Annabelle Istre

Sunday, May 26, 2024
Annabelle Istre

JENNINGS — Annabelle Courville Istre, 90, of Jennings, left this world for her next life on May 23, 2024 in her family’s home with her loved ones by her side.

Annabelle was born on Nov. 5, 1933 to Henry Courville and Eunice Leblanc Courville in Thornwell. She grew up on a farm with her parents, three brothers and one sister. She graduated from Jennings High School in 1952 and in 1954, she married her faithful husband Daniel Reed Istre of Mermentau. They raised eight children on the same family farm that she grew up on with Daniel working as a butcher and then at Riviana Foods Rice Dryer.

Annabelle had a simple yet abundantly full life of a large family and many close friends. She loved to play cards as much as so many other games, often joining her groups for weekly rounds of fun. She blessed so many people with crocheting blankets and other things of beauty to cherish. She served many years in the church community as a Lay Minister and belonged to the Catholic Daughters, Ladies Altar Society and VFW Ladies Auxilliary, among others. She was often called upon from many faith driven people to pray on their behalf with her gift of treating by divine prayer. She was a devoted and loving mother who was a shining example to everyone.

Some of her closest family has already gone before her including her husband Daniel Reed Istre; her brothers, Woodrow and Gilbert Courville and sister Verna Courville Myers. She also misses two sons Thomas Ray Istre and Randy James Istre, one daughter Janell Istre Fontenot and grandsons Michial Briggs, Michial Jr. and Nathan Istre.

Annabelle also leaves a large beloved family including her brother Clifford Courville, her children Kenneth Istre (Angie) of Jennings, Phillip Istre (Laura) of Jennings, Judy Simon (Shawn) of Jennings, Becky LeJeune (John) of Jennings and Eunice Morgan (Scott) of Kinder; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, along with extended family and lifelong friends.

She will be greatly missed by all.