|Hattie Hulda Duplantis Dufresene was born November 12, 1902, the daughter of Olile Dartez and Raphael Duplantis. She lived in Lydia, Louisiana and in 1927 was married to Rev. Edgar Clements Dufresne. Each was deeply committed to Christ and the church, to each other, and together served a total of 14 appointments in the Louisiana Annual Conference of the Methodist Church spanning 53 years of effective and retired service.
Appointments served were Wynn Memorial and Wesley churches in Shreveport, Jena, Rochelle, Springhill, Ferriday, Lake Providence, Opelousas, Gueydan, Rayne, Watson, Haughton, and visiting minister of Noel Memorial United Methodist Church in retirement. Several new parsonages were built under their leadership and all were brightened and blessed by their presence. Hattie was faithful in fulfilling her responsibility as a minister’s wife and was a tower of strength to Edgar, sharing his difficulties and joys, encouraging him in all of his experiences.
Prior to her death, she made her home in Shreveport, and in those later years suffered illness and pain. Throughout that time, however, maintained her spirit of previous years as may be remembered by her friends who knew her best.
She died on April 4, 1986, after a brief illness. She is survived by one sister, Ollie D. Linscomb.
Funeral services were conducted by Dr. Charles B. Simmons, pastor of the Noel Memorial United Methodist Church, assisted by Rev. Fred Schwendimann, Noel’s Minister of Visitation.
Love and appreciation for Hattie Dufresne and for the Methodist ministry was shown when the United Methodist Women of the Noel Church attended the funeral service as a group, along with other friends.
Burial was beside her husband in Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1986; p. 276 By Fred Schwendimann|