March 23, 1941 ~ Oct. 8, 2011

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at 2:30 p.m., at Ibert’s Mortuary for Mary Joyce Picard Champagne, 70, a native and longtime former resident of Franklin and a recent resident of Charenton, who passed away Saturday, October 8, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., at her home in Charenton.

Burial will follow in the Perpetual Park Cemetery. Father Gregory Cormier will officiate the services.

Mrs. Joyce was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW and the Golden Age Club.

Survivors include four children, Don J. Champagne and his wife, Lisa, of New Iberia; Ricky J. Champagne of Franklin; Connie C. Broussard and her husband, Burton, of Charenton; and Gidget Champagne of Jeanerette; one brother, Rivers Picard of Franklin; one sister, Elizabeth Migues of Franklin; five grandchildren, Megan Businelle, Michelle Verret, Ashley Pillaro, Don Champagne Jr. and Chermie Champagne; three great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Joseph Champagne; her parents, Ferdinand Picard and Clevelia Waguespack Picard; two brothers, Raymond Picard Sr. and Ray Andrew Picard Sr.; and three sisters, May Comeaux, Florence Bourque and Hazel Ortez.

Pallbearers will be Don Champagne Sr., Ricky Champagne, Don Champagne Jr., Burton Broussard, Kirk Derouen and Robert Tevay.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Tuesday at Ibert’s Mortuary, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the rosary being prayed at 7 p.m., followed by a wake service officiated by Bro. Blaise Smith. Visiting will resume Wednesday at Ibert’s Mortuary at 8 a.m. until service time.

To view the online obituary and memory book, please visit

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

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