Nov 25, 2009 3:58 PM by sleonard

Funeral Services for Rubie Guidroz Kilchrist

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2009, at a 1:00 PM Mass of Christian Burial in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, for Rubie Guidroz Kilchrist, 92, who passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at her residence in Lafayette.
Entombment will be in St. John Mausoleum.
Reverend Monsignor Keith DeRouen, Rector of Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Giftbearers will be Madison Kilchrist, Georgia Ossorguine, Virginia Bech, Sophie Bech, Beverly Richard and Katelyn Boyett. Lectors will be Lannyl Ossorguine and Virginia Bech. Members of the St. John's Choir, accompanied by Tom Niel, will sing for the services. Lannyl Ossorguine will sing "Ave Maria" and Madeline Busch will sing "A Mother's Prayer" for the services.
Rubie Kilchrist, a resident of Lafayette most of her life, was the first woman to be chosen as Louisiana Realtor of the Year. Mrs. Kilchrist, who primarily focused on commercial real estate, opened her own real estate firm at the age of 48 in Lafayette in 1966 after serving for many years as Cathedral High School's secretary. Mrs. Kilchrist was considered a pioneer in the Lafayette real estate market and a crusader for community causes including the movement to focus development and expansion throughout the Northside of Lafayette. She was an active member of the Parish of the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist where she and Mr. Kilchrist were honored as Knights of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Mrs. Kilchrist was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Cathedral Altar Society. The Kilchrists, "Momsie" and "Popsie", happily spent many of their retirement years at their second residence in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Lake Hamilton. "Momsie" will always be remembered for her impeccable appearance, motivational style, culinary skills, professional tenacity, high ethical standards and her fervent love of God and family. Her grandchildren are forever grateful for empowering them with the confidence to achieve their potential. As she would always say, "What the mind can conceive, you can achieve!" The family would also like to express their gratitude to Dr. Samuel Shuffler, Mr. Charles Hollier and Richard Duplechain for their time, assistance and visits of comfort. The family is forever grateful to Mary Thibeaux, Genevieve Daigle, Phyllis Celestine, Ella Traller, Gwen Marks and the Journey Hospice staff for their high level of care and compassion. During the last years of her life, they enabled "Momsie" to live with peace and dignity next to her loving husband of 70 years in their home. Mr. Kilchrist was a true life partner, supporting her in all of her business endeavors, travels and visits to grandchildren.
Mrs. Kilchrist is survived by her beloved husband of 70 years, Frank W. Kilchrist; her daughter, Marie Celine and her husband Judd Voorhies; her son, Lanny Kilchrist and his wife Sally; five grandchildren, Lannyl Ossorguine, Shawn Kilchrist, Michelle Bech, Judson "Rocky" Voorhies and Cheri Richard; and twelve great grandchildren, Michael and Georgia Ossorguine, Madison, Tyler and Brett Kilchrist, Virginia, Tiger, Sophie and Jack Bech, Beverly and Matthew Richard, Andrew Voorhies. She is also survived by her sister, Rosemae "Sis" Boudreaux of Baton Rouge and her only nephew, Dr. J. Philip Boudreaux.
Mrs. Kilchrist is preceded in death by her parents Dalton Pierre and Gladys Bacque Guidroz and her sister Pearl G. Linn.
Pallbearers will be Shawn Kilchrist, Tyler Kilchrist, Judson A. "Rocky" Voorhies, Serge Ossorguine, Michael Ossorguine, Martin K. Bech, Sr., Martin "Tiger" K. Bech, Jr., Dr. J. Philip Boudreaux, Jacques Boudreaux and Michael D. Richard.
A rosary will be said Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. at Martin and Castille by the Catholic Daughters and the Cathedral Altar Society.
The family requests that visitation be observed at Martin & Castille Funeral Home on Saturday from 9:00 AM until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mrs. Kilchrist's name to the Sisters of Mount Carmel, Development Office, P. O. Box 476, Lacombe, LA 70445 or Cathedral Carmel School, 848 St. John St., Lafayette, LA 70501.
View the obituary and guestbook online at
Martin & Castille, 330 St. Landry St.-Lafayette, 234-2311


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