Neola E. Menard died Oct 18, in Uvalde, where she lived the last four years of her life near her daughter. Neola was born in Orangefield,  on July 4, 1928, the daughter of Georgia and Raymond LaPointe. She was the youngest of eight children. Preceding her in death are her sisters, Lula Vayon, Lillian Theriot; and brothers, Perry, Raymond, Howard, Richard, and Collins LaPointe.

In 1941, she married Bennett J. Menard from Scott, LA. They were married 58 years. After Bennett’s death, she married George F. Cortez, who died seven months later.

Neola worked as office manager at Howard’s Big Star grocery, at Bridge City State Bank as head of the collections department, and served as church secretary and housekeeper for three priests at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Bridge City.

She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Lampe and her husband, Jack of Uvalde; one son, Rickie Menard and wife, Patsy of Mauriceville; one granddaughter, Allison Smith; and two great granddaughters, Spencer and Sierra.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. There will be a Rosary held at 7:00 p.m., led by Adolfo Ramirez member of the Knights of Columbus in Uvalde.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Bridge City, with Father Steve Leger officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Bridge City.

Serving as pallbearers will be Rickie J. Menard, Jack Lampe, Adolfo Ramirez, Steven Menard, Michael George, and Herbert LaPointe.