Martha LaCoste Bergeron

Sept. 24, 1932 — Sept. 26, 2011

Martha LaCoste Bergeron, 79, a native of Bayou Shaffer and a resident of Amelia and Lafayette, passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at Magnolia Estate Nursing Home in Lafayette.

Martha was born on Sept. 24, 1932, the daughter of Richard H. LaCoste Sr. and Marie Ernestine Billiot. On Sept. 30, 1950, she married Earl J. “Tuttum” Bergeron, and he preceded her in death on April 27, 1998.

Martha served on the United Houma Nation Tribal Council for 20 years. In 1999, she received the United Houma Nation Pioneer Award for her tireless work on the Tribe’s bid for federal recognition and her effort in creating the tribal logo. She also served as Ward 9 St. Mary Parish Constable for 10 months and represented District 8 on the St. Mary Parish Council for nine months. Martha was a member of the Morgan City Chapter of AARP and also a past member of the Amelia Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include four children, Kathleen Bergeron of Lafayette, Deborah Bergeron of Lafayette, Kevin Paul Bergeron and wife Penny of Gibson, and Cynthia Bergeron of Lafayette; six grandchildren, Michelle Broussard and husband Shannon of Lafayette, Lisa Bergeron and husband Christopher of Bayou Black, Martinique Swift of Pineville, Anthony Paul Bergeron of Gibson, Heidi Anderson and husband John of Lafayette, and Mark Andrus and wife Katie of Lafayette. Martha also is survived by three sisters, Eva Dell Tabor of Amelia, Florence Breaux of Berwick, and Shirley Canty of Berwick; and one brother, Jerry Preston LaCoste of Amelia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Leola Elliott and Louise LeBlanc; and one brother, Richard LaCoste Jr.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Amelia. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at Twin City Funeral Home in Morgan City, with a rosary being said at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will resume Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Martha will be laid to rest in St. Anthony Cemetery in Bayou Black.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2644 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite 122, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.

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