Martha was a native of Welsh and resident of Mississippi.

Those left to cherish her memory are her step granddaughter, Vannoy Racca and husband Ray of Pearland, TX.; a step great grandchild, Brent Racca and wife Mary Beth; a step great great grandchild Cameron Lucas; one sister, Mernie Hill and husband Don of Moselle, MS.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Istre and Melizia Trahan Istre; her husband, Anthony Arthur Broussard; step daughter, Irene High; five brothers, Harris Istre, Nelton Istre, "Joe" Istre, Raymond Istre, Jr., Ray Adam Istre, and Wilford Istre; four sisters, Thelma Comeaux, Mayola Watt, Beverly Desormeaux, and Daisy Guillotte; a step great grandchild, Kurt Racca.

Visitation services will be held at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles on Saturday, November 21, 2020 beginning at 8:30am until the time of services with a rosary to be prayed in the funeral home at 9:30am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Henry's Catholic Church on Saturday at 11:00am. Interment will be immediately following at Lacassine Catholic Cemetery.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Broussard family.



  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

  • Rosary

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

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Vennoy Racca

November 22, 2020

God Blessed me and my Family when he joined my Grandfather, Anthony Arthur Broussard and Martha Mae Istre in marriage when I was about 10 years old! He was still working mostly abroad and settled Martha in a new home and fixed her up with MARTHA’S BEAUTY SHOP in the front room of their home. Which she ran until she retired and moved to Moselle, MS. to reside the rest of her life with her Sister and Brother-in Law, Don and Mernie Hill! In her failing years, she has been lovingly cared for by her niece, Melizza Rizzo ! I cannot say enough kind words to their whole family for the special care Martha received!
My husband, Ray, myself, my two sons, Kurt and Brent, enjoyed every moment we had with her and Papa, holidays, birthdays, vacations, visits, just every part of our lives! We lost Kurt to Cancer in 2014!
We miss her already, and know she is in Heaven with Papa, her parents, relatives, and so many customers and friends!!!
Thank you All for the beautiful words and comments, it means a lot to know she was so loved by everyone!! 😘
Blessings to All,
Vennoy High Racca

Todd Istre

November 22, 2020

⚘⚘ every time I went over there she always wanted to feed you. I love her, and I will miss her. ⚘⚘

Missy (Melizia) Bertucci

November 21, 2020

My sweet GrandMartha, oh how I am going to miss you and see your beautiful smile. The farm is not going to be the same with you gone. I have so many memories of you in my life, you attended every dance review I had. I spent my summers with you and Ging-Ging along with my sister Ramona and with Florinda and couldn't wait to go to your beauty shop just to be with you!!! I loved how you made me feel special with your home cooked meals, you taught me how to make a pie from scratch, your tables were set so beautiful and I set mine as if you are eating with me... I love it when you took us crabbing.. I can go on and on with stories and I have them in my heart as you will be always... I love you and will miss you terribly, will see you later....A broken heart...

Tonya Istre

November 20, 2020

Sweet Aunt Martha. I have so many fond memories of her. Summers at Grandma’s also included a trip to Aunt Martha’s beauty shop where she would curl my hair and do my make up. She would take my face in her hands and kiss me every time she saw me even as a grown up. I never saw her without a smile. Such a beautiful person inside and out. Thank you to the Hill family who lovingly cared for her in her last years. She will be forever missed. ❤️

Lois Baham

November 20, 2020

I am saddened by Martha’s death. We were close neighbors for many many years and I grew to love her very much. She operated a beauty salon in her home and it was a pleasure to visit the salon every week since all clients who were regulars grew to be friends. Martha was a kind soul and very humble. When the time came for her to move on, as I did as well, it was a sad time for each of us. She and her remaining family are in my thoughts and prayers .

Fond memories and my heartfelt sympathy are extended to her family
With love, Lois Baham

Melba and Sam Hill

November 20, 2020

Martha was a sweet, delightful lady. She always met you with a smile, a hug, and then wanted to hear all about you. Caring for other people was a part of who she was. Our sympathies go out to the family, but know that her memory will live on forever in their hearts.

Debbie (Istre) Jones

November 19, 2020

Connie, Lance and Debbie are the children of Joe Istre. We were estranged from the family for a long time since our parents divorced; however, our mom kept in touch with our grandparents and a few of the aunts and uncles. Aunt Martha and Uncle Bruce always made trips to visit us, even as we grew older and married. They visited Connie in Alabama, Lance in California and me (Debbie) in Texas. Aunt Martha named our show pig when we asked how you said “my red pig” in French. Ma Cochon Rouge was our favorite pig for years. Uncle Bruce always cooked delicious meals when we visited. We will miss our beautiful Aunt Martha!

Florinda Guillotte Parnell

November 19, 2020

Aunt Martha was the sweetest of all in our large family. I never saw her angry or mad, just her beautiful smile. I could tell she loved her beauty shop business and her customers loved her. I remember her cutting my hair when I was 7 years old. It was really long and she said it would be used to make a wig for someone in need. How proud I was! She took great care of Grandma Istre, giving her a place to live comfortably and fixing her hair weekly to always make her look her best. Myself with some of my sisters and cousins spent many summer nights at her house as kids, and gosh, she was a excellent cook. I love you Aunt Martha, and you will be missed. Say hello to Harry, Mom and Dad for me ♥️♥️


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