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Mrs.  Yvonne Marie Duplantier Pugh

Obituary for Mrs. Yvonne Marie Duplantier Pugh

December 24, 1919 - March 21, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 98


Yvonne Marie Duplantier Pugh was born on Dec. 24, 1919 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Amelie Rivet and Frederick Robert Duplantier. She died in San Antonio, Texas on March 21, 2018 under the longstanding attentive care of her daughter, Dr. Jacqueline Pugh.
Relationships, ideas and causes defined Yvonne. She had a keen intellect, a deep spirituality, an insatiable curiosity, loved people and their narratives, wrote long letters to family, friends and newspaper editors, played a competitive and masterful game of Scrabble, had a legendary cookie mix and mirleton recipe, and told spell-bounding stories. She was extraordinarily courageous and resilient when faced with paralysis at the age of 91 due to a medical mishap.

Yvonne was valedictorian of Ursuline High School and graduated with high honors from Ursuline College, New Orleans. In an M.A. program for social work, she attended Sophie Newcomb at Tulane. She was unable to complete that degree due to World War II and her marriage on May 22, 1942 to Edward Nicholls Pugh.

She and her husband of 53 years spent forty-six years in Waco, Texas. There they dedicated their lives to raising a family and educational and social justice concerns. She was employed by the parochial schools and had a gift for teaching children with special needs. Yvonne was instrumental in starting the first hospice care in Waco. As a Nursing Home Advocate, she embraced the legislative aspects of nursing home reforms. She was a tireless force for prison reform and opposition to the death penalty. This ministry led her to visit and write letters to many on death row. In 1991 Yvonne and Edward were awarded the Waco Humanitarian Award for the Conference of Christians and Jews.
Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents, Amelie Rivet and Frederick Robert Duplantier; her husband, Edward Nicholls Pugh; her younger siblings, Robert, Crozet, Leon, Earl, Adrian and Louis Duplantier; and her beloved grandsons, David Edward Pugh and John Robert Pugh, Jr.

Yvonne is survived by her sister, Audrey Cerise, and sister-in-law, Sally Duplantier of New Orleans, her six children: Kathy Griffin (John) of Nashville, Tn., Edward N. Pugh (Marie Burns) of Davis, Ca., John Robert Pugh (Margaret) of Juneau, Alaska, Michael F. Pugh (Claudia) of Arlington, Texas, Dorothy Molofsky (Jay) of McKinleyville, Ca. and Jackie Pugh (J. Scott Luther) of San Antonio, Texas.
Her grandchildren are: Mary Griffin Harden (Steve), John Griffin, Jr. (Maria), Megan Griffin, Aimee N. Pugh, David E. Pugh (deceased), Elizabeth Myler (Paul), John Robert Pugh, Jr. (deceased), Myra Pugh, (John R. Pugh's widow), Beth Nordlund (Jim), Michael Nicholls Pugh (Jessica), Howell Anyon Pugh (Rebecca), Casey Marie Stump (Jason), Adam Molofsky (Valetta), Ari Molofsky (Anna), Lisa Molofsky (Jason Meiser), Dana Elizabeth Luther (Veronica Dilzer) and Evan Marshall Luther (Katherine Berry) and many nieces and nephews.

Yvonne has 26 great –grandchildren: Anna Harden, Kate and John Edward Griffin, Sarah Crouch, Gabriel, Nolan and Jonah Myler, Sophia Yvonne Pugh, Lena and Aurelia Fields, Ella Nordlund, Jillian and Meredith Pugh, Maya, Emma and Sophie McCloskey, Payton Jennett, Curtis and Eleanor Pugh, Adrian, Jacob, and Nilah Molofsky, Eliana and Max Molofsky, Jediah and Jonah Meiser.
Her granddaughters, daughters-in-law, granddaughters- in- laws and step-grandchildren all debate "who" is Yvonne's favorite. She loved them all. Her determined spirit and influence are immense and everlasting.

Contributions may be made to: Cure International (Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders) Attn: Pauline and Charles Sullivan, P. O. Box 2310, Washington, D. C. 20013 or to a liberal charity of your choice.

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