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Germaine Rhodes

December 23, 1934 — May 28, 2021

Germaine Fontenot Rhodes, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 6:04pm.  Germaine was a native of Eunice, LA and resident of Houma, LA.

Family and friends of the family are invited to a Visitation at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Houma, LA on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 10:00am until service time.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow visitation on Tuesday at 12:00pm/Noon.  Burial will take place in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery #2. 

Germaine was born on December 23, 1934 in Eunice, LA. She attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart at Grand Coteau. After High School, she attended both the University of Houston and LSU. Germaine met her husband, Carroll on a blind date while working at Thomas Moore Travel in New Orleans, LA. They married in 1959 and had two children, Stanton and Lauren. They were married fifty-two years, until Carroll’s death in 2011.

Germaine had a spark that always lit up the room. She had a beautiful smile that welcomed all. She lived a full life as a wonderful mother, wife, and homemaker. She was a devout Catholic; who’s faith carried her through her whole life. She was generous with her time; volunteering for various community organizations.

Germaine was a fantastic cook, loved to travel, and to play bridge. She looked forward to play bridge every week, but more than just the fun of playing, she loved her “Bridge Ladies”.  They were her dear friends and they met the world to her.

Most of all, Germaine deeply loved her family. She instilled in them, by her great example, the gift of the Catholic Faith that was so dear to her.

For all that she was and all that she gave to us we are truly grateful. We were blessed by her. She will be deeply missed, always loved, and forever in our hearts.

Germaine is preceded in death by her parents, Anna Steele Fontenot and Alton Fontenot; her sister, Jean Fontenot Pucheu and her husband, Jack; and grandson, Nicholas J. Stidham. 

Germaine is survived by her son Stanton Rhodes and wife, Kristine; her daughter, Lauren Stidham and husband, Terry; grandchildren, Bradley Stidham and wife, Lynsey; Claire Stidham Despot and husband, Connor; and Jeffrey Stidham; great grandchildren, Avery and Emma Stidham, and Camille and Cole Despot. 

She will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family request donations may be made to The Women’s New Life Center at   or by mail, 4612 South Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125 .


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