The St. Augustine Historical Society recognized their seniors, ages 80 and up at is annual meeting in January. Seniors are the best historians and each senior gave advice on how to live a successful, long life. Pictured above from left are Daniel Roque Sr., Dee LaCour, Isabel Arceneaux (90+), Rosa Sarpy, Rose Helen Metoyer, Lucy Metoyer, Gloria Jones, and Lucy “Toot” LaCour.
The late Willie Metoyer was awarded the prestigious “Grandpere Award” for preserving the community’s history and heritage by leading efforts to place the St. Augustine Catholic Church and Cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places as a “traditional cultural center.” Metoyer’s efforts exemplified the visionary and faith-filled character of community founder, Nicholas Augustine Metoyer, fondly known as “Grandpere.”
President of the St. Augustine Historical Society, Dr. Harlan Mark Guidry, presented the “Grandpere Award” posthumous to Willie Metoyer, with Rose Helen Metoyer accepting on behalf of her late husband. With her is daughter Bridget Metoyer Pay.