Flavia Blanchard Barras, 90, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of October 19, 2022, at Ochsner St. Mary in Morgan City. She was born on January 28, 1932, to the late Meliza and Ursula Mabile Blanchard of Pierre Part. A resident of Amelia for over 60 years, she was an active parishioner of St. Andrew Catholic Church with her husband, the late Horace J. Barras. For many years, she was also a member of the St. Andrew Ladies Altar Society.
Mrs. Flavia enjoyed the company of family and friends, especially the annual Christmas Eve gathering she and her husband hosted for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her signature gumbo was always the centerpiece of the menu and the celebration often included visits with their longtime neighbors on Beadle Street.
Throughout her life, she also enjoyed trips to Cypress Bayou Casino and to the Amelia Belle. She was also a regular supporter of the Amelia Volunteer Fire Department’s weekly bingo that was held at the fire station.
After her husband’s retirement from a local shipyard, she supported him with his efforts as a commercial fisherman, providing the community with fresh catfish and crabs for many years. Those long days of picking crabs and bagging fish on their back patio were skills she learned as a young girl back in Pierre Part.
From very humble beginnings, Mrs. Flavia and Mr. Horace built a lasting legacy that will be lovingly remembered by their six children: Deanna Stansbury and her husband James, Danny Barras and his wife Jennifer, Linda Cannata and her husband A.J., Dale Corrales and her husband Doyle, Larry Barras and his wife Andrea, and Angela Tamporello and her husband Michael.
She is also survived by 13 grandchildren: James Stansbury III, Derrin Barras, Corey Stansbury, Allison Hoffpauir, Leslie Melancon, Joey Cannata, Sammy Cannata, Loretta Dupre, Greg Corrales, Larry Barras, Jr., Hope Daigle, Michael Tamporello, and Adam Barras. In addition, she is survived by 3 step-grandchildren: Randy Oxedine, Andy Oxedine, and Letha Oxedine; 25 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mildred Arceneaux.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by 5 brothers, 5 sisters, her in-laws, Jesse Barras and Imelda Barras Thibodeaux, a great-grandchild, Gabriel Cannata, and her granddaughter’s husband, Terry Crappell.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 21, 2022, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Amelia from 9am-11am. A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Rev. Joseph Chacko, will follow the visitation, and burial will be in the St. Andrew Parish Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Dishman, Dr. Solet, the staff at Ochsner St. Mary, the staff at Maison Jardin, and the many other caregivers that helped Mrs. Flavia in her time of need.