OBITUARY

Ina Henry Sarkies

January 3, 1933January 15, 2021

NEW IBERIA – Ina Henry Sarkies, age 88, a resident of New Iberia passed away after a long battle with Alzheimers, while being cared for at Landmark of Acadiana on January 15, 2021 at 11:00 pm.

Ina was the fourth of seven children born to Adam and Amelia Fontenot Henry in Beaver, La. on January 3, 1933. She graduated from Pine Prairie High School in 1951 and then from T.H. Harris Vo-Tech School in Opelousas in the secretarial curriculum.

Ina moved to New Iberia in 1953, where she met and married John Joseph Sarkies. After raising her family, she attended USL and graduated with a degree in library Science. She then earned a Master’s Degree from LSU. She worked at N.I.S.H. as the Librarian, where she retired after 20 years of service.

After retirement, Ina’s love of travel took her to all fifty states and many countries around the world. She also loved cooking Lebanese food and visiting with family and friends.

She is survived by her three sons, Michael Thomas Sarkies and wife Pat (née Savoy) of Carencro, Joseph Patrick Sarkies and wife Susan (née Harris) of Carencro, and Donald James Sarkies and wife Connie (née Derise) of New Iberia, five grandchildren, Ryan Sarkies and partner Dez Rivers, Rachel Sarkies Guidry and husband Chad, Victoria Sarkies Racca and husband Andryw, Nicholas Paul Sarkies and wife Katelyn (née Huckaby) and Sadie Jo Sarkies Rauschenbach and husband Ian; along with twelve great-grandchildren, Rhett Thomas Sarkies, Patrick James Sarkies, Sophia Louise Rauschenbach, Harrison Thomas Rauschenbach, Amelia Jade Guidry, Waylon Joseph Racca, Henry Raymond Racca, Aiden Jay Sarkies, Tyr Alexander Sarkies, Joseph Whitney Sarkies, Freya Magnolia Sarkies, and Ember Anaisse Sarkies.

She is preceded in death by her husband John; parents; four sisters Lessie, Adele, Eileen and Carrie; and brothers, Y.L. and M.L.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted for Mrs. Sarkies at 10:30 am on Wednesday, January 20, 2020 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Fr. William Blanda will officiate. Interment will follow at Holy Family Mausoleum when Mrs. Sarkies will be laid to rest alongside her husband.

A gathering of family and friends will take place at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 am until the service time. A rosary will be prayed by Deacon John George Sarkies at 10:00 am.

Pall bearers will be Ryan Sarkies, Nicholas Sarkies, Rhett Sarkies, Andryw Racca, Paul Aillett and Ken Lissard. A special thanks to Mrs. Sue Breaux for her love, devotion and kindness to Ms. Ina’s care and our family. Thanks also to the staff at Azalea Assisted Living and Landmark of Acadiana Nursing Homes.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

To view the on-line obituary and sign the guest register, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com.

Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Michael Thomas Sarkies (Pat), Son
  • Joseph Patrick Sarkies (Susan), Son
  • Donald James Sarkies (Connie), Son
  • Ryan Sarkies, Grandchild
  • Rachel Sarkies Guidry, Grandchild
  • Victoria Sarkies Racca, Grandchild
  • Nicholas Sarkies, Grandchild
  • Sadie Jo Sarkies Rauschenbach, Grandchild
  • John Sarkies, Husband (deceased)
  • Adam Henry, Father (deceased)
  • Amelia Fontenot Henry, Mother (deceased)
  • Yves Leon "Y.L." Henry, Brother (deceased)
  • Milton Leroy "M.L" Henry, Brother (deceased)
  • Adelle H. Mock, Sister (deceased)
  • Eileen Thornberry, Sister (deceased)
  • Lessie Fuglar, Sister (deceased)
  • Carrie Henry, Sister (deceased)
  • She also leaves behind to charish here memory along with twelve great-grandchildren, Rhett Thomas Sarkies, Patrick James Sarkies, Sophia Louise Rauschenbach, Harrison Thomas Rauschenbach, Amelia Jadee Guidry, Waylon Joseph Racca, Henry Raymond Racca, Aiden Jay Sarkies, Tyr Alexander Sarkies, Joseph Whitney Sarkies, Freya Magnolia Sarkies, and Ember Anaisse Sarkies.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ryan Sarkies
  • Nicholas Sarkies
  • Rhett Sarkies
  • Andryw Racca
  • Paul Aillett
  • Ken Lissard

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021

  • Rosary

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021

  • A Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Memories

Ina Henry Sarkies

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Cynthia Witt

January 21, 2021

May God put my Aunt, Ina Sarkies, in a special place where she will be watching us, the people who loved and cherished her!!✝️. Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that I feel for the passing of your mother. Please accept my condolences!!!✝️🙏🏻❤️ Healing prayers for her sons and their families Mike and Pat; Joe and Susan; Donald and Connie!!!❤️🥰✝️🙏🏻

Carolyn Bienvenu

January 20, 2021

Thank you Ina for all your years of dedicated service to Delta Kappa Gamma and our Alpha Omega chapter. Your devotion to furthering education was inspiring.

Gerald Oubre

January 18, 2021

Mike and family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Susan Garcia

January 17, 2021

Ina was a very special person. We traveled to LSU together to work on our MLS degrees, as well as to many library conferences. I was amazed by what she accomplished after her children were grown. We should all be blessed with her courage, perseverance, and optimism. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know that she will be remembered with great affection.

John Berard

January 17, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of her passing....Your family has my deepest sympathy...she was a dedicated educator and an interesting lady...always loved to talk to her.....you all will be in my prayers

Roberta Williams

January 17, 2021

Wonderful lady. Always so helpful to us in the library at school. She was a very special person.

Elise Bosworth

January 16, 2021

Ms. Ina was a very sweet lady. I had the privilege of meeting her when I was working with her son, Joe Sarkies.
My condolences to all the family.

Katie Champagne

January 16, 2021

She was one unforgettable teacher!! Sweet lady!! I had no idea she was at Landmark! My Mom was also there!!
Prayers out to the family!!
❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️

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