Grand Coteau—A Celebration of Life will be held for, Lydia S. Sibille, at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2nd, 2018, at the Sibille Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Coteau; visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. until time of service. Pastor Gary Funderburk will conduct the service. Burial will follow in St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery.
Lydia, age 85, a native of Sunset and a resident of Lafayette, passed away on Thursday, March 29th, 2018, at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.
Lydia was a lifelong educator, throughout her career she taught at St. Ignatius, Edgar Martin Middle School and Judice Middle School. Later in her career she answered a calling, that she treasured dearly, that being working with special needs students. Lydia loved being outdoors working in the yard and tending to her garden. She was passionate about her family, friends and her Cajun Heritage. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren lovingly referred to her as Granny, Gran-Gran and Granola. It was said Lydia never met a stranger, loved to dance and she was known to be a real character. In the most recent years Lydia enjoyed swinging on her porch and watching the occasional jet fly above leaving a stream throughout the sky always wondering where they may be going. She loved deeply, unconditionally, and will be remembered for her contagious laugh. Lydia will be deeply missed by her family, friends and everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her son, Gino Sibille (Ann); daughter, Jan S. Gillum (Randy); brother, Lincoln Savoie (Maggie); 7 grandchildren, Ammie Robinson (Brandon), Crissy Greene (Sy), Mandy Stephens (Thomas), Hunter Sibille, Chase Sibille, Micah Gillum (Sarah), Aranda Gillum; 11 great-grandchildren, Alexis and Faith Robinson, McKenzie and Chloe Stephens, Eden, André, and Raphe Greene, Grace, Macie, Aden and Ben Gillum.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Horaist Sibille; parents, Deogene Savoie, Sr. and Constance Burleigh Savoie; son, Tommy Sibille; brothers, V.H., Odell, and J.D. Savoie; and her sisters, Bertha Mayo, Ethel McCormick and Louella Dorsey.
Pallbearers will be Lincoln Savoie, Chase Sibille, Brandon Robinson, Sy Greene, Aaron Dodge, Denny Dodge and Thomas Stephens.
The family would like to offer a sincere thanks to the staff of Maison de Lafayette, for their exceptional care, kindness and compassion, shown to Lydia over the past two and half years.
“Balancer sur la gallérie au ciel.” That’s how you say that in French chér!
Words of Comfort to the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Grand Coteau.
I was saddened to hear of Lydia's passing. My four children went to St. Ignatius Elementary, so she had an influence on them all. And, yes, I do remember her laughter. Rest in peace, dear Lydia. My condolences to all of her family and special friends.
Anna LemaireLAFAYETTE, LA
Any time I spoke to Miss Lydia I left the conversation feeling happier than when we started. She was a very sweet lady and a wonderful example of how to live a full life. May she rest in peace. We will be praying for her and the entire family as you go through the grieving process. Remember she is where we all hope to be some day.
Kurt RichardSunset, LA
I worked with and loved Lydia for many years. She really was a very special lady--to me and many others.
PAT fONTENOTsunset, LA
Rest in Peace
You will be missed !
Josh SavoieSan Antonio, TX
Gino, Ann and Jan,
So sorry to hear about Lydia. she was a dear friend and she will be missed.
Charlie and Paula GuilbeauNew Iberia, LA
You are all in our prayers. May the love and strength of our Lord Jesus and Abba Father surround your family.
Pam & Lynn CaninoRayne, LA