Rev. Richard Fabré officiated at the Funeral Mass. The scripture readings were read by Lloyd D. Higginbotham Jr. and Tiffanie Bulliard.
Înterment followed at Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery.
Mrs. Higginbotham was the owner and operator of Red’s Levee Bar and various other businesses for numerous years. Mary Lee was a loving, devoted, and supportive wife, mother, and grandmother. Although she was a mother to five, she was a second mother to many. She was especially proud and encouraging of her husband, Lloyd “Red,” who was actively involved and held various positions in St. Martin Parish Government and the State of Louisiana for 43 years.
In her free time she enjoyed reading, working outdoors, cooking for family gatherings and she occasionally enjoyed playing cards and going to the casino – she always enjoyed having a “shot” of coffee with her family and friends. It was known throughout Catahoula that her Lemon Meringue Pie was the best, by far.
Like many others, she was an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints and looked forward to each and every season to cheer them on.
Mary Lee observed the season of Lent with great reverence, with Good Friday being a most special day for her. It was on this day that she not only wanted for family and friends to come together spiritually, but to acknowledge the love each of them had for one another.
She loved visiting with her customers in the bar and was genuinely concerned with what was going on in their lives.
Mary Lee was very compassionate and had a heart of gold – she gave selflessly and would help anyone if they were in need. She will be sorrowfully missed by her family, friends, and the community which she held so dear to her heart.
She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Lloyd Dave “Red” Higginbotham Sr. of Catahoula; her son, Lloyd D. Higginbotham Jr. of Carencro; four daughters, Vicki Boudreaux and husband Barry, Trudy Jetton and husband Shawn, Arlene Higginbotham and Liz H. Breaux and companion Wilton Gary Jr., all of Catahoula; her brother, James Camille and wife Gloria of Catahoula; three sisters, Lories Dauphinet and husband Richard of Catahoula, Linda Pelous and husband Robert of Loreauville and Velma Duplechien and husband Billy of Coteau Holmes; 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter J. and Emelina Johnson Camille; her brother, Jessie Camille; her sister, Amelinda C. Bergeron; and a grandson, Gabriel Higginbotham.
A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Pallbearers were Lloyd Higginbotham Jr., Ridge Boudreaux, Rusty Latiolais, Lane Savoy, Darby Robicheaux, Lloyd Higginbotham III, Kagan Breaux and Tanner Boudreaux.
Honorary pallbearers will be her sons-in-law.
Pellerin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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