Laurence Lucille Lucie Jacques

January 3, 1941 ~ August 5, 2010

Laurence "Lucie" Lutgring Jacques, 69, passed away Thursday, August 5, 2010, at 1:52 a.m. in a local hospital.

Originally from Erath, Lucie made her home in Lake Charles for 60 years. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Lucie will be remembered for her passion for theater, teaching, family and friends.

Lucie was a passionate teacher for 38 years in Calcasieu Parish, in both public and private schools. She was an advocate, mentor and friend to countless students at Westlake, St. Louis, and Barbe High Schools, as well as LCB Academy.

Lake Charles theatre-goers will undoubtedly recall her performances with local community theatre troupes, specifically as "Ousie Boudreaux" in Steel Magnolias, Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, and numerous performances in "The Society for the Preservation of Songs with Lyrics that Make Sense" among others.

Lucie's vast network of friends will always remember her for her extraordinary flair for decorating, her engaging stories, her love of the arts, and her one-of-a-kind cup of coffee.

She will be lovingly remembered by her Sweet Prince Hunter and baby brother Ashton Fisher as they continue her tradition of celebrating life with fishing, hunting, art, music , food and friends.

Lucie was preceded in death by her parents, Roberta Margaret DuBois Lutgring and her father, Jean Gautreaux "Goat" Lutgring and her former husband, Robert T. Jacques.

She is survived by her husband, Hanan "Haney" D. Delaney, her son Sean Gautreaux.

Jacques and his wife, Mary Ann, their children Hunter and Ashton Fisher Jacques; her daughter, Holly Jacques Turner and her husband, Mike; her sisters, Brenda Lutgring Watkins and Stephanie Lutgring; and her two nieces, Erica and Liza.

Her funeral will be at Saturday, August 7, at 12:30 at Immaculate Conception Cathedral under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Monsignor Charles DuBois will officiate. Visitation will be today, Friday, August 6, at Johnson Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. with a remembrance and rosary at 6:00 p.m. Donations may be made in Lucie's name to the Miracle Foundation at or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you find a special way to thank a teacher.

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  1. All day yesterday I shared stories about Mrs. Jacques with my friends and family. There are too many to write about here, but I'm sure as you read this you are thinking of at least a couple of times she not only made you smile, but laugh. She was a fascinating woman and a dynamic teacher. Even 16 years later, I continue to use her lessons and sayings in my everyday life. I was lucky to have known her.

  2. Although I did not know Ms. Jacques personally, she taught my daughter at Barbe last year. I can honestly say that she touched my daughters heart in a very special way. She always would tell me what a special person she was and that she had never met anyone like her. She will be greatly missed by the students at Barbe High School.

  3. Dear Brenda and Stephanie,My heart goes out to you and Lucie's beloved family and friends. I shall never forget any of my short time in Lake Charles and the friendships extended to me at that time by your family. The years have passed but not the memories of each of the Lutring girls. May the Lord Bless all of you during this very sad time. With love, prayers, and blessings, Linda Trojan Juba

  4. Dear Haney, Sean, Holly, Mary Ann and Family, We would like to express or condolences for the loss of wonderful Lucy. We are sorry that we could not be present today at the memorial, but have been thinking about you for days. Maybe Lucy is with Lillia telling jokes right now and reminiscing about the good times. Please let us know if you need anything at all. You are in our prayers. Love Always, The Dondis Family

  5. For the past two days, since I heard that Luci left us, I have had a flood of memories of her. We shared our love of students, love of family, love of frineds, encouranging each other in tough times and celebrating our little daily victories. Often times, we met in her den either sipping her special coffee or a glass of wine and talking of our passions and laughing about the absurdities of this world. So now, I am celebrating her life and the blessing she was to us all. My dear Hanney,Holly and Sean, I am so very sad for your loss. One thing I can say, she helped us to embrace life just by standing next to her. What a fabulous legacy she left behind.

  6. Haney, we are very sorry to hear about your wife and hope you accept our deepest sympathy. We pray that God will fill the void in your lives during this time and comfort each of you. You will be in our prayers and thoughts during this time.Dalton and Jackie Berry

  7. Holly and Haney, I am so sorry to hear about your mom and wife. Please accept my deepest sympathy. You and your family are in my prayers. I cannot attend the services because I am out of town but I will be thinking of you. Toni Bennett

  8. Holly, Sean and Haney,You will be in our prayers during this time. When I think of Mrs Jacques I only remember her heart warming smile that could brighten the darkest of days. She will be greatly missed by many and we pray she is now surrounded by the angels and saints in Heaven. God bless, JC

  9. Holly,your mom was a jewel of a lady. I am most grateful forher kindness when dad was sick. I will think of you often as you seek to keep hold of the love and joy during the painful days following your loss of hersweet presence. Peace, tammera welsh

