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Marie Irwin

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Marie Irwin
McKneely Funeral Home

A resident of Amite, Marie Irwin (Genevieve Marie Guillory Irwin) known as "Blackie" to all of her friends and relatives from Eunice, LA passed to the Spiritual realm on Saturday December 1, 2018 at Summerfield Senior Living of Hammond. She was born October 27, 1931 in Eunice and was 87 years of age. She was a longtime resident of Amite, LA where she co-published two weekly newspapers, The Tangi Talk and Kentwood News for over 36 years. Her passing was swift as she went to be with her beloved husband, Bill. Although he preceded her in death twenty years ago, they were never apart. She talked of him daily with joyful memories. She and Bill bought the newspapers in 1960 when they moved to Amite and were quickly absorbed into the local communities. They loved their adventurous journeys traveling during Bill’s Navy days, but they set their anchor on a 40- acre patch of land on Chicken Farm Road and raised their family. They were active members of St. Helena Catholic Church and the Florida Parish Skeet and Gun Club. Marie loved to socialize and was also a member of the Amite Stem and Garden Club. She was an avid reader. After her vision weakened, she became a voracious audio book fan. The Louisiana State Library Books for the Blind became her magic carpet. She escaped the confines of her hospital bed and listened to tales of mystery, but was especially fond of history and politics. Despite her infirmities, she never lost her zest for life. She was devoted to her family and children. She is survived by her children, Michael William Irwin and Susan Lagsdin, Robert Grey Irwin and Jacqueline Shockley, Lynne Marie Vance and Charley Vance, Scott Patrick Irwin and Peggy Irwin, and Mary Elizabeth Chapman and Bryan Chapman; 10 grandchildren, Will Vance, Ben Vance and Brittany, Christopher Irwin, Billy Chapman and Liza, Sam Chapman, Rebecca Chapman, Laura Beth Chapman, Anna Chapman, Amelia Vetter and Michael, and Jeff Irwin; 3 great grandchildren, Hayes Vance, Henry Vance, and Emaleigh Irwin; brothers and sisters, Lucille Orzeske, Maggie Guidroz, Al Guillory and Jeanell, and Amy Robideaux; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, William K. “Bill” Irwin; father, Alcius Louis Guillory; mother, Isabelle Dardeau Guillory; three brothers, Raymond Guillory, Francis Guillory and Herbert Guillory. The family wishes to extend gratitude to all who have cared for her over the past few years. Visitation at St. Helena Catholic Church Hall on Thursday, December 13, 2018, from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM. A Funeral Mass will be held at noon at St. Helena Catholic Church. Services conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Amite's local chapter of St. Vincent de Paul c/o St. Helena Catholic Church.