Marilyn Mayhall Richoux
Marilyn Mayhall Richoux
  • October 28, 1937 - September 21, 2017
  • Kenner, Louisiana

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Marilyn Mayhall Richoux, born October 28, 1937, entered eternal rest on September 21, 2017. Shrouded by heaven's grace, she was peacefully welcomed into God's arms after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Beloved wife of Ralph A. Richoux, Sr. for 58 years. She is survived by two sons and one daughter. Ralph A., Jr. and his wife Karen Vicknair, Renee R. Keiser and her husband Mark, Matt and his wife Allison Fitkin, and daughter-in-law Stacy Hebert, (Mrs. Gregory C.) Devoted grandmother of Ralph A. Richoux III, Ainsley A. Richoux, Evan C. Richoux, Alexandra J. Keiser, Elise M. Richoux, Katherine A Richoux, Paul D. Keiser and Matthew T. Richoux. Sister of Elizabeth M. (Ferol) Simoneaux. Predeceased by her parents, Carney A. Mayhall, Jr. of Wilson, Louisiana and Mamie Alice Louviere Mayhall, of Union, Louisiana, her sister Phyllis M. (Peter, Sr.) Barraco, her brother Robert Allen Mayhall and her beloved daughter and son, Armande Elizabeth Richoux and Gregory Christopher Richoux.

Marilyn lived her 79 years enjoying life to the fullest She loved gardening, cooking, good books, bible study, playing tennis, and especially planning family gatherings. Her family was the center of her world. She participated in her children’s school activities and served as a Girl Scout leader. She loved to sing and was a founding member of the Community Chorus of the River Parishes and always sang in her church choirs, presently St. Charles Borromeo. She was fervently patriotic and civic minded, being a member of the Norco and St. Charles Women’s Clubs, the Ormond Civic Assn., and a charter member of The Republican Women of St. Charles Parish. She served on the St. Charles Parish Planning & Zoning Board and the Master Plan Steering Committee. She was a founding member of the St. Charles Historical Foundation, which later became the St. Charles Museum Historical Assn., and The St. Charles Beautification Task Force. She assisted in the founding of The German Coast Farmer’s Market, serving on the board, most recently as President. She belonged to the River Region Arts & Humanities Council and The Ladies Leukemia League of the Gulf South.

She co-authored “St. Charles Parish Louisiana, A Pictorial History”, a labor of love which took years in the making. She and the three other authors were honored by the St. Charles Parish Rotary Club in 2013 by being named Citizens of the year. She was a recipient of the East Jefferson General Hospital Auxiliary’s 2015 Great Lady/Great Gentlemen Award, which recognizes the generous efforts of outstanding community volunteers.

Marilyn’s family extends their deepest gratitude for the devotion shown by her extraordinary care-givers during the last year of her life, notably Dr. Stephen Kantrow, Je’ná Hampton and the director Dr. Dan Larriviere and staff of the ALS Ochsner Clinic. To her faithful, loving sitters, Melanie Bordelon Passman, Johanna Jordan Triche, Tysha Hill, and Leah Guidry, and to the caretakers and staff at Inspired Living Center of Kenner, Pulse Home Health, and Guardian Angel Hospice.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral services, conducted by Monsignor Harry J. Bugler, on Friday, September 29, 2017, at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 13396 River Road in Destrehan. Visitation will be from 10:30a.m. to 12:30p.m., followed by a mass of Christian burial, and interment in St. Charles Borromeo mausoleum. Her wish was for her family and friends to rejoice in her memory and to celebrate her life with smiles, laughter and love. In lieu of flowers, Marilyn requested and would greatly appreciate donations be sent to The Ladies Leukemia League of the Gulf South, or to the ALS Association.

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