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Yvonne Gillis

April 22, 1937 ~ June 23, 2021 (age 84)


MAMOU – Funeral services will be held at an 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou, Louisiana on Monday, June 28, 2021 for Yvonne Gillis, 84, who passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Jackson, Louisiana.

Father Billy Massie will be celebrant of the Mass and will conduct funeral services.

Burial will follow in the New St. Ann’s Cemetery in Mamou.

Yvonne Gillis was born in Church Point, Louisiana on April 22, 1937 to Ernest R. and Marie Celeste Bourgeois.  Yvonne was raised in the small Louisiana town of Mamou.  After doing well in school, she attended SLI (USL) and LSU majoring in Broadcast Journalism.  Yvonne got her start in the industry as a DJ at KEUN Radio in Eunice then moved to WBRZ TV in Baton Rouge.  She then entered the advertising profession by accepting a position at Maison Blanche and Godchaux’s Department Stores.  After living in Baton Rouge, she moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area.  While working for Rick’s Lazarus Media Company, Yvonne became the in house agency Broadcasting Director for the South Central Region for their new acquisition, Macy’s Department Stores until her retirement.   She enjoyed watching all sports and through her job was blessed to be able to attend many sporting events as well as many country music concerts.  By the grace of God and hard work and dedication on her part, Yvonne was able to live out her career dreams.  Although her career brought her away from her family, she always held them dear to her heart and she will be greatly missed by them.

Yvonne is survived by her son, Sean Gillis; brother, Larry Bourgeois and wife, Leila; two nieces, Pamela B. Bordelon and Patricia B. Hoskins and husband, John; and many great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest R. Bourgeois and Marie Celeste Bourgeois; brother, Fr. Francis L. Bourgeois; and her sister, Sister Sybil Bourgeois, O.P. 

The family requests that visitation be held on Monday, June 28, 2021 at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Mamou beginning at 9:00 AM until time of service.

Family and friends may leave condolences for the family at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com.

Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Mamou is in charge of arrangements.

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June 28, 2021

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Ardoin's Funeral Home of Mamou
717 6th Street
Mamou, LA 70554

Mass of Christian Burial
June 28, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Ann Catholic Church
6th Street
Mamou, LA 70554

June 28, 2021

11:00 AM
New St. Ann's Cemetery

Mamou, LA 70554

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