March 1, 1924 ~ May 27, 2013

Funeral services and burial will be held Friday, May 31, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Beau Pre Cemetery in Jeanerette for Lillie Ruth Diffee Kaufman, 89, a native of Attalla, Alabama and a longtime resident of Franklin, who passed away peacefully with her family at her side. The Rev. Charles Marceaux and the Rev. Sue Pugh will officiate the services.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Friday at Beau Pre Cemetery from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Mrs. Lillie’s passion in life was reading. Next to her family, one of the greatest blessings in her life that brought such joy to her was working at the Alex P. Allain Memorial (Franklin) Branch Library, in which she dedicated 20 years of faithful service. At the time of her retirement, she was the Front Desk Circulation Manager. She also enjoyed decorating, sewing, gardening and arranging flowers.

Survivors include one son, Guy C. Kaufman Jr. and his wife, Paulette, of Lafayette; one daughter, Rebecca Kaufman Ashley and her husband, Enos, of Franklin; five grandchildren, Dwight Guy Kaufman of Lafayette, Stephanie Kaufman Mahtook and her husband, Greg, of Lafayette, Roger Lyle Ashley of Franklin, Ryan Charles Ashley and his wife, Sarah, of Greenville, Mississippi, and Allison Ashley Burgess and her husband, Bruce, of Charenton; seven great grandchildren, Anna-Corinne Mahtook, Gregory Charles Mahtook and Kenneth Guy Kaufman, all of Lafayette, Hannah Grace Ashley and Noah Charles Ashley of Greenville, Mississippi, and Ava Claire Burgess and Carter Thomas Burgess of Charenton; as well as nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Charles Kaufman Sr.; an infant twin son; her parents, Newton Lyle Diffee and Annie Pitts Diffee; one brother, Donald Diffee; and one sister, Jo Diffee Snyder.

Serving as pallbearers will be Dwight C. Kaufman Jr., Roger Ashley, Ryan Ashley, Greg Mahtook, Bruce Burgess, and Dennis Diffee. Honorary pallbearers will be Enos Ashley, Thomas “Butch” Diffee, and Jerry Diffee.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the First United Methodist Church, as well as her caregivers, Nora Burgess, Dionne Johnson, and Samantha Johnson.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Mrs. Lillie’s memory to the St. Mary Parish Library, Alex P. Allain (Franklin) Branch, 206 Iberia St., Franklin, LA 70538 or West End (Baldwin) Branch, P.O. Box 309, Baldwin, LA 70514; or Hospice Compassus, 1438 South College Road, Lafayette, LA 70503; or the First United Methodist Church, 920 Main St., Franklin, LA 70538.

Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary, Inc. of Franklin.

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