Mary Louise BROUSSARD

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Left: Page one of funeral program. Top right: 4877 Lee Ave in St. Louis, Missouri (red “x” on roof). Bottom right: Mary Louise at my brother’s 1984 high school graduation

Name: Mary Louise BROUSSARD

Known AKA: Lou, Sistah (affectionally called by her sister Helen)

Surname Variations: BRAUSSARD

DOB: 6 May 1924 in Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA

DOD: 7 Jul 2001 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Father: Burness BROUSSARD Sr

Mother: Setular LOVAN (Lavan/Lavanne/Laven/Lavene/Lavenne/Lavant/Levan/Loven/Laverne/Lavergne/Lovine/Levine)

Siblings: Alton Bruce, Alston D/Al, Burness/Burnie Jr, Henry George, Helen Mae, Lawrence, Alfred, Dorothy May, Gladys Beatrice

Spouse: Willie Bob GREGORY Sr

Children: Curtis Allen, Sandra, Deborah, Linda, Willie Bob Jr

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Left: Page two of funeral program. Right: Jefferson County, Texas marriage index

6 May 1924: Birth in Port Arthur, Jefferson, Texas, USA (Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA birth certificate; St. Louis, Missouri death certificate)

1930: Resident of Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA (1930 Census)

1935: Resident of Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA (1940 Census)

1940: Resident of Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA (1940 Census)

27 Dec 1945: Marriage to Willie Bob GREGORY Sr (Jefferson County, Texas, USA marriage record)

1944-2001: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA (St. Louis, Missouri, USA 1946 birth certificate of her first born, Curtis Allen GREGORY gives her stay in the community for two years prior to that which is why I start this residency at the year 1944)

7 Jul 2001: Death in St. Louis, Missouri, USA (St. Louis, Missouri, USA death certificate; United States Social Security Index; Calvary Cemetery & Mausoleum)

12 Jul 2001: Burial in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

NOTES:

Grandmama was a beautiful, good-hearted and caring woman. We were the recipients of her never ending generosity for which I could never ever repay her for. She was a good cook! I used to sit at the kitchen table and watch her. I regret that I spent more time eating her delicious food than learning the recipes from her. She was great at gardening, sewing and interior decoration. She even re-upholstered and painted her own furniture. And she didn’t play when it came to us jumping on the beds and playing with her chandeliers. Everyone was welcome in her house and she was quite the hostess as evidenced by Sunday family gatherings and holidays. One of my fondest memories was of riding the bus and when we got on Lee Ave, I would let the window down, searching for her, great-aunt Helen or both of them sitting out on the front porch (during the spring/summer). If I spotted them, I would yell out the window at them and wave. I didn’t care if I was too loud and annoyed everyone on the bus, I had to give a shout out to my elders. Grandmama died of breast cancer. She is gone but not forgotten and this page will be a testament to such a kind and memorable woman.

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Left: Page three of funeral program. Right: Headstone for Mary Louise, her husband Willie Bob and son Curtis. Her name has not yet been inscribed, I have no idea why. I hope we can do that soon

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

1924 Texas Birth Certificate
http://bit.ly/17XJ5Ql

TEXAS STATE BOARD OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTIS
STANDARD CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH

Place of birth
1. County: Jefferson
City: Port Arthur
2. Full name of child: Mary Broussard
3. Sex of child: female 4. Twin, triplet, or other:
5. Number in order of birth: 8
6. Father full name: Burness Broussard
7. Residence: 727-6-rear
8. Color: colored
Age at last birthday: 34 years
9. Birthplace: St. Martinsville La
10. Occupation: laborer
11. Number of children born to this mother, including present birth: 8
12. Legitimate: yes
13. Date of birth: May 6, 1924
14. Mother full name: Setular Lavan
15. Residence: 727-6-rear 16. Color: colored
Age at last birthday: 33 years
17. Birthplace: St. Martinsville La
18. Occupation: H-wife
CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDING PHYSICIAN OR MIDWIFE
19. I hereby certify that I attended the birth of this child, who was born alive at 1 a.m. on the date above stated.
Signature: Dr. T.W. Young Jr (Phyisican or midwife)
Address: 816 Proctor
Filed: 6-10-1924
Registrar: Pat Reed

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Left: Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas birth certificate. Right: Jefferson County, Texas birth index

1930 Texas Census
Jefferson County, Port Arthur city (pt of)
Enumeration District No. 123-68, Supervisor’s District No. 27, Sheet No. 6A-6B
Enumerated on 5 Apr 1930
Accessed 12 Jul 2010
Roosevelt Ave
Image 383-384 of 1035 on Archive.org
Image 383, Sheet No. 6A, Line 46-50, Archive.org http://bit.ly/1cTCY16
Image 384, Sheet No. 6B, Line 51-54, Archive.org http://bit.ly/K7szIw
Family Search http://bit.ly/1lhUhgG

Notes: Bernice=Burness. Alton BROUSSARD’s household is underneath Burness Sr’s household, sheet no. 6B, lines 55-57 (with wife Celestine and son Henry G). The baby of the family, Gladys, was born after the 1930 census.

