Marie Kearns

Marie Elise Beary Kearns

March 1, 1934 - October 22, 2019
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Marie Elise Beary Kearns, died early Tuesday morning, October 22, 2019, after a lengthy illness.
She is survived by her son, Donald Bokenfohr Kearns (Jean Wickersham) of La Jolla, California; daughter-in-law Susan Wakefield Kearns of Thibodaux; and two grandchildren, Nicholas Stanford Kearns of Baton Rouge and Christopher Gutierrez (Amanda) and children Alexandra and Amelia of New Orleans.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bokenfohr Donald “Buck” Kearns and her son Thomas Stanford Kearns; parents, Edward Douglas White Beary, Sr. and Marie Foret Beary; siblings, Elizabeth Stagni, Barbara Norman and Edward Douglas White Beary, Jr.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral from 9:00 AM until service time. A Mass in celebration of Marie’s life will take place at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral.
Marie was born in and grew up in Thibodaux. She graduated from Thibodaux High School and Francis T. Nicholls Junior College.
Marie and Buck returned to Thibodaux after Buck completed military service and graduate school at L.S.U.
Marie’s life was dedicated to Buck, her children, and her extended family. She was always the epitome of grace and hospitality. She hosted many generations of Nicholls’ students to home cooked meals and counseling sessions for the homesick and downtrodden.
Marie was mother, confessor in chief, and empathizer for many in and outside her nuclear family. Her wisdom, clear thinking, and enormous heart will be missed by all she touched.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation (
Ordoyne Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Please accept my deepest sympathy.

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so sorry for your lost lovey lady.Frances Clements

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Her welcoming smile, kind words and generous heart are part of my earliest days growing up in Thibodaux, and were ever present years later when I had the pleasure of visiting with her.

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Marie was such a Joy and always grateful We Loved her weekly visits to Hair Tech. She is certainly Missed.

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MarieElise was such a lovely and caring lady. During my 2 years teaching at Nicholls I spent a lot of time with my cousin Marie and Buck. She was always so glad to see me and open her home and heart. It was such a pleasure to visit with Maria after I moved to Florida.My brother Bill Vaudry and wife, June would drive from New Orleans and Pass a Good Time with Marie. She will be greatly missed but resting comfortably in the arms of Our Lord.

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