Arlean Foster Verdun was born on December 16, 1932 in Franklin, LA. Arlean (often called Lena) was the youngest child in the loving household of the late Charles Sr "Charlie" and Mary Foster well known in the community. Her maternal grandparents were Edward and Amanda Jacquot and paternal grandparents John and Nellie Foster.
She is survived by loving siblings: Mary Louise McNeal (Gretna, LA), Thelma Phillips (Franklin), Evelyn Matthews (La Marque) and Felton Foster Sr. (Los Angeles). She was preceded in death by siblings Mary Lucille Williams, Charles Foster Jr. and sister Gladys.
Arlean spent her childhood and early adulthood in Franklin, LA where she met and married the late Malcolm Robert Verdun of Verdunville, LA. Together they had two beautiful daughters Sandra Verdun and Sharon Verdun Hunter both of La Marque, formally of Franklin. Arlean continued her higher education in New Orleans, LA where she received her nursing degree. She performed her internship and started her nursing career at Charity Hospital in New Orleans until she relocated herself and her daughters to La Marque, TX as a single parent. Here in Texas she was employed by UTMB Medical Center (St John Sealy Zieger building) until she retired. She truly loved the nursing field and taking care of people is what mattered to her. After retirement she gave back to the community by teaching nurse's aid classes at BTS and contributing her services to several of the local nursing homes, continuing her love for health care.
She was affectionately called"Granny" by her loving grandchildren: Shontelle Verdun, Loren Verdun as well Danon Verdun and his wife Christie and Christopher Hunter. Her two great grandchildren: Keiara Butler and Danea Verdun. She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, neighbors, friends and love ones.
Arlean truly had a love for the Lord, serving and following him through her devoted Catholic faith. She had a love for her family and friends, as her home was always open to all. Her doors were always open to those in need, as many of her family lived with her when they needed help or a place to stay throughout the years. She enjoyed lengthy conversations, sharing stories, talking current events, and the word of the Lord with many. She loved to talk, listen, fellowship, at the dining room table of the homestead which was always the gathering place for this. Although the old homestead of forty eight years was lost to a fire on January 3, 2015, she was downhearted with fond memories but knew God had a plan. Over the next nine months she persevered and found a new home with the help of the good Lord.
She was an animal lover at heart as she enjoyed the companionship of several fish, birds and dogs over her lifetime always wanting more. In her years of retirement she started her love of gardening which she took great pride in and loved to show. She departed this world on January 2, 2016 but shall always remain in the hearts of her loved ones. Be at rest and peace. Blessed be!
Your guests are invited to share in the Celebration of Life Visitation for Arlean from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., with 10:00 a.m. Memorial Services to follow on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at Carnes Funeral Home – Texas City, 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, Texas 77591.