August 8, after a lengthy illness Essie Marie J. Fontenot ended 84 years of love, devotion and commitment to her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 11, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. The Rev. Tom Phelan will officiate. Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

A gathering of family and friends will begin at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and last throughout the night at Claybar Funeral Home. A wake will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Essie was preceded in death by her mom and dad, Mr. and Mrs. Mesus Johnson; her brother Prempsie “Neg” Johnson and her great-granddaughter Brendi Molin.

Essie is survived by her husband, Lana C. Fontenot; her son, Tommy Lee Fontenot and wife, Rose; daughter, Gloria Jean Rolen and husband, Tom; daughter, Becky Ann Molin, and husband, Steve; brother, John Johnson; sister, Love Prescott; eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, and another one on the way.

Serving as pallbearers will be Matthew Rolen, Chad Molin, Bryan Molin, Terry Trahan, Nathan Rolen and Lee Fontenot. Honorary pallbearers will be Casey Molin and Dakota Crawford.