Leah LeCompte Usé, age 91, passed away peacefully in the presence of family members on Sunday, October 10, 2021, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, to where she was evacuated during Hurricane Ida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade, by just 17 days. She was a native of Chauvin, Louisiana, and longtime resident of Houma, Louisiana.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the visitation and Mass celebration at Holy Rosary Church in Houma on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 10 a.m. until eulogy at 12:15 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 12:30 p.m. with burial following at Holy Rosary Cemetery.
She is survived by her children Lori Usé, Tara Kenyon and husband Paul, and Gail Faucheaux and husband Grady; grandchildren Meagan Fairley Kinnard and husband Geoff, Patrick Quinn, and Ross Wade Quinn; brother Odis LeCompte; sister-in-law Ruby Thomson and brother-in-law Clark Usé, many beloved nieces, nephews, and Godchildren; and special friends Rose Robichaux, and Frances and Roland Bourgeois.
Leah is preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Wade; her parents, Roosevelt G. LeCompte and Celeste Bergeron LeCompte; sisters Mercedes Duplantis and Miriam Naquin; brothers Roosevelt J. “Buddie” LeCompte and Jacob LeCompte; and dear friends Edwina Brunet Schexnayder, Julie Bienvenu Chauvin, and Ione “Toni” Stark.
She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and proud grandmother. She was passionate about music, having sung in a church choir for over 80 years. She was a member of several church choirs including Annunziata and St. Gregory in Houma. Leah and her husband, along with other dance enthusiasts, started a local chapter of the “Deodorized Order of the Skunk,” a national club whose primary goals was to help different charities. The local club of “Stinkers” (what members were called) held monthly dances and collected dues for hall rental, bands, and donations to the needy for nearly 55 years. Later, they danced with the Houma dance club called “The Flares.” She had an aptitude for words, playing Scrabble competitively and soundly beating scholars half her age in Words with Friends more often than not.
Faithful to her savior Jesus, she slipped from this life to the next with His Name upon her lips. She loved her church and her community. Leah is and will continue to be sadly missed by her immediate family, extended family, and friends.
Members of the family would like to thank the staff at the Lighthouse Assisted Living facility in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, for serving and lovingly caring for “Miss Leah” after her evacuation from Hurricane Ida. They would also like to thank Dr. Mike Barnett, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ocean Springs, who took in Wade and Leah as part of his flock upon their arrival; members of Mosaic Church in Ocean Springs for caring for evacuees; and the medical staff at Ocean Springs Hospital, who treated Leah with respect, dignity, and compassion in her final hours.
As an expression of sympathy in lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the American Heart Association in memory of Leah LeCompte Usé.
Chauvin Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Leah LeCompte Usé.