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“Mona was & is one of the strongest women I have ever known - fighting her cancer like friggin Rocky Balboa, enduring chemo for years & years & many,...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Mary Beth Dumas - Lafayette, LA

“Mona was my dearest friend when we were young and in nursing school. She talked me into moving to New Orleans. Our lives went in different directions...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Martha Bringhurst - Johnson City, TN

“I enjoyed meeting Mona and Tom while they visited family members, George and Willa (my friends)in Montana. I know that Mona was dearly loved and...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: ellie hardy - MT - Friend

“Rest In Peace Mona. You are dearly loved and missed. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Melanie Orwig - Mandeville, LA

“Mona, thank you for 22 great years. I will miss you terribly. I will love you always.Tom ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Thomas Dumas - LA - Spouse


Ramona "Mona" Risi Dumas, 66 years old of Holden, Louisiana, passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018, with her family by her side. She was born on February 13, 1952, in Millville, New Jersey to George Risi, Sr. and Eugenia Vit Risi. After graduating from nursing school in Georgia, she moved to Louisiana to be closer to family. In a nursing career that spanned 4 decades, she was involved in everything from hospice to caring for newborns and their mothers. In 1995, while taking canoeing lessons she met Tom, the love of her life. They spent 22 years of their lives together, sharing a love of laughter, the outdoors, and animals (especially her cats). Together they developed deep relationships with family and an extended circle of friends. Mona was a caring soul who never had a cross word to say about anyone. She will be deeply missed.

Mona is survived by her loving husband, Thomas "Tom" Dumas, her brother, George Risi, Jr. and his wife Willa Craig, her sisters, Pamela and Addie Anne Risi, her brother-in-law, David Dumas, Sr. and his wife Ann, her sisters-in-law, Donna Dumas Oster and her husband Kenny and Mary Beth Dumas, her nephews, Milan Risi and David Dumas, Jr. and his wife Melissa and her niece, Caitlin Masson. She is also survived by a great-niece, a great-nephew and many close friends.

Mona is preceded in death by her parents, George Risi, Sr. and Eugenia Vit Risi, and her nephew, Adam L. Oster.

Family, friends, and co-workers are invited to the visitation and memorial service. The visitation for Mona is on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond. The memorial service celebrating Mona's life will immediately follow visitation at 1:00 pm in the funeral home chapel.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local animal rescue organization.

Mona's guest book can be viewed at www.harrymckneely.com.