Sheet No. 6A, Lines 46-50

BERNICE BROUSSARD: street, avenue, road: Roosevelt Ave, house #848, # dwelling house visited: 106, # family visited: 119, head of household, home owned or rented: O, value of home: $2000, does this family live on a farm: no, male, Neg, b. 1891, 39yrs, married, age at 1st marriage: 20, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, could read/write/speak English, born in LA, both parents born in LA, occupation: truck driver, industry: City Water Dept, class of worker: W, whether actually at work: yes, whether a U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any water or expedition: no

SETULAR BROUSSARD: wife, letter H means she gave the info for household, female, Neg, b. 1893, 38yrs, married, age at 1st marriage: 16, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, could read/write/speak English, born in LA, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

ALSTON BROUSSARD: son, male, Neg, b. 1912, 18yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, can read/write/speak English, born in LA, both parents born in LA, occupation: carpenter – helper, industry: building, class of worker: W, whether actually at work: no, line # for unemployed: 17

BERNICE BROUSSARD JR: son, male, Neg, b. 1913, 16yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: yes, can read/write/speak English, born in LA, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

HELEN BROUSSARD: daughter, female, Neg, b. 1918, 12yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: yes, can read/write/speak English, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

Sheet No. 6B, Lines 51-54

LAWRENCE BROUSSARD: son, does this family live on a farm: no, male, Neg, b. 1919, 11yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: yes, can read/write/speak English, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

ALFRED BROUSSARD: son, male, Neg, b. 1923, 7yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: yes, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

MARY L BROUSSARD: daughter, female, Neg, b. 1925, 6yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

DOROTHY M BROUSSARD: daughter, female, Neg, b. 1928, 2 1/2yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

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Top: 1930 Texas census, page 1 of Burness Broussard Sr’s household. Middle: 1930 Texas census, page 2 of Burness Broussard Sr’s household. Bottom: 1940 Texas census

1940 Texas Census
Jefferson County, Port Arthur City, J.P. [Justice Precinct] 2, Ward: Area B (part), Block Nos 416-417
S.D. No. 42-2, E.D. No. 123-94, Sheet No. 11B
Enumerated on 8 April 1940
Image 22 of 32 on FamilySearch.org
Lines 60-66
Family Search http://bit.ly/1bh6ToH
Internet Archive (not available)

Notes: Bernice=Burness Sr. Setuler=Setular. FamilySearch.org transcribes Burness Sr’s name as Bernia and Ancestry.com as Bernice.

BERNICE BROUSSARD: head of household, address: 848 Roosevelt Ave, # of household in order of visitation: 200, rented or owned home: blank, value of home: 2020, does the household live on a farm: no, sex: male, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 49 [estimated year of birth 1891], marital status: married, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: no, highest grade of school completed: 2, place of birth: LA, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: yes, # of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 48, occupation: laborer, industry: water dept city, class of worker: PW, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 52, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 1040, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

SETULER BROUSSARD: x inside a circle after her name (she gave household information to the enumerator), wife of Bernice, address: 848 Roosevelt Ave, # of household in order of visitation: 200, rented or owned home: blank, value of home: 2020, does the household live on a farm: no, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 46 [estimated year of birth 1894], marital status: married, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: no, highest grade of school completed: 2, place of birth: LA, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: no, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 0, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

HELEN BROUSSARD: daughter of Bernice, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 19 [estimated year of birth 1920], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: no, highest grade of school completed: 7, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: no, If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, Was this person SEEKING WORK? (Yes or No): yes (new worker), # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 0, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

ALFRED BROUSSARD: son of Bernice, sex: male, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 16 [estimated year of birth 1924], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: no, highest grade of school completed: 7, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: yes, # of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 48, occupation: clerk, industry: grocery store, class of worker: PW, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 52, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 676, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

Top: The apartment building my father and his parents lived in at the time of his birth in 1946. This house looks vaguely familiar. I know that we also lived on McMillan Ave but I'm not sure of the address. There is a picture of my mother standing in front of a building on McMillan Ave that I need to get hold of and compare between the two. Bottom: The apartment building on St. Louis Ave where four generations of Gregory's lived (our family, grandparents and my grandfather's father)

Top: The apartment building my father and his parents lived in at the time of his birth in 1946. This house looks vaguely familiar. I know that we also lived on McMillan Ave but I’m not sure of the address. There is a picture of my mother standing in front of a building on McMillan Ave that I need to get hold of and compare between the two. Bottom: The apartment building on St. Louis Ave where four generations of Gregory’s lived (my immediate family, grandparents and my grandfather’s father)

MARY BROUSSARD: daughter of Bernice, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 15 [estimated birth year 1925], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: yes, highest grade of school completed: 6, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: no, no for all questions after this, Indicate whether engaged in home housework (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot): S, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 0, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

DOROTHY BROUSSARD: daughter of Bernice, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 13 [estimated birth year 1928], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: yes, highest grade of school completed: 3, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 0, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

GLADYS BROUSSARD: daughter of Bernice, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 8 [estimated birth year 1932], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: yes, highest grade of school completed: 1, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home

