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July 26, 2021

Mary Helen Auenson

February 26, 1954 - July 20, 2021
OPELOUSAS/ENGLEWOOD, FL ~ A graveside service for Mary Helen Auenson will be held Friday, July 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Evangeline Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Carencro. She entered eternity the morning of July 20, 2021; the 41st anniversary of her father’s death. 

In her 67 years, Mary served her family and friends with wit and good humor. Though she was born and raised in South Louisiana, she spent the last 23 years living in Sarasota County, Fl.  Later in life, she began her snowball business, The Sno Queen, bringing the real New Orleans Snowballs and lots of smiles to Englewood, Fl.  She was also a freelance editor, helping her husband, Don with his collection of WWII veteran interviews he titled War Tales.  Together, they compiled hundreds of these stories and preserved them online and at the Library of Congress.  

Her outgoing personality made her an easy friend and over the years she made many lasting friendships. In February 2021, after Don’s passing, she returned to Acadiana to fulfill a long-awaited dream of living close to her family once again.  She was able to care for her eldest sister, Barbara Greer, in her time of need; spend quality time with her daughter, Emily; play in the kitchen with her granddaughters and boast to her friends about their art skills (they got it from her); trade fun facts with her grandson; and introduce her grandchildren to her lifelong love of tennis. She was a master chef (due to her Cajun roots), a trivia wiz, an amateur historian, a curator of kitsch, but most of all, she was a warm and loving person who loved to bless others with thoughtful gifts and made everyone feel as though they mattered to her. There's so much more to say, we could write volumes.

Mama (aka Maw Maw) loved Jesus, her family, and was a blessing to all who met her. We are so thankful that God brought her back home for these last 6 months.  We don’t understand God's timing, but can say it is well with our souls.  Her work on earth was done and though we will mourn her unexpected passing, we know she is rejoicing with her family and friends who have gone on before.  Until we see you again, Mama, you’re truly Home now.  

Survivors include one daughter, Emily Elisabeth Nealy and her husband, Brandon, of Sunset; four grandchildren, Shirah Elisabeth Phillips, Adeline Louise Nealy, Jude Warner Nealy, and Amelia Augustine Nealy; Rachel Cook, who she loved like her own daughter and Jeff Cook, Scarlett, Eloise, and Shepard; one sister, Peggy Veeder of Bradenton, FL; her godson, George T. Veeder IV; one brother, James Auenson, III and his wife, Jessica, of Berwick; and her sweet rescue greyhound, Honey.

She was preceded in death by her husband who recently passed on February 14, 2021, Thomas “Don” Moore; one daughter, Hannah Louise Owens, who passed July 26, 2011; one sister, Barbara Greer, who passed on May 8, 2021; and her beloved mother and father, Augustine and James Auenson Jr. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Christ Church Academy or to Compassion International.

Melancon Funeral Home of Opelousas, (337) 407-1907, is in charge of arrangements.

Graveside Service
Friday, July 23, 2021
10:00 AM

Evangeline Memorial Gardens
4113 N. University Ave.
Carencro, LA 70520

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