Grace Shaw Broussard

September 25, 1940September 15, 2020
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Grace Shaw Broussard, 79, died Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in a Lafayette hospital.

She was born and raised in Opelousas where she attended Opelousas High School and was a member of the marching band, playing the clarinet. After graduation, she attended Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans. She met her husband, Larry on a blind date when he was serving in the military and stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. They were married shortly thereafter and after several moves, they eventually relocated to Sulphur where she had been a resident for over 50 years. Grace was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, was a member of the Ladies Altar Society and the Catholic Daughters of America. She was also a member of the Charity Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, The Republican Women's Club, the Mermaid Club (water aerobics group at SPAR), the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, a local supper club, and the Krewe of Cosmos where she and Larry had previously reigned as the King and Queen. She enjoyed attending leisure learning classes at McNeese, playing Bunco and Pokeno with friends, and in her younger years, she was often found supporting her children on the ball field, at cheerleading/dance team events, or at a church function. She adored her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved spending time with them.

Survivors include her children, Joey Shaw and wife, Rosie of Lake Arthur, Monica Shaw Cowden and husband, Jay of Truckee, California; Kris Shaw Arabie and husband, Jerry of Seabrook, Texas, and Mary Shaw Marcantel and husband, Joseph of Colorado Springs, Colorado; her step-children, Peggy Lee Bergeaux of Mermentau, Sandra Henry and husband, Mark of Morse, and Harold Broussard and wife, Stephenee of Morse; her daughter-in-law, Bernadine Broussard of Mermentau; her sister, Carol Saltz of Gretna; her sisters-in-law, Emily Terracina of Baton Rouge and Jean Terracina of Lake Charles; twelve grandchildren; seventeen step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; forty-three step-great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her spouses, Larry Shaw of 38 years, and Willis Broussard of 18 years; her parents, Anthony and Annie Terracina; her step-son, James Broussard; her siblings, J.V. Terracina, Lucas Terracina, and Mary Grace Terracina.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, September 25, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sulphur. The Rev. Tim Goodly will officiate. Burial will be in Mimosa Pines Cemetery South in Carlyss under the direction of Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Shad Thomas, Kade Shaw, Blake Thomas, Matt Arabie, Vance Shaw, and Charlie Marcantel. Visitation is from 3-6:30 p.m. Thursday with a rosary service at 5:45 p.m. and from 9 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital and AMG Specialty Hospital of Lafayette for their excellent and compassionate care of Grace. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Joey Shaw and wife, Rosie, Son
  • Monica Shaw Cowden and husband, Jay, Daughter
  • Kris Shaw Arabie and husband, Jerry, Daughter
  • Mary Shaw Marcantel and husband, Joseph, Daughter
  • Peggy Lee Bergeaux, Step Daughter
  • Sandra Henry and husband, Mark, Step Daughter
  • Harold Broussard and wife, Stephenee, Step Son
  • Bernadine Broussard, Daughter-in-law
  • Carol Saltz, Sister
  • Emily Terracina, Sister-in-law
  • Jean Terracina, Sister-in-law
  • Larry Shaw, Husband of 38 years (deceased)
  • Willis Broussard, Husband of 18 years (deceased)
  • Anthony and Annie Terracina, Parents (deceased)
  • James Broussard, Step Son (deceased)
  • J.V. Terracina, Lucas Terracina, and Mary Grace Terracina, Siblings (deceased)
  • twelve grandchildren; seventeen step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; forty-three step-great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-great-grandchildren.

  • Shad Thomas
  • Kade Shaw
  • Blake Thomas
  • Matt Arabie
  • Vance Shaw
  • Charlie Marcantel


  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 24, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, September 25, 2020


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Laurabeth Cross

September 26, 2020

Mary, I will continue praying for your family. Your mom was such a beautiful lady inside and out. Im praying for peace for you, I know how hard this is. Love you!!

Mary Jane Field

September 24, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family. Grace was such a cherished friend. I have MANY fond memories over the years with Larry and Grace. My acquaintance with the Shaws began in the early 1980’s when I had the Sulphur High Golden Tor football season ticket right next to Grace! What game? It was nonstop chatter with the two of us sharing nursing stories, etc. LOL! Then we reconnected through the Krewe of Cosmos in 1994 when we were both on the Cosmos Court for the “Trip to the Orient”! What fun!! She made their gorgeous costumes and they glitzed them stone by stone. They outshined us all! A few years later, Grace was Larry's beautiful Queen of Cosmos and a year later Mike chose Larry to be the Captain of the Krewe of Cosmos when he was Krewe President! Those were such memorable moments and I feel very privileged that I was able to share them with such a special couple. In more recent years, once I became a member of ICCC , Grace and I visited often after daily mass. I loved her accent and her colorful personality. I will definitely miss her presence and her beautiful smile. She was such a sweet soul and a wonderful mother, wife, sister and friend. May she RIP with her beloved Larry (and Mr. Willis too)

Mary Terracina

September 24, 2020

She was a beautiful person inside and out. So glad I got the opportunity to get to visit with her and Willis and get to know them in 2017 when a bunch of us congregated at Canyon Lake Texas. I am so thankful for that time, it was priceless.

Kelly Danahay Taylor

September 24, 2020

I would like to send my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your mom. She loved all of you dearly and was so proud to be your mom. Keep her loving memories forever in your hearts.

Pam LaBorde

September 23, 2020

I met Grace in 1993 where we belonged to a Sulphur Supper Club. We had such memorable times together!! We shared laughs , love, and friendship for many years!! She was a great friend and loved life and her family so much!! My love is extended to her children who I have had the pleasure of celebrating life with Grace!! She is an awesome example to her family of God’s love and serving others. A wonderful legacy she has left behind and will be remembered forever. Much love, Pam LaBorde♥️😇

Jolie Zachary

September 22, 2020

To Joey, Monica, Chris, Mary,
So saddened to learn of Grace’s passing. She was a good friend. We had a lot in common including our children. We both grew up in St. Landry Parish, went to nursing school, and worked together for many years in home health. She will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Karen Parr Moise

September 17, 2020

Carol, I only met your sister once at one of our Charity Hospital Alumni luncheons. I did not get to know her but know how close you were. I am so sorry. Love and prayers.

Stephanie Wilson

September 17, 2020

Mary, your mom will be missed by so many. She was definitely one of a kind. I will never forget the fun times had at your house growing up....especially when Grace was on a roll!

De Ann Derbonne Pacheco

September 16, 2020

Grace had a colorful personality and was the head of her family and everyone knew it. She even kept me in check from time to time but I always loved seeing her...she always asked about my mom and Dad but most of all she knew I loved her son unconditionally as he is a bestie. She loved her "Laaaaaarry" as she pronounced it being from Opelousas. When Joe, Albert,Durrell and I were going to Europe...we went to her house to pick up Joe... it was raining so hard and she was so worried about us having umbrellas and making sure we were good. We had to remind her we were flying into Amsterdam where odds were it wasn't raining. She said "well whatever bring an umbrella cuz i said so" totally Grace...the real General. You knew where you stood with her and im proud to say ...she loved me. Bam.


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