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Family celebrates life and legacy of Marcelle Citron

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Marcelle Citron / Courtesy: Walters Funeral Home Marcelle Citron / Courtesy: Walters Funeral Home

Friends and family are remembering Marcelle Citron, a philanthropist and Hub City Ford owner who died over the weekend at 91.

Those who were close to Citron say to know her was to love her.

"Mom was a real character, she was everyone's mother, everyone here thought of Marcelle as a mother," says her son Todd Citron.

From FoodNet to Hub City Ford, her presence can be felt almost everywhere you go in Lafayette. Her son recalled all of the spots she left her mark.

"She founded the Pink ladies in Lafayette, which was a big deal at the Lafayette Sanitarium, which used to be Lafayette General. She founded Faith House and FoodNet and Project RX and 232 Help, and she was on the leading edge of probably every philanthropic organization in Lafayette. She won the Civic Cup here. She won the Jefferson Award in Washington DC," Todd Citron says. 

Deeply rooted in her Catholic faith, Citron's family says she was a saint, using her prominence in the car business to foster her true calling. 

"Her goal in life was to feed the hungry and give to those in need and she took that to heart," says her son.

He added that she was a Louisianian to her core.

"She was old school New Orleans and old school Catholic and loved crawfish and drinking beer," says Todd.

A matriarch in the community, Citron's heart was astounding in more ways than one.  

"She had a massive heart attack and they told us she had 20% of her heart left, but 20% was big because she walked out of that hospital and she lived another six months," says Todd.

Citron's funeral will be held at 1:30 on Wednesday at St. John's Cathedral. Visitation will be held from 11-8 on Tuesday at Walter's Funeral Home, and 8-1 before the funeral Wednesday.

Donations are also being accepted in her name to FoodNet, Project RX and to Faith House.

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