OBITUARY

Sonia Sterling Hebert

May 7, 1946April 5, 2021

Sonia Sterling Hebert ,74, was born in Jovellanos, Cuba on May 7, 1946, to the late Francisco and Maria Sterling. Sonia left her worldly home and entered her heavenly home on April 5, 2021. Sonia and her parents escaped communist Cuba in 1963, when she was 16, to reconnect with her younger brother, Francisco "Frank" who had been sent to America several months earlier in the Peter Pan Program. The family was finally reunited in Albuquerque, NM before finally residing in Morgan City, LA in 1964. The number of other Cuban immigrants they joined there, made Morgan City feel like "home". After Sonia married Julius and started a family she spent over 18 years as a child care provider to many children in Morgan City. She made a profound impact on those kids and their families; she treated them all like one of her own.

Sonia enjoyed many simple things in life. Putting oil paints to canvas and creating masterpieces. Her South Louisiana sceneries, her depiction of primitive life , and flowers were worthy of any art gallery. Bob Greenwood was her favorite teacher. Although not formally trained on guitar, Sonia was a very accomplished guitarist and singer. She spent her early days in Morgan City playing with her good friends, the Billeaudeaux's, and always played for her family and friends at most gatherings. Sonia's competitive spirit was never more evident than when playing a round of dominoes with friends and family or a game of parcheesi with her children and grandchildren. Sonia's ability to make a person smile or laugh with a dirty joke or prank was only rivaled by the way she could pull at your heartstrings with accounts of her childhood and struggles she and her family faced when they left Cuba. Whether she was cooking, cleaning or it was a day that ended with "y", Sonia would always have on a full face of makeup, decked out in jewelry, and whatever perfume of the month she was using at the time. The amazing Cuban and Louisian dishes that came out of her kitchen were often the talk of the town, or at least to the friends of her children. Sonia's generous nature to give a meal, a smile, a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on will be missed but truly never forgotten. Sonia is survived by Julius F. Hebert Jr. and their five children, Julius F. Hebert III and girlfriend Brandy Mullins, Caridad Hebert Blum and husband Jeffery Louis Blum, Lionel Joseph Hebert and wife Nicole Spano Hebert, Gary P. Hebert and wife Francis Scarlet Hebert, Christina Hebert Bourg and husband Jean Paul Bourg; one brother, Francisco and wife Judith Sterling; 10 grandchildren, Lilah Grace Hebert, Ella Olivia Hebert, Adam Sterling Blum, Jacob Louis Blum, Joseph James Hebert, Luke Anthony Hebert, Mia Francis Hebert, Sophia Francis Bourg, Olivia Christina Bourg, and Jean-Luc Marcel Bourg; niece, Jennifer Sterling and nephew Francisco J. Sterling The family would like to give a special thanks for their care and help, to the staff at Terrebonne General, the staff at Ochsner St. Mary, Morgan City Police Department and the Morgan City Fire Department, staff of Acadian Ambulance, and Dr. William Cefalu Jr.. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:00 am, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Following the services, Sonia will be laid to rest in the Morgan City Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be held after interment at the Elks Lodge, at 504 Second St. in Morgan City.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, April 9, 2021

Memories

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Carmen Comeaux

April 12, 2021

So sorry to hear about Sonia's sudden passing. I have many great memories of times spent with her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Kat Riley

April 10, 2021

Sonia had a beautiful voice and great personality. I’m a member of the Billeaudeaux family and often spent time with them in MC. Sonia and others would join us and we had tasty food and entertaining music at their “house parties “. A true Bon Temps!!

Cynthia Robinson

April 9, 2021

Some of my favorite memories of Sonia were at the Llagostera’s house playing cards. I would come with my change bag and leave with an empty Crown Royal bag and Sonia and Terrisita grinning ear to ear. What a great time everyone would have. Rest in peace sweet soul.

Ana Aucoin

April 8, 2021

Dear Family,

We were deeply saddened to hear that Sonia had suddenly passed away. Sonia was a dear friend to my family. She was vivacious and always the life of the party (of which there were many). I will never forget that shortly after my family arrived to Morgan City she immediately became a friend for life. May you all be blessed with wonderful memories.
Our deepest condolences,
Ana and Ricky Aucoin

Charlotte Mahfouz

April 8, 2021

We were so saddened to learn of Sonia’s sudden death. We always enjoyed being in her company .She was a caring & kind person. Please know our thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time.
Sincerely,
Tommy & Charlotte Mahfouz

Mary Carmen Gonzalez

April 7, 2021

Dear Family,

It is with great sorrow that we send our deepest condolences to all of you.
Sonia was a very special person, who opened her heart, and became your friend for life.
Those of us who had the honor of knowing her, will always treasure the happy memories we shared. May her memories be of comfort to all of you.

The Gonzalez Family

Marsha Gray

April 7, 2021

Dear family,

I am so sorry for your loss! Sonia was such a beautiful, wonderful, sweet and caring woman! Know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers!

Susan Duplantis

April 6, 2021

Dearest family,
I was so sad to hear of Sonia’s sudden passing. I always felt like she was a family member since she cared from Katelyn from a toddler to kindergarten. You kids were like sisters and brothers to her. That is how everyone was treated in Sonia’s house - like family. To this day that’s how I’d feel when I’d see Sonia like I was checking in on the family as we would exchange updates on everyone. I admired how you were all so close and that has everything to do with Sonia. Love and prayers to you all.

William F. Moore

April 6, 2021

Dear Friends, My favorite memory of Sonia, was Thanksgiving 1987 . It was fantastic, people everywhere, singing, games, food, a feast indeed. Now I know what a super energetic person she was; I even remember her Dad, Paco in the room. She took care of everybody, I saw her as the spark that kept the party going. She was an inspiration to me. Love never dies, you're remembered well, Sonia , my friend, sing on now in heaven. We'll meet again someday!

Brenda Garber

April 6, 2021

Dear Hebert Family,
I am so sorry for the sudden loss of your mom. She was such a beautiful and talented lady. May God comfort and sustain you during this time.
Sincerely,
Brenda Garber

FROM THE FAMILY