June 12, 1945 ~ Aug. 18, 2013

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at Ibert’s Mortuary in Franklin for Mrs. Rita Broussard Burgess, 68, a native of Bayou Benoit and a longtime resident of Charenton, who passed away early Sunday morning, August 18, 2013, at the Franklin Health Care Center. Entombment will follow in the Chitimacha Mausoleum in Charenton. Gilbert Reese and Charles Vaughn will officiate the services.

Rita was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who enjoyed traveling and meeting new people. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Larry W. Burgess of Charenton; two sons, John Darden Jr. and Guy Darden, both of Charenton; three step children, L’Ree Minthorn of Oregon, Lance Burgess of New Mexico and Lon Burgess of New Iberia; two grandchildren, Hollie Lyons and Taylor Darden; four step grandchildren, Marty Burgess, Jessie Burgess, William Minthorn and Amy Minthorn; seven great grandchildren, Wiley Lyons, Remi Lyons, Cameryn Burgess, Chenoa Burgess, Ravyn Burgess, Ezrah Burgess and Finley Burgess; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Desiree and Ernestine Broussard; two brothers, Berton and Joseph “Coon” Broussard; and one step grandson, Bret Burgess.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Tuesday at Ibert’s Mortuary from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., and again Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until time of service at 10:00 a.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be John Darden Jr., Guy Darden, Lon Burgess, Lance Burgess, Marty Burgess and Jessie Burgess.

Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting www.iberts.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s M

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