Mary Dale Melancon Bondy Obituary, Death – Mary Dale Melancon Bondy, 58, died at 5:30 p.m. on May 8, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Morganza, Louisiana, on February 11, 1965, she learned to cook, laugh, and pray from her hardworking parents and four sisters. She met Matt, her soulmate, at Catholic of Pointe Coupee. She moved to New Roads after marrying at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in 1985. After graduating from elementary teaching in 1987, she taught second and fourth grade and became the school librarian at Catholic of Pointe Coupee. Her subtle, caustic wit charmed her students.
She earned her Master of Arts in Reading Education from LSU in 1992 while eight months pregnant with her second child and working full-time. After 11 years of teaching, she and her husband became real estate agents with False River Realty in 2001. Her people skills and technological understanding made her a good fit. She was a selfless mother to Clay, Christian, and Hays, a member of the National Association of Realtors, a past president of the Mothers’ Culture Club, a member of Saint Mary’s church cleaning group, and helped her husband film the New Roads Lion’s Mardi Gras Carnival parades each year.
Mary Dale knew she had to go home and love her family to change the world. She worked hard every day to make her home a safe place for her children to grow, create, play, and dream. Mary Dale’s cajun cooking made her kitchen a family favourite. Mary Dale’s charm, wit, and beauty enchanted everyone, but her quiet strength was fed by her parents, family, and God. Mary Dale is survived by her devoted mother, Jo Ann Melancon; her four sisters, Marcella Dickinson, Toni Vollman, Darlene Sheridan, and Lynell Jordan, and their husbands; her Bondy in-laws; and her 23 nieces and nephews. Her beloved father, Joseph Clayton Melancon, died.
Monday, May 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, May 16, from 9 to 11:45 a.m., are Niland’s funeral home visitations. Father Miles Walsh will officiate the burial ceremony on Tuesday, May 16, at 12 p.m., followed by entombment at St. Mary’s Mausoleum and bereavement in the Parish Hall. Pallbearers include Clay Bondy, Hays Bondy, Adrian Smith, David Smith, Courtland Dickinson, and Ryan Jordan. The Melancon and Bondy families prefer donations to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mary Dale’s name instead of flowers.