Shirley Cecile LeMaire

December 14, 1925April 26, 2013

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Miss Shirley LeMaire, 87, at Saint Peter's Catholic Church on Saturday May 4th at 2:00 p.m. The Reverend Charles Langlois will be the celebrant. Interment will follow at Holy Family Mausoleum.

Visitation will be held at Evangeline Funeral Home starting at 9:00 a.m. with the Rosary to be recited at 11:00 a.m.

A native and lifelong resident of New Iberia, Shirley graduated from New Iberia High School, attended SLI for one year, and graduated from Hotel Dieu School of Nursing in 1946. While at Hotel Dieu, she was selected to be a member of the US Cadet Nurse Corps. After graduation, she worked as a private duty nurse until she joined the staff of Dauterive Hospital where she worked for forty-three years. During her nursing career, she received many awards including Nurse of the Year, Employee of the Year, and had a nursing scholarship named in her honor. Hospital Administrator, Robert Woodring, wrote about Shirley "No one is a stranger to Miss Shirley. No one is a bother to Miss Shirley. She always seems to have some time and love to share with others!" Shirley was also involved with and volunteered for many civic organizations. She was a charter member and past president of The American Women's Business Association, and was named Woman of the Year in 1980 and 2002. She was a life-long blood donor, volunteered for the Council on Aging, and belonged to the American Heart Association and AARP. She loved traveling, writing poetry, and especially enjoyed her creative writing class. In addition to her civic involvement, she was a lector at Saint Peter's Church for many years. She was also an active member of the Lay Carmelites and received the Marion Award for her various religious activities.

Survivors include her nieces, Mary Dell Roberts, Elizabeth Moore and her husband Robert, and Lily Roberts; nephew, Mark Roberts, seven great- nieces and nephews; and a great-great niece and nephew. We will all miss her wit, her wisdom, and her love.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, C. Dudley and Myrtle LeMaire; infant brother, C. Dudley LeMaire Jr.; sister, Ouida May Roberts; brother-in-law, William J. Roberts Sr.; and nephew William J. Roberts Jr.

Pallbearers will be Roland Theriot, Ray Flores, Joseph Moore, Anthony Corkern, Daniel Roberts, Brian Domingue, and Brian Danos.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Captain Lindsay Roberts and Chad Smith.

Special thanks to Dr. Carl Ditch and staff, Acadian Home Health, Heart of Hospice (Especially Allison Cantrall, Elaine Bourda, and Amanda Perret), her Eucharistic Ministers Mrs. Virgie Marshall, and Dr. Michael Halphen. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to Debra Hill, Sheila Romero and all of her wonderful caregivers for their love and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2750 Lake Villa Drive, Suite 203, Metairie, LA 70002.

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Evangeline Funeral Homes, Inc. of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 4, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, May 4, 2013
  • Rosary Service Saturday, May 4, 2013

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Linda Sarkies

May 4, 2013

Miss Shirley was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. She had such a loving attitude. Our prayers are with the family.


John and Linda Sarkies

May 3, 2013

I shall miss you, all your wonderful stories, laughter, visits, & your excitement of life. Your life was inspiration for us all. May you be blessed on your new journey. Cheryl Meyer

the courts family

May 3, 2013

Miss Shirley was one of our families favorite nurses, whenever one of us went to Dauterive Hospital, as soon as Miss Shirley came into the room, we felt much better, because we knew we were in the best caring hands we could ever be in, our prayers and thoughts are with everyone

American Heart Association

May 2, 2013

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Beverly Lucas-Morgan

May 1, 2013

Because of my schedule, being a nurse as well, I am not going to be able to attend the services for Shirley on Saturday.
I loved going to St Peter Street to see Shirley, Aunt Myrtle & Uncle Dudley, as a little girl. I loved working, while I was in nursing school, with her on the floor. I guess we can say that it runs in the "Viator" family. I know that she will be dearly missed by all who knew & loved her.
All my love to our family
Beverly Lucas Morgan
Spring, Texas

Corleen Aucoin Rouly

May 1, 2013

Ms. Shirley was an inspiration to every person she met. How fortunate I now feel to have been one of her "people". My sincerest condolences to her family and friends.

John Berard

May 1, 2013

Your family has my deepest sympathy. She was a friend to our family all these years. You all will be in my prayers.....John

Janet Thibodaux

April 30, 2013

My deepest condolences to Ms. Shriley's family. She worked with my dad Herbert Thibodaux (Tibby) at Dauterive Hospital when it was near Mt. Carmel school. We all loved her so much, I am sure he was there to meet her when she arrived in Heaven. She will be sadly missed.

Deedy Francois

April 30, 2013

You and your family are in our thoughts. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Deedy LaBauve Francois and Family

Joanne Majkowski

April 29, 2013

Shirley "Miss LeMaire" was a dedicated nurse and an awsome mentor. She easied many new nurses into the task of nursing at Dauterive Hospital. I had the prividlege of being one of those nurses. After retirement she continued community service by volunteering her nursing expertise. Thank you, Miss LeMaire for the many practical things you taught me about caring for patients.

Joanne Degeyter Majkowski,RN