Mary Lou Billeaud, 78, of Orange, passed away Oct. 3, at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, La.

Born in Columbus, Oh, July 2, 1937, she was the daughter of Lavon E. McClellan, Sr. and Mary (Sprouse) McClellan. From a young age and throughout her life, Mary worked as a horse groomer at various equestrian racetracks. She loved doing arts and crafts, and creating silk flower arrangements.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Charlene Hanna and sisters, Edith Baylor and Marjorie Reardon.

She is survived by her children, Debra Verrett of Bridge City, Rose Wiley and husband, Ken of Mauriceville, Michelle Elkins and husband, Mark of Charlotte, NC, Charles Billeaud and wife, Suzan of Orange and James Billeaud; brothers, Buddy and Mike McClellan; sister, Paula Gibson; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Cremation is under the care of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

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