Melinda Guarino

August 4, 1947 ~ April 4, 2011

Melinda Hanley Guarino, 63, of Moss Bluff, died at 6:20 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2011, in a local hospital.

Mrs. Guarino was born on August 4, 1947, in Church Point, Louisiana, and lived in Jennings for 20 years. She was a graduate of Jennings High School and lived in Moss Bluff for 32 years. She worked for Citgo Petroleum for 34 years. Her life was sustained by her deep faith in God. When she wasn't at work, her time was spent with her family that she loved so dearly.

Mrs. Guarino is survived by her children, Jacki LaFargue Nixon and husband Mark of Lake Charles; Clay LaFargue and wife Daniel of Laguna Niguel, CA; Candace LaFargue Long and husband Charles of Madison, MS; Bobby LaFargue and wife Kourtney of Moss Bluff; Angela Guarino Madden and husband Jason of Moss Bluff; Toni Michelle Guarino of Moss Bluff; and stepson John W. Guarino, Jr., and