Mary Maria Espiau
Mary Maria Espiau
  • September 12, 1917 - August 23, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Mary (Manning) Espiau, a long time resident of Lake Vista, passed away on August 23, 2017, at the age of 99. Mary Maria Espiau was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi on September 12, 1917; daughter of Frank Wilson Manning and Mary Bell Assunta Segari.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Fernand Espiau, her loving daughter Pamela Larson, and her grandson Matt Espiau.

Mary spent many years in the Panama Canal Zone where she worked for the Signal Corps as an Air Traffic Controller (code name Bamboo). She loved her time serving as President of the Curundu Women's Club, working with handicapped children and was a Girl Scout leader.

Mary is survived by her five children, Claudia Donie, Garland, Texas; Eugenia Rood, Union, Kentucky; Fernand Espiau, Van, Texas; John Espiau, Houston, Texas; and Norma Lovett, Slidell, Louisiana.

She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 8 great great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Metairie Cemetery.

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