A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2011 in the Walters Funeral Home Sunrise Chapel to commemorate the life of Annie Melancon Walters. Father Chester Arceneaux, rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, will officiate the ceremony and conduct the funeral services. Musical selections led by Jodi Bollich will include "Amazing Grace," "On Eagles Wings," "Ave Maria," "Panis Angelicus," and "Psalm 23." Lectors will be Annie's daughters, Bonnie W. Sarver and Betty W. Dupont. Giftbearers will be Anna and Caroline Armour. Interment will follow in Lafayette Protestant Cemetery.
Born to Homer and Olive Hebert Melancon on July 22, 1913 in Youngsville, Ann died at 4:50 a.m. on May 2, 2011 in her residence at Rosewood Retirement Community. She survived her husband of 60 years Edward Eugene Walters and their two infant children Eugene Edward and Sue Ellen Walters; and her brother Learness Melancon and his wife Edith.
Her survivors include: Bonnie W. Sarver, a daughter, the widow of Frank Darrell Sarver of Gueydan, LA and their son Kevin Sarver and wife Cindy of Youngsville, LA. Step-grandchildren are Carli and Marcus Shannon of Lafayette, Melanie Sarver of Lafayette, and Christine S. Armour and husband John of Memphis, TN. Great-grandchildren are Anna Katherine, Caroline and Rush Armour.
Betty W. Dupont, a daughter, and husband Dr. Irby P. Dupont of Baton Rouge, LA and grandson Edward D. Sellers, Jr. of Colorado Springs, CO.
Nursely M. Langlinais, a sister, the widow of Robert "Tom" Langlinais of Youngsville, LA and their children Joycelyn Langlinais and Yvonne King.
Norman Melancon, a brother and wife Isabelle of Youngsville, LA and their children Stephen Melancon, Michael Melancon, Norma Guidroz, Connie Melancon, Lisa DeHart, and Mary Hubbell.
Ann was employed as a nurse at the hospital in Church Point, LA, under the direction of Dr. U.J. Arreteig, prior to her marriage to Lafayette businessman Edward E. Walters on December 21, 1939. They owned and operated the Lafayette Auto Top Shop on Jefferson Street in downtown Lafayette for many years. A resident of Lafayette for 72 years, Ann was a member of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, and a friend of St. Patrick Church.
Ann was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Immaculata No. 503, St. John Cathedral Ladies' Altar Society, St. Anne Society, and St. Lasalle Auxiliary.
As an active member of the Mt. Carmel PTA, she not only served as an officer and room mother, but also as a comedy actress for an annual fundraiser of the Mt. Carmel Mothers' Playmakers.
Having two daughters in Girl Scouts, she was a Girl Scout leader, preparing troops to attend the International Roundups. She was a charter member of a Home Demonstration Club known as the "Busy Homemakers" and was a member of the Greenhouse Senior Center, AARP Acadiana Chapter, and Horizons of Lafayette General Medical Center. She acquired numerous trophies in her Ladies' Bowling League.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until funeral services at 10:00 a.m. The rosary will be led by Isabelle Melancon, sister-in-law of Ann Walters at 8:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Norman Melancon, Dr. Irby P. Dupont, Kevin Sarver, Edward D. Sellers, Jr., John Armour, Michael Melancon, and Wayne King.
The family expresses sincere thanks to the staffs of Rosewood Retirement Community and Hospice of Acadiana for many years of loving care.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston St., Ste. 200, Lafayette, LA 70503; the Carmelite Monastery, 1250 Carmel Dr., Lafayette, LA 70501; or mass offerings in Annie's name.