July 1, 1925 ~ Dec. 4, 2011

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at 3 p.m., at the Church of Assumption for Mrs. Alma Blanchard Miguez, 86, a native of Pierre Part and a longtime resident of Franklin, who passed away Sunday, December 4, 2011, at 11:40 a.m., at the Franklin Health Care Center. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Baldwin. Father Lloyd Benoit will officiate the services.

Alma was a devoted wife and mom while working side by side with her husband, Ory, in their photography business for 58 years. She especially cherished the times she was able to travel with her husband on photography assignments as far away as Mexico and Europe.

She was well known as a talented portrait oil colorist working with photographs taken by her husband and later her son, Ken. Many generations of clients proudly display beautiful hand painted portraits that she created.

Alma was a member of the Church of Assumption, Ladies Altar Society and was a member of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Hardcastle and her husband, William “Dub” of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one son, Kenny Miguez and his wife, Kay, of New Iberia; one sister, Lucille Gaudet of Belle River; two grandsons, Jeff Hardcastle and his wife, Donna, of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Brent Hardcastle of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two great granddaughters, Aubrey and Sara Hardcastle; one sister-in-law, Eula Mae Black of Franklin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ory J. Miguez; an infant son; her parents, Jules Blanchard Sr. and Myrthe Crochet Blanchard; three brothers, Abel, Claude and Jules Blanchard Jr. and eight sisters, Agatha Hernandez, Mattie Vaughan, Hattie LeBlanc, Delta Daigle, Rita Daigle, Nilda Vaughan, Loretta Sedatol and Winnie Leonard.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Mrs. Alma’s caregiver and friend, Karen Hebert, as well as to Eula Mae Black, Boni Ritter, Mary Daigle, Ceraline Templet and Butch and Diane Daigle.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Wednesday at Ibert’s Mortuary, from 10 a.m. until Mass time, with the rosary being prayed at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The Elizabeth Richard Center, 3917 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale, AR 72764 or the Iberia Humane Society, P.O. Box 11422, New Iberia, LA 70562.

To view the online obituary and memory book, please visit www.iberts.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary, Inc. of Franklin.

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