Lena Accardo Hamilton, 99, a resident of Morgan City, passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Maison Jardin Senior Living, surrounded by her loving family.
Lena was born on February 2, 1922, in Patterson, the daughter of Angelo Accardo and Mary Diprima Accardo. Her career as a registered nurse spanned over 50 years, beginning with private duty nursing, then as the director of nursing at Lakewood Hospital and finishing her career in the nursery with her beloved babies. Lena mentored numerous people through the years at the hospital and touched countless lives along the way.
To know Lena was to love her; she exemplified kindness and compassion and dedicated her life to serving others. She genuinely loved people and always made them feel welcome and included. She was also an amazing cook who prepared each meal with love.
She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by two children, Dr. Joseph DeVance Hamilton II and wife Sandra of Houston, Mary Ellen Hamilton Blum and husband Carl of Morgan City; seven grandchildren, Jason Flowers and fiancée Meagan Butler, Jonathan Blum, Lauren Blum Robison and husband Dane, Emil Blumenaus, Jillian Hamilton and partner Brandon Rawlinson, Allyson Cox Darbonne and husband David, and Amanda Cox Briscoe and husband Chad; 19 great-grandchildren, Adrienne, Madalyn, Clare, Sarah, Isaiah, Matthias, and Mary Frances Darbonne; Dominic, Noah, Matthew, Anna Clare, Lily, and Nathan Briscoe; Emmy, Ella, and Ava Robison, and Brady, Tawny, and Forrest Rawlinson; one brother, Frances Marion “Pat” Accardo of Franklin; and one sister-in-law, Bernice Accardo of Youngsville.
Lena was preceded in death by her parents, Angelo and Mary Diprima Accardo; her husband of 67 years, Thomas DeVance “Boogie” Hamilton; one daughter, Kathleen Hamilton Cox; her two sisters Leona Accardo and Aggie Accardo; and her brothers Nick Accardo, Angelo Accardo, Jr. and wife Ruthie, Joseph Accardo, and Jack Accardo and wife Ethel; and her sister-in-law, Ouida Accardo.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Jason Flowers, Jonathan Blum, Dane Robison, Chad Briscoe, Mike Accardo, and Angelo Accardo.
The family would like to give their thanks to Lena’s sitters, especially Janice Joubert, Denise Johnson and Shirley Johnson, who were so kind and compassionate. They would also like to thank the staff at Maison Jardin for taking care of her for so many years and making her feel like family. Many thanks also to Dr. Robert Blereau, her longtime physician.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A visitation will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Twin City Funeral Home with a rosary being prayed at 9:30 a.m. Following Mass, Lena will be laid to rest in the Morgan City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Central Catholic School or Sacred Heart Catholic Church.