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Elsie Fourroux Messina

September 11, 1927September 11, 2020
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Mrs. Elsie Marie Fourroux Messina went to eternal rest with Our Lord surrounded by family on the afternoon of September 11, 2020, on her 93rd birthday, after a brief illness. Elsie experienced a long and happy life caring for and spending time with her family. Elsie received much joy in travelling throughout the United States and trips abroad to Australia, Medugorje and Italy with family and friends. A recreational pursuit that she fancied later in life was soaring in hot air balloons. She also spent time preparing delicious meals enjoyed by her family and friends for many years. Elsie and her late husband were very supportive of their children’s endeavors as evidenced by many volunteer hours with the Kenner Blue Bells, Westgate Playground Booster Club and Westgate Elementary PTA. She also participated in her labor of love at her sewing machine creating wardrobes, baton twirling and dancing costumes for her daughters. Elsie was a member of the Mature Adult Club at Divine Mercy Catholic Church. After many years of devotion to her family and faith, she received the Regina Matrum Outstanding Catholic Mother Award in 2006. Elsie was supportive in the local, regional and national events of the Down Syndrome Communities.

Elsie is the daughter of the late Albert Joseph and Elise Fourroux. Her deceased siblings are Albert J. Fourroux(JoAnn, deceased) and Lila Templet. Her husband of 25 years was the late Roy Paul Messina. Elsie is survived by her four children Paula LaCour(Kirby “Joe”), Debbie Lazarine(Robert), Lori Phenis and Paul Messina(Annette). Elsie’s eight grandchildren are Megan LaCour, Hannah LaCour, Robert Lazarine, Jr.(Kristen), Christopher Lazarine(Erin), Joshua Phenis(Darralann), Jason Phenis, Clare Messina and Roy Messina(Beth). Elsie is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, Luke Lazarine, Addison Lazarine, Caleb Lazarine, Joseph Lazarine, Cohen Phenis, Kroy Phenis and Julietta Phenis. Family and friends are invited to bid a fond farewell to Elsie and to share precious memories of her with each other during visitation at Divine Mercy Parish from 10:00AM to 12:00PM on Monday, September 14, 2020. A Catholic mass celebrating the Life of Elsie will begin at 12:00PM at Divine Mercy Parish. Divine Mercy Parish is located at 4337 Sal Lentini Parkway, Kenner, Louisiana, 70065. Interment will follow the Mass in Metairie Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests a donation in her name to Down Syndrome Association of New Orleans, P. O. Box 23453, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70183-3453.


  • Visitation

    Monday, September 14, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, September 14, 2020


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Mark Griswold

September 12, 2020

Elsie was our beloved neighbor in Westgate for many years. She was a dear friend to my parents. She and my mother loved to go on long walks together. She was a beautiful soul. Our sincere condolences to all of her loved ones.

Barbara Sonnier

September 12, 2020

Such a beautiful and classy lady. She will be greatly missed. Love and prayers for her family and friends. RIP Aunt Elsie

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