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Obituary: Agnes Mavis Angelle Finley, Red Jackets, 1938-41 – July 13, 2005

One of Original Red Jackets Buried July 18, 2005

BREAUX BRIDGE – Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 18, 2005, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breaux Bridge for Agnes Mavis Angelle Finley, 84, who died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette.

Interment was in St. Bernard Cemetery No. 2 in Breaux Bridge.

Monsignor Harry Benefiel was the celebrant of the funeral Mass.

Mrs. Finley was a school teacher for 30 years and was retired. She was a member of the St. Martin Parish Association of Retired Teachers, the U.L.L. Alumni Association and various civic organizations. She was a parishioner of St. Bernard Catholic Church and had served on the parish council and was member of the Altar Society and the Catholic Daughters of America. She also served on the school and foundation boards of St. Bernard Catholic School in Breaux Bridge.

Survivors include three sons, Kent David and his wife, Linda Goll Finley, of New Orleans, Robert Angelle "Rocky" Finley, of Breaux Bridge, and Mark Warren and his wife, Sharon Laviolette Finley, of Broussard; two daughters, Cynthia Louise Finley Nolan and her husband, Michael, of New Orleans, and Bess Browning Finley Dolan and her husband, James, of Bellaire, Texas; her sister, Gloria Angelle Kern, of Breaux Bridge; 14 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Kent Finley; her parents, Robert "Bob" and Madge Begnaud Angelle; her grandson, Bryan David Finley; and her sister, Joyce Angelle Doucet.

Visitation was observed from noon until 9 p.m. Sunday and continued from 7 a.m. Monday until time of service.

A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Sunday evening.

Pallbearers were her six grandsons, Kevin Finley, Gregory and Scott Nolan, Brandon Paul Finley, Derek Mark Finley and Trevor Warren Finley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Bernard School, 251 E. Bridge St., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517.

Pellerin Funeral Home of Breaux Bridge, (337) 332-2111, was in charge of arrangements.

To view on-line obituary, sign guestbook and view video tribute, go to www.pellerinfuneralhome.com

Originally published July 15, 2005

Mavis’ footnotes: 
I earned my B.A. in 1941 with a major in History and a minor in English and Social Sciences. I returned to school for graduate studies and was awarded my M.Ed. in Elemantary Education in 1974.

Warren Kent Finley and I were married in 1941.

Robert J. Angelle Music Building was named after my father.  He was Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives and instrumental in obtaining funding for the building.  At that time, the building was named Angelle Hall. After his death in 1979, the name was changed to the Robert J. Angelle Building.  Willis Ducrest was the head of the Music Department at that time.  Papa attended SLII and all three of his daughters graduated from SLI.

I participated in the Women’s Athletic Association from 1937-41 (besides P.E.).  Vesta Bourgeois started the WAA to give women an opportunity to letter, receive jackets or blankets – just like the boys, even though there was no competitive sports with other colleges for women.

I was in the Newman Club from 1938-41 and TRI SIGMA Sorority, 1939 – 41, and served as corresponding secretary.

Our five children all graduated from UL.

Louella Angelle Broussard and I represented the Red Jackets for many years until two cancers limited my activities.  I am fortunate that I am now cancer-free.