  10. I am so very sorry to hear about Lucy. She was a wonderful lady. We will certainly miss her wonderful excitement for life and warm friendliness. She was loved by some many. She was always a good hug. Lucy was always honest about how she felt and spoke up about matters dear to her heart. I know her students will hold her in their hearts. We will miss her. Love, Amy

  11. I had Lucy as a teacher in Spanish at St. Louis, and I must say that she expected a great deal from her students.She pushed me to work harder and made learning Spanish somewhat enjoyable. Little did I know that she would play a huge part in my wedding later in life. I enjoyed every minute with her at Sally's and never wanted her to leave. She was a wonderful story teller, joke teller, usually with some great accent,and someone to always look up to. I loved her style and grace. I remember long skirts, cowboy boots, ribbons in her hair, and her jewelery wow!! Her garage sale was the best I have ever been to, and I still cherish the things I got from it years ago. I will miss the backyard chats, and she will always hold many great memories in my heart. To her family, I am sorry for your loss. She made an impact on many people's lives.

  12. I had the pleasure of being a student of Lucie's for 3 years at St. Louis. I have so many wonderful memories of her. She was always my favorite. She was always such a joy to be around. Her kindness and patience, and her wonderful sense of humor are what I will remember most. Such a beautiful person. My sincere condolences. Peace be with you, Ms. Jacques.

  13. I had the priveledge of calling Mrs. J a teacher, mentor, friend and example in my life; even after graduation. While we are sharing stories.. I almost took a daily grade of an F when she brought goose liver pate to class. She taught me to embrace life, change and things I was afraid of. Her zest for life, encouragement and you can do it attitude somehow got me to open wide and swallow that cracker nearly whole! Although I will never try pate again; I learned to try things afraid; and to embrace change. The pate was only the beginning. Mrs. J was only a phone call away for assurance, and a bit of her firm Jeana you can do this as other life situations that were also hard to swallow would arise. I love her dearly, and she will be missed and not forgotten.

  14. I was a student of Mrs. Jacques and she was such an inspiration and role model to me. I thought the world of her and wanted to be just like her. She was one of the most amazing people I've ever known and I know so many others feel the same way. There will never be another like Mrs. Jacques and she will be incredibly missed. I love you Mrs. Jacques and Heaven just got brighter.

  15. I was a student of Mrs. Jacques for several years at St. Louis. I loved her zest for life, her sympathy violin, and her high expectations of us. I remember one beautiful day, she piled us all in her Suburban and had class in her back yard. Such a fabulous teacher and person! She had such an impact on so many people; hopefully that gives her family peace knowing that. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

  16. I was fortunate enough to have Ms. Jacques at Westlake High School for Spanish. I recall a lot of great memories, but the one that always makes me SMILE is the lesson of Spanish style dancing – and she asked the class for volunteers to help her demonstrate the Tango. Of course – no one volunteered – so she volunteered me to be her partner and we did the Tango (rose and all) across the green carpet of her classroom. – I'll NEVER forget that day!I could go on and on about the impact she had on me… let's just say, I wouldn't be the person I am today had it not been for a teacher like Lucie Jacques. She will be missed, but not forgotten.

  17. Lucie was a song and dance partner, fellow theatre fiend, popcorn supplier (courtesy of the Paramount Theatre next to the Arcade), and great pal of mine during our fabulous A.C.T.S. days in the '70s. How she made me laugh. How beautiful she was. What a magnanimous, bigger-than-life, awesomely brightlight she was in my life. Please accept all my love and condolense and strength at her passing. I know how much you'll miss the great lady, but, wow, heaven just hit the jackpot.

  18. lucie..she is a will be one of the sweetest woman I have ever met. she had class in the true sence of a southern belle, she had humor,love and fondly called me roberto, she was a mentor and wonderful friend to my sweet Emily who through her I met lucie many years back. lucie. you will alway be in our hearts and mind, you may be gone from this world but we all know you are looking down upon us from a safer place with that great smile and care free from you illness you so bravely battled to the end. I remember one Christmas I first met lucie and she had the biggest tree so full of Christmas decorations it bulged and I had never seen anythinglike it. too high for the room and so full of gift I thought I was in Macys. she was bold and colorfull in everything she did and it was reflected in her life, personality and smile. we will never forget you lucie. may god bless you and rest in peace, we will meet again.

  19. Lucy Jacques was an amazing woman. She was more than just a teacher, she was a mentor and an inspiration to all. She was my favorite teacher in high school and I will keep the life lessons and Spanish lessons in my heart forever. My thoughts are with Ms. Jacques' family.

  20. Lucy was there for me after the death of Bob helping do the heavy work of disposing of all the unwanted things in the office. I will always remember that special gift, as it was given freely and without wanting anything in return. It took a very special person to just appear without being asked. It is something that will always hold a special place in my heart.

