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Friday Faces of the Past: Hebert’s Long-time Neighbor


This is the last photo of Effie Trahan Vincent, who recently passed away at the ripe old age of 104 years. That’s right: she’s seen much in her one-hundred and four years! This fine lady was a long-time next door neighbor of my grandparents, Otto and Lucet (Broussard) Hebert, of Lafayette, Louisiana. She’s not officially in our family tree, but we were able to find distant relations. (If one goes back just a few generations, invariably, one would find relations. If the family’s been in Louisiana a few generations…no doubt: we’re related!)

“Ms. Moise”, as our family called her – her husband’s name was Moise – was very much interested in our family. The chain link fence bordering the properties was no deterrent to friendly greetings. When discussing Ms. Moise’s death, Mama noted that she was the one who counseled her to see the Dr for my fussiness as a newborn. She was quite pleased to know her advice was well taken, and as a result, I was put on supplemental formula. At that time, Mama and Daddy were living in a tiny bungalow just behind Mamom and Popop Otto’s house.

Whenever my sister and I would visit, there she was, at the fence, with her developmentally delayed daughter, “Chukin”, with a friendly smile and wave. “Chukin”, or Hilda, as I know know from the obit, had been an eager “babysitter” when I was an infant.

Another thing I recall, their home was always extremely well-kept. It was a tiny simple home on concrete blocks, with the standard concrete steps. The lawn was immaculate; the house painted a crisp white and always appeared freshly-painted. She did all her own work until just a few years ago, when, according to Mama, she and Chukin were placed in a nursing home together in the same room.

Arrangements have been made for Chukin to live with a niece or nephew in Texas. She was doing well, according to Mama who attended Ms. Moise’s viewing.

Below is my tribute to her on her memorial page:

“Rest in Peace Ms Moise. You and Chukin have been life-long friends for me. Every time I visited Mamom and Papop Otto (Hebert), next door, you’ve both always been so pleased to see me, and catch up on goings on. What a lovely spirit you had! The Lord allowed you to live for an amazingly long time, but now you are reunited with your husband and family. ‘Til we meet again!”

Obituary for Effie Trahan Vincent

1910 – 2015

Effie was born December 10, 1910 to John Trahan and Adeline Duhon. She met and married Moise Vincent. After raising three children on a farm, Effie and Moise moved to Lafayette where they worked for Trappey’s Cannery for over twenty years. Effie’s favorite hobbies were quilting, dancing to Cajun music, and working in her garden. Our beloved Effie Vincent lived life with continual optimism. Her warm smile and positive spirit will be missed by those who knew her.

After a century of caring for others, Effie Vincent passed away on January 10, 2015 at the age of 104.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Moise Vincent; her sons, Elix Vincent and Nolan Vincent; her parents, John Trahan and the former Adeline Duhon and grandchildren, Scott Vincent and Vicki Bailey.

She is survived by her daughter, Hilda Vincent; her loving grandchildren, Susan Vincent, Johnny Vincent, Nancy Curry, David Vincent, Peggy Cooper, Brian Vincent, Craig Vincent, and Lori Lawton; and extended family members.

The family would like to thank the numerous friends and family members who brightened Effie’s life.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM until time of services in Martin & Castille’s DOWNTOWN Lafayette location.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 in La Chapelle de Martin & Castille, DOWNTOWN, at 11:00 A.M.



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