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Sadie Eve Riché Guedry
Sadie was born April 18, 1920 and died on Monday, February 5, 2024 in South Bend, Indiana at the age of 103. She had been a resident of Wellbrooke of South Bend since 2014. Preceded her in death were her parents, Jimmie and Eva Grimble Riché, her brother Lt. Jimmie Lee Riché (Helen) of Port Arthur, TX, a sister, Ann (Nelson) Lewis of Hayward, CA, her husband and the love of her life, Joseph Allen Guedry, two brothers-in-law, Richard Thomas of South Bend, and Nelson Lewis, of Hayward, CA, a niece, Christine Genge (Chris) of San Diego, CA, an infant nephew, Christopher Thomas, an infant grandniece, Teresa Thomas. She left behind many great-nieces and nephews, plus great-great-nieces and nephews, and friends, still keeping in touch with friends or family in Louisiana.
Sadie is survived by her sister, Teresa Nell Thomas of South Bend, three nieces- Giner (Paul) Cannole of Oregon, Susan Normand of California, and Susan (J.D.) Weir of Houston, TX; three nephews, Richard (Ann) Thomas, Jr., Michael (Cindie McPhie), both of South Bend, and Daniel (Shari) of Granger.
After graduating from Evergreen, LA (near Bunkie), Sadie worked for the government while attending Spenser Business College in Alexandria. Because of the gas shortage during WWII, she eventually had to quit. She was always a very good student, excelling in math.
Nearby Camp Evangeline (later renamed Claiborne) hosted dances for the soldiers and invited young women from the area to join them. Transportation was provided for the young women. The group was called “The Military Maids.” They dressed in their long, beautiful evening gowns. Their families invited soldiers for Sunday dinners. One of the young women, a friend of Sadie’s met, fell in love, and married a soldier from Illinois.
Sadie began working for Southern Bell Telephone Company in Bunie, LA in the traffic department as an operator. In the winter of 1951, a service ice storm hit Bunkie, taking down telephone and electric lines. A group of repairmen from the Plant Department in Baton Rouge, came to help, spending several repairing telephone lines. One of the repairment, Joseph Allen Guedry, was introduced to Sadie by a mutual friend. Their first date was dancing at the famous and beautiful nightclub, “Blue Moon”, in Bunkie. (The Blue Moon had many famous performers, including Harry James, Glen Miller, Fats Domino, and other big bands). It was a love match for Sadie and Allen.
To say that Allen was the love of her life and that Sadie was his, was true. They married on September 1, 1951 and started their life together in Baton Rouge, both working for SBT&T. Sadie eventually transferred to the office as a service representative, and retired in 1962 after 44 years of service.
During their marriage, the young couple looked after Sadie’s parents, often driving 90 miles to Bunkie. They took her parents with them to visit her sister and family in California, and another sister and family in Michigan. There was even a trip to Bracketville, TX, to visit her mother’s sister and family while the movie, “The Alamo” was being filmed there. The aunt’s son had a small part in it as well as being one of John Wayne’s stuntmen. After 1996, after both her parents were gone, the couple moved from Baton Rouge to South Bend to be near her sister and her family.
Although Sadie and Allen did not have children of their own, they poured themselves out buying gifts for family, friends, and neighbors. Her sister, Teresa, remembers the package she received when her daughter, Susan, was born. Here was a baby girl-finally-after three boys. When her husband came home and saw all the little girl outfits spread out on the bed, he said, “I see you got a package from your sister.”
Sadie loved pretty clothes, was a great cook, and kept herself and her beautiful home always neat and attractive. She loved to laugh, and at times, could have a wicked sense of humor. Many dinners and showers were hosted by her for family and friends. She was very bright and continued to read two newspapers daily until well into her 90’s.
Taking her shopping was the highlight of her husband’s day. He waited patiently while she shopped, often insisting she buy more than just one pretty dress. If what she wanted couldn’t be found at one of their favorite department stores, such as Gouchaeux’s in Baton Rouge, he would take her to Lafayette’s or New Orleans. Being avid LSU fans, they never missed a game in or out of state. Both of them dressed to the 9’s, as this was the fashion then.
To say that Sadie led a full life is putting it mildly. What a gift she and Uncle Al (as he was known to her family) were to her family and friends. She was always ready to “let the good times roll!” She had the uncanny ability to know exactly what she wanted and never looked back. Even as she aged, she kept her room at Wellbrooke neat, making sure she was dressed nicely, and never forgetting to put on her lipstick and blush every day. And also letting her sister know when she needed a new lipstick – always bright red.
A visitation will be from 4 to 6 on Thursday February 8, 2024 at the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, where a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. Funeral services be at 11 a.m. Friday February 9, 2024, in the funeral home, with entombment to follow in Highland Cemetery, South Bend. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com.