In Memory of




Obituary for Hattie Dumas (Jeffery)

Hattie Jeffery Dumas was born on April 20, 1923 in Vacherie, LA to the late Barthelemy Jeffery and Adele Armant Jeffery. In 1945, she married the love of her life, the late Eddie Dumas, to whom she was lovingly devoted until his death in 2006. Both Hattie and Eddie loved to tell the story of their courtship. They remembered how Eddie would ride on a horse from back Vacherie to see his fiancée and how he had to obtain leave from his military service during WWII to return to Vacherie to get married in 1945. Eddie had to go back to his Army Unit right after the wedding ceremony; nevertheless, the love birds were quickly reunited after the war and settled into their home in New Orleans, LA where they remained for the rest of their lives. They became parents to their only child, LaVergne Dumas Pierre, who was and is the joy of their lives and the source of their greatest pride.

Hattie was a devoted Catholic, who kept her prayer book always at her side. She was an active member of Holy Ghost Church in New Orleans, LA and later St. Mathias Catholic Church (now known as Holy Trinity). Hattie said the rosary daily, along with both morning and evening prayers. Family and friends knew that when you were on her prayer list, blessings would soon follow because Hattie seemed to have a special relationship with the Lord.

She was a fantastic cook, known especially for her crawfish bisque, jambalaya, and dirty rice. She also enjoyed preparing the meat her loving husband would bring home from his frequent hunting trips to Geismar, LA. Whether it would be rabbit or deer, Hattie would prepare a feast! And she always set a beautiful table to welcome all into her home.

Hattie was a tireless caretaker. She worked as a home health provider for many years, and devoted the later part of her life to nursing her husband Eddie with loving devotion until his death in 2006 from complications of diabetes. She also cared for ailing family and friends, including her mother (known as “Mom Del”) and her mother-in-law, Julia (known as “Julia Ma”)

She was full of laughter and fun. She enjoyed playing Pitty Pat with her club members, entertaining in her home, decorating for the holidays, and shopping on Canal Street. She liked coffee and chicory in the mornings and warm milk at night before bed. Everybody has their favorite stories of her warm and generous spirit. Her grandson, Ernest, remembers fondly the many times she picked him up from Mater Dolorosa Elementary School on the streetcar, and how they would then travel to the nearby Burger King for sandwiches and onion rings. Ernest says his grandmother supported his first entrepreneurial endeavors as a young child: She was his greatest champion as he sold frozen cups from the house and, thus, “Pierre Enterprise” was born. Her daughter, LaVergne, says simply that her best friend, travel buddy, and co-pilot through life is gone. Hattie enjoyed nice clothes, getting her hair done, watching her soap operas, and caring for her home.

Hattie was a beautiful person inside and out and was loved by all. We will miss her dearly.

Hattie leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, LaVergne Dumas Pierre; grandson, Ernest Pierre (Elaine); granddaughter Erione; goddaughter Antoinette Chevalier; step grandchild, Demisha; step great-grandchildren, Tamije and Akailis; a host of nieces and nephews, godchildren, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Eddie Dumas, parents, the late Barthelemy Jeffery and Adele Armant Jeffery; siblings, Alfred Jeffery, Theresa Etienne, Benjamin Jeffery, Bernard Jeffery, Webster Jeffery, James Jeffery, and Rose-Marie Steib.

There will be a walk through public viewing on, Friday, August 28, 2020, from 5pm - 7pm at The Treasures of Life Funeral Home, 315 E Airline Highway, Gramercy, Louisiana.

All are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at St. Philip Catholic Church, 1175 LA-18, Vacherie, LA 70090 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at St. Philip Catholic Church Cemetery. Final care entrusted to Treasures of Life Funeral Services, 315 E. Airline Highway, Gramercy, LA 70052.

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