Mary Evelda Guillory
Mary Evelda Green Guillory was born April 24, 1934 in Plaquemine Point near Opelousas, Louisiana to Bessie Handy-Green and Joseph Colbert Green. She was the third child of eleven.
At age 14, her mother died and she took on all responsibilities of being a mother to her nine brothers and sisters.
At age 21 she married Eunice native Veneore Guillory, known to many as Venus or Vincent Guillory. Together they had six children. Mary has endured a lot over her years and has persevered through it all. It is said that the most difficult challenge for any adult is to lose a child or a life partner, she endured both. She lost 2 of her children and her husband of nearly 50 years, yet she lived on with strength, courage, kindness and a smile for those who are alive. She also shared her love with her eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
She was a faithful member of St. Mathilda Church for nearly 60 years. She was long time member of the Altar Society. Her hobbies included, painting collectables, constantly cleaning her house, watching Lifetime movies and an occasional visit to the Casino. In her younger days she enjoyed dancing and more recently she enjoyed watching, “Dancing with the Stars.”
She is survived by nine brothers and sisters, by her children Dr. Karry Guillory (Chandra), Deborah Guillory, Marie Yvonne Guillory and Brian K. Guillory. She is also survived by 11 loving grandchildren, a loving brother-in-law, a special son in law and a host of great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Evelda was famous for her warm smile and loving, gentle ways.
She treated all with respect and was always quick to help.
Mrs. Guillory was also famous for her culinary skills. Her rice dressing was delicious, her gumbo divine, her pies and pralines delightful. Across South Louisiana, people spoke of her food.
More than anything else, “Choon” will be remembered as a model mother, wife and community member.
Owens-Thomas Funeral home of Eunice is in charge of arrangements.
Services will be restricted to immediate family because of Covid.