Erath 4th of July Celebration
2007 Grand Marshal  Leona LeBlanc Poche’

The Erath 4th of July Association is proud to announce the selection of Leona LeBlanc Poche’ as the Grand Marshal of the 61st Annual Erath 4th of July Celebration.  Poche’ is a native and longtime resident of Erath, who has spent much of her life involved in various civic organizations in Erath. 

            Poche’ has been involved with the Erath 4th of July Celebration for many years.  Her involvement began in 1973 as a member of Les Travailleuses.  Les Travailleuses was a women’s organization in Erath that worked on different civic projects in the community.  The organization was in charge of the Erath 4th of July Celebration from 1972-1975.  In 1976, the Erath 4th of July Association was formed, and Poche’ continued her involvement with the celebration.  She continues to serve on the board of directors, and is the chairman of the annual July 4th Tea.  Poche’ also works each year in the Association’s Office, helping to operate the festival each night of the celebration. 

            Poche’ is currently serving as the President of the Ladies Altar Society for Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Erath.  She is also a longtime member of the Erath Century Club.  She is an avid fan of the Erath Bobcats, and rarely misses an Erath High School football game.  She is also the coordinator of the LeLeux Family Reunion, which meets annually in Erath in June.  Poche’ recently retired after working 26 years for Dr. John S. Thibodeaux in Erath.  She spends her spare time playing bouree and attending her grandchildren’s various activities. 

            Poche’ married Lynn James Poche’ in 1951.  After Lynn’s untimely death in 1970, Leona returned to Erath to raise their her family.  She is the mother of eight children: Rita Barry (married to Jerry), Jimmy Poche’ (married to Natalie), Paulette Holcomb (married to Tim), Celeste Stuart (married to Roger), Denise Soileau (married to Kirk), Paul Poche’ (married to Wendy), Mark Poche’ (married to Schuyler), and Guy Poche’ (married to Marybeth).  Poche’ is also the grandmother of 18 grandchildren and the great grandmother of two. 

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