Opelousas. La. – A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, for Shirley M. Kewley at St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas. Reverend Gary Schexnayder celebrated the Mass. Rite of Committal was held in the St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery. Lectors were Martha Hightower and Julie Ray.
Mrs. Kewley, age 83, passed away on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at her residence.
Shirley was a devout Catholic and parishioner of St. Landry Catholic Church. She graduated from Opelousas High School in 1954 and then attended St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Port Arthur, Texas and received her nursing degree in 1957. In 1977 she attended Texas A & M and received her Teaching Certification and worked for several hospitals in Texas and Arkansas. During her career, Shirley worked in Hospital Nursing Administration, a Hospital Supervisor, Director / Instructor of the Vocational Nursing School at Vernon Regional Junior College in Vernon, Texas and then worked as a Public Health Nurse in Opelousas from 1980 until 2000. Shirley was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her sons, A. Glen Kewley, V. Keith Kewley and Steven Kewley and wife, Julie; her sister, Bessie Myers Landry and her grandchildren, Zachary Kewley, Spencer Kewley, Valerie Kay Kewley and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, John H. Kewley and her parents, Martha Mallet Myers and Valerie Myers.
Visitation was held on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Skip Montet Chapel at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas. A rosary was prayed at 6 p.m. on Friday by Father Austin Leger. The funeral home reopened on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2019, from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570 (337-942-2638) were entrusted with the funeral arrangements.