Services have been set for Mary Washington, a longtime Lafayette Parish educator and leader in the community.
Washington, who retired as a teacher for the Lafayette Parish School System, also served in various positions with the Louisiana Association of Educators, including as state President. She was a political and civic leader in the parish for decades, and was known for her eloquence and knowledge, but also for her kindness and sense of humor.
She died suddenly last week; family and friends say she passed in her sleep.
The LAE issued the following statement yesterday:
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of one of the LAE greats: Ms. Mary A. Washington. We are all shocked and heartbroken by this news.
Many of you who knew Mary know what a tremendous icon she was — when she spoke, people listened. Students and educators across the state had a true champion in this dynamic woman. Mary was a dedicated advocate for the association for so many years — we were lucky to have her in our ranks. Her passion and love for what she did was inspiring and will be greatly missed.
For those of you who want to pay your respects in person, we wanted to pass along the details for her funeral, which is set for Saturday, April 14. A viewing for Mary will begin at 7 a.m. with the funeral following at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa Church in Crowley (417 West Third Street).
Whether you had the pleasure of knowing Mary or not, we ask that you please lift her family in prayer during this difficult time. Thank you for your support.