NEW IBERIA — Funeral services will be conducted for Mrs. Melba Ballard Bonvillain, 78, Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Evangeline Funeral Home with the Rev. Nancy Wofford officiating. Interment will follow at Beau Pre Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. The funeral home will reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday and visitation will continue until service time.

A native of Texas and a resident of Jeanerette, Mrs. Bonvillain passed away at 4:17 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at her residence.

Melba enjoyed gardening and reading. She also loved her work as a tax preparer. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Leslie M. Bonvillain of Jeanerette; sons, Leslie Paul Bonvillain of Baton Rouge; Marcus Bonvillain and wife, Gena, of New Iberia; Derek Alan Bon- villain of New Iberia; and Kenneth Douglas Bonvillain and wife, Jan, of Jeanerette; daughter, Cara Glyn Bonvillain of New Iberia; brother, Larry Ballard of Pasadena Texas; sisters, Elinor Glyn Stoffer of Groves, Texas, twin sister, Wanda Marilyn Hebert of Pasadena, Texas; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin Ballard and Naoma McIntyre Ballard; brother, Mac Ballard and sisters, Kaye Ballard and Marjorie Martin.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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