otherwise known as Miss Sister Sonnier, is the 1996 Grand Marshal of the Erath 4th
of July Celebration.
Miss Sister was born
at the outbreak of World War I and was raised by an aunt and uncle whom she
called Mama and Papa.
She attended school in
Erath. Her Mama was a religion teacher and Miss Sister followed in her
footsteps, teaching catechism at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Erath to many of
the children of Erath. After all these years, former students still come to her
to remind her that they were once taught by her – some are now grandparents and
even great grandparents.
Miss Sister’s family
was always very supportive of the church and many of the beautiful pieces of
furniture and antiques in the rectory were donated by her family.
Miss Sister was
married Wilton Sonnier. Wilton joined the U.S. Marines when World War II
began. She followed Wilton around the country while he was stationed at
different bases. After his discharge, they lived for several years in Baton
Rouge before returning to Erath.
Miss Sister has been
dedicated to her community throughout her life. She has been a volunteer to
many organizations, and has served as an officer in many of them. She is a
member of the American Legion Derouen-Moss Post 279 Auxiliary, Our Lady of
Lourdes Court 1670 Catholic Daughters, a charter member of the Erath Hospital
Sunshine Ladies, and a volunteer worker at the Acadian Museum in Erath. She is
also a longtime volunteer and board member of the Erath 4th of July
Association. Miss Sister is a Eucharistic minister and visits a number of
shut-ins each week to bring them communion. She also works with the church
bulletin and tends to church altars and church decorations. Miss Sister also
recites the rosary in English or French at the funeral home or for anyone who
ask for her services. She is also in charge of religious ceremonies at the
local nursing home, and has helped with French retreats. Miss Sister is the
chairman of the committee that provides food for bereaved families in the
community. She has distributed Christmas baskets and vegetables donated by the
Sheriff’s Office to the needy families of our community. She has been named
Catholic Daughter of the Year in 1984 and Lady Citizen of the Year in 1983.
And so, for the entire
Erath 4th of July Association and the community of Erath, with much
gratitude and heartfelt thanks, we proudly proclaim you, Miss Sister Sonnier, as
our 1996 Grand Marshal.