Thelma O. Nation Vercher, 80, of Orange, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, in her residence.

Services took place Saturday, Sept. 6, from Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with the Rev. Larry Doucet officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in Orange.

Born Nov. 14, 1927, in Orange to Tom and Clora (Furlough) Nation, she was a former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and past president of Ladies Auxiliary. She was a waitress for more than 20 years at the Orange House which started out at the Jack Tar Hotel.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by her husband, Tommy L. Vercher Sr. of Orange; son, Malcolm Gerrish of Orange; daughters, Susan Walker of Woodville, Nancy Creel of Orange; sister Sue Donnaud of Orange; stepson, Tommy L. Vercher Jr. of Deweyville; and stepdaughters Roxane Tankersley and Rebecca Marange, both of Orange; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers were Joe D. Vercher, Shaun Lucia, Henry Marange, Jr., Arthur Rabago, Paul LeBouef and Tim Phillips.