Erath 4th of July Celebration
1996 Grand Marshal Sister Sonnier
 

            Liee Bernard, 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.

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