Ruth Cormier

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Funeral services for Ruth Derouselle-Cormier, 77,
of Leesville will be held Friday, February 2, 2018, at 1 pm at the Saint Michael The Archangel Catholic Church of Leesville. Burial will follow in the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of

Visitation will be Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. A Rosary will be at 7:00 P.M.

Ruth Marie
Cormier was the second-born of the late Cleopha and Ida Derouselle, in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana on December 4, 1941. She departed this earth on Friday, January 26, 2018. Ruth met the love of her life, Retired MSG Joseph C. Cormier at a Valentine’s
Day party and united in holy matrimony on May 5, 1962. Together, this couple blessed the New Llano and Leesville, Louisiana community. Ruth and Joseph both share a strong belief in their spiritual faith and commitment to community service.

Ruth retired from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) after twenty-five years of service as a Supervisor. She believed hard work coupled with an education brings success and prosperity into the
lives of others. Ruth belongs to AREA (AAFES Retired Employee Association), Women’s Circle of St. Michael Catholic Church, and the local G.O.A.L.S. (Giving Opportunities and Assistance with Learning Scholarships) organization. Ruth and Joseph are
active members involved in the local, district, and departmental levels of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary.

Ruth Cormier was an 18-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit
387, New Llano, Louisiana. Ruth was Community Service Chairwoman for the 8th District and Unit 387 American Legion Auxiliary, serving Veterans and Veteran families supported by her husband Joe. She was Membership Chairwoman for Unit 387 and very
efficient at recruiting new members. On the State level, she was Department Sergeant-at-Arms for over 10 years. She was very active with Girls State and was instrumental in ensuring that as many girls as possible were able to participate. She
traveled and participated in many American Legion National and Department Conventions through the years. Ruth was a dedicated and hardworking member of the American Legion Auxiliary that she loved dearly.

The legacy of Ruth Marie Cormier continues in her three daughters, Melissa Strauss, Ed.S., of Clinton, Mississippi; Dr. Antionella “Shelley” (Cedric) Upshaw of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Jannease (Ronald) Seastrunk, MS, VP of Community
Relations, in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Her grandchildren knew her as “MeMaw”. She nurtured each of the “Toodle-loos” with unconditional love and laughter. The seven grandchildren of Ruth and Joe are
Jalisa (Justin) Dyer of Brandon, Mississippi; Hillary Strauss of Jackson, Mississippi; Colin and Mia Upshaw of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Sydney, McKenzie, and Rubin Seastrunk of Alexandria, Louisiana. God blessed her to celebrate the birth of one great
grand-daughter and her namesake, Carrie Ruth Lewis.

She leaves to cherish her memories four sisters, Marcella (Clifford) Sassau, Virginia Derouselle, Octavia Norbert, and Pauline (Elridge) Menard; two
brothers, Cleopha (Thelma) Derouselle, Ralph Derouselle; three sisters-in-law, Velma Boyd of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, Mary Broussard of Lafayette, Louisiana, Gwen (Almo) Miller of Sunset, Louisiana, Barbara (Joe) Connor of Seattle, Washington, and a
host of nieces, nephews, and close friends.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, one brother Edward Derouselle, and one sister, Cordelia (Orel) Ledet.

Words of
comfort may be expressed to the Derouselle- Cormier Family at