Erath 4th of July Celebration
1997 Grand Marshal Belva Comeaux
It is with great pride that the Erath 4th of July Association
announces that Mrs. Belva Comeaux LeBlanc has been selected as the
1997 Grand Marshall. Mrs. Landry has been selected because of her
long-time dedication to the community of Erath.
Comeaux LeBlanc was born July 18, 1927 and was raised in the Coteau
area of Iberia Parish. Her parents, Ophe Comeaux and Rose Belle
Langlinais, were farmers. Raised in a traditional Acadian family,
Belva began school speaking only French. Her grandmother, Agenoria
Sandoz, taught her how to read in French. Right before she entered
high school, her father gave up farming and went on to become a very
successful car salesman. Belva graduated with the class of 1944 from
New Iberia Senior High.
She has been an active Catholic Daughter for over 40 years. She was
also a charter member of the Vermilion Tourist Commission.
Each year she helps in the distribution of food baskets for the
needy and elderly families at Christmas sponsored by the Catholic
Daughters of America. Belva has been a member of the Ladies Alter
Society of our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for the past 20
They are both members of the Vermilion Association for Retarded
Citizens located in Erath with Mr. Shug serving as President and
Belva serving as Secretary for over 25 years. Their love and
devotion for the disabled clients is obvious to anyone who visits
In 1997, the Knights of Columbus awarded them the "Family of the
Year" award. Both have been very involved in the creation and
establishment of the Acadian Museum in Erath, with Mr. Shug helping
with a hammer while Belva assists as a volunteer speaking in French
to foreign visitors.
Acadian Museum, for the first time ever, inducted a husband and wife
team, Aldon "Shug" and his wife Belva LeBlanc for their unselfish
civic work in Vermilion Parish.