  21. Mr. Haney-I am sorry for your loss. Ms. Jacques was more than just my Spanish teacher from high school, she was a friend for life. She was always supportive and encouraged you to be the best you could be; she never accepted anything but your best. You were always welcome at her house to discuss anything and everything- she was always brutally honest and respectful. I have to say that I would not be the person I am today without her influence. I will never forget the excitment she had when looking at my senior thesis photos during in college or her enthuasism towards her own photos, even the moose photos hanging in her house. She will be missed.

  22. Mrs. Jacques taught me Spanish at LaGrange in the mid 60's. We so thoroughly enjoyed her class. She was quite young and we all loved hearing her stories of her travels. She was such an inspiration. So sorry she is gone.

  23. Mrs. Jacques was my french teacher my freshmen year. French was not something that came easy to me but she was willing to do anything to help me learn. She had amazing stories that may learning so much more fun. She will be greatly missed.

  24. Ms. Jacques has touched my life in a very special way. She was inspirational in my interest in learning Spanish. I am bilingual because of my wonderful Spanish teacher! She inspired me to be a better sincere person. God blessings!

  25. My deepest sympathy in the loss of a wonderful lady. I knew Lucie when she and Bobby first married, before they had their children. A very vibrant, happy lady. I worked for Bobby when he first passed the bar and began practicing law. H.D. isn't it ironic that you married this lovely lady.

  26. My heart goes out to all of you. The Lutgrings have been a part of my life for 60+ years…especially my dear friend Stephanie. I remember Lucie giving me words of encouragement before I moved to France…Well they weren't too encouraging but I went anyway!

  27. My prayers are with the family and loved ones.Mrs. Jacques was my Spanish teacher at LaGrange High in 1965. I vividly remember the first day of Spanish class. She assigned Spanish names for everyone in the class. She informed me my assigned name for her class was Pedro. I remember telling her at the time I did not like that name and added the fact that my given name was Wayne, no matter in what language it was spoken. Well, that did not go far with her and my name remained Pedro for the remainder of the term. I was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam in 1969. After my arrival and subsequent assignment in the field, I found myself thinking of her Spanish class quite often during lulls in my tour. I quite often pondered the thought of capture by the NVA or VC. What name would I give to the enemy when asked my name and other information….I decided, if I had to face that bridge and then croos it, my name would be Pedro and would remain Pedro as long as I was held or kept alive. Thankfully, that bridge was never crossed.She had quite a unique talent of teaching people to deal with the things that were tough in life; things difficult to understand; making decisions that were not the popular thing to do and how to handle situations with no immediate solutions in sight.She taught me to never give up; to stand up and be counted; never quit on anything that you believe in.Spanish class, with her as my teacher, was to me, one of the most valuable life lessons I have experienced in my 61 years of life. She taught me Spanish, but most of all she opened my mind in order for me to be able to make the difficult decisions of life a little easier.I thank Mrs. Jacques for lessons well taught and valued to this day and having the patience to deal with me. May God bless the family knowing she is with the Lord and spreading knowledge and cheer in Heaven.Wayne Hill Bergeron

  28. Sra. Jacques was such an inspiration to me. She always looked out for me while I was at St. Louis. I remember her worrying about me because she thought I would not be able to pay for my fieldtrip and tried to give me the money. She lifted me up and gave me the determination to become an influential person in this society. I became a Spanish teacher. I thank God over and over for letting her be a part of my life. God Bless.

  29. Teaching is leaving a vestige of one self in the development of another. And surely the student is a bank where you can deposit your most precious treasures. ~Eugene P. Bertinand because Lucie was a phenomenal human being and passionate teacher, the world is better with the rich deposits she made! God bless, Sean, Hollie, and your families. Thank you for sharing your Mom with us.

  30. Thinking of all of you at this time. Will miss that bright light. Thanks for being at her side. I know she loved all of you.Maretta

  31. We think of the effective teachers we have had over the years with a sense of recognition, but those who have touched our humanity we remember with a deep sense of gratitude. – AnonymousThere aren't enough words to describe what a truly wonderful woman Ms. Jacques was! She was always one of my very favorite teachers at WHS – daring students to be great! She was a blessing and an inspiration and will be deeply missed.

  32. What an amazing woman! She was one of my favorites in life. I currently have breast cancer and she inspired me constantly. God Bless, Lucie!

  33. Wow.. where do I start? Ms. Jacques was such a special person. She was a teacher but more so a life-long friend. I remember the days when she would annouce pop-quiz. Ofcourse the entire class would start complaining. She would take this miniture violin out and start playing it as she would say, you want some cheese with that whine, my darlings? I miss her already. She furnished my entire first apartment in college with furniture she insisted she didnt use or need anymore. Ms. Jacques was the type of friend you always wanted to be around because she was 'real'. she would have you in stitches laughing one minute, and then mesmerized by an amazing story the next minute. I will miss her hugs.. and her constant reminder that life is a journey.. make the most of it. My sincere condolences to her entire family. love you all.

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