March 6, 1931 — August 5, 2012

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Patterson for Mrs. Betty Arsena Rabalais, 81, a native and resident of Patterson, who passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at her home. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery.

Survivors include her sons, Robert Rabalais and his wife Alecia of Patterson and Steve Rabalais and his wife Colleen of Lafayette; a daughter-in-law, Nanette Rabalais of Lafayette; eight grandchildren, Chris Rabalais, Matthew Rabalais, Victoria Rabalais, Aimee Rabalais, Marc Rabalais, Lindsay Rabalais, Lauren Rabalais and Amanda Rabalais; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merrill Jerome Rabalais; one son, Ronald Anthony Rabalais; her parents, Bernard “Ben” Arsena and Mary Carlino Arsena; one great-granddaughter, Sailor Reeves Rabalais; and one brother, Benny Arsena.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Tuesday, Aug. 7, at St. Joseph Catholic Church from 11 a.m. until the time of Mass at 1 p.m., with the rosary being prayed at 12:30 p.m.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary Inc., 1111 Lia St., Patterson, LA 70392, 985-395-7873.

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