1945 Texas Marriage License
Jefferson County, Texas Clerk’s Office
Online Public Records
Page 35, #859
http://bit.ly/W3bA7N
Certificate Number: 42589
Groom: GREGORY,WILLIE
Bride: BROUSSARD,MARY
Groom Father’s Name:
Groom Mother’s Name:
Bride Father’s Name:
Bride Mother’s Name:
Maiden Surname:
Date of Application: 12/26/1945
Date of Marriage: 12/27/1945

2001 Missouri Death Certificate
State file no: 01-202993
Name: Mary Louise Gregory
Date of death: 7 July 2001
Place of death: St. Louis, Missouri [city]
Name of father: Burness Broussard
Name of mother: Setular Levine
Informant: [private]

United States Social Security Death Index
http://bit.ly/13yeR76
Given Name: Mary
Middle Name: L
Surname: Gregory
Name Suffix:
Birth Date: 6 May 1925
Social Security Number: XXX-XX-XXXX
State: Texas
Last Place of Residence: Missouri
Previous Residence Postal Code: 63115
Event Date: 7 July 2001
Age: 76

Obituary/Funeral Program

PAGE 1

In Loving Memory Of

Mary L. Gregory
May 6, 1925 – July 7, 2001

Thursday, July 12, 2001
10:00am

Ted Foster Funeral Home
10192 Halls Ferry Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63136

Pastor Larnell Griffin
Officiating

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Twenty third psalms

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me:
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me;
Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life: and I will dwell
in the house of the Lord, for ever.
Amen

Obituary

Mary Louise Gregory, was born May 6, 1925, to the late, Burness and Setular Broussard in Port Arthur, Texas. The Lord called Mary home on Saturday, July 7, 2001 at 6:30am.

Mary united in Holy Matrimony to Willie Bob Gregory in 1944 and moved to St. Louis, Missouri. She worshiped at God’s Way Pentecostal Church.

Mary was a devoted wife and a loving mother. She opened her heart and home to anyone in need. Every Sunday, she insisted on cooking and would make sure that her children would be there. Her neighbors and friends also knew they could get a home cooked meal at Mrs. Gregory’s house. This tradition has kept her family close. Mary’s goal was to make sure everyone was in good health and cared for. She was loved by all, and we miss her dearly.

Mary leaves to cherish her memory; four children, Sandra Clay, Deborah Allen, Linda Thompson and Willie Bob Gregory Jr.; her son, Curtis Gregory, preceded her in death; two sisters, Dorothy Lombard and Gladys Nowlin; and two brothers, Al Broussard and Alfred Broussard; eleven grandchildren; Tonya Roden, John Clark Jr., Antonio Clay, Tangela Brooks, Carlos Allen, Otha Thompson, Lamont Thompson, Tiffany Gregory, Robert Gregory, Tara Gregory and Tina Gregory; ten great-grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

PAGE 3

Order Of Service

Processional
Scripture
Prayer
Selection…..Sis. Mary Alice Smith
Acknowledgements and condolences
Tribute…..Great-grandchildren
Obituary…..Read silently
Selection…..Pastor Larnell Griffin
Sis. Mary Alice Smith
Eulogy…..Pastor Larnell Griffin
Gods Way Pentecostal Church
Parting view
Benediction
Recessional

Just one…

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come
by twos and threes,
by dozens and hundreds.
Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets,
rainbows, brothers, sisters, aunts, cousins,
but only one mother,
in the whole world.
Kate Douglas Wiggin

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Acknowledgement

The arms of my friends console me; the love of my family surrounds me. The goodness and kindness of my neighbors sustain me like a staff. Though I am exhausted with grief, I am supported, as by a great shining light that rises up within me. I can lift up my head. I can walk upright. I can even smile. For their sympathy is like a serene ocean in which I see glimpses of goodness and beauty never revealed before. In it, my agony is soothed, the ache of my heart becomes bearable, and I know, one day, will heal.

The family wishes to thank everyone for the many warm expressions of thoughtful kindness, your phone calls, cards, flowers and food shared with us. They have helped immeasurably in lightening our burden of sadness. We want you to know that we shall remain forever grateful. May God continue to bless each of you.

Pallbearers

John O Clark
Antonio Clay
Otha Thompson
Lamont Thompson
Carlos Allen
Robert Gregory

Interment
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
5239 West Florissant

Services entrusted to:
Ted Foster Funeral Home

Burial

Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010
http://bit.ly/1bb1FWZ
Inter #: 488862
Cemetery: CALVARY
Name: Mary Louise Gregory
M/F: F
Burial date: 12 Jul 2001
Age: 76
Section: 017A
Row:
Lot: 0495

Find A Grave Memorial
http://bit.ly/MBn00n
Mary Louise Broussard Gregory
Birth: May 6, 1924
Port Arthur
Jefferson County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 7, 2001
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-3D
Family links:
Parents:
Burness Broussard (1888 – 1964)
Setular Lovan Broussard (1893 – 1984)
Spouses: Willie Bob Gregory (1913 – 1970)
Children: Curtis Allen Gregory (1946 – 1994)
Note: Name has not been added to the headstone yet.
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 017A, Lot 495
Maintained by: Tara R. Gregory
Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: May 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52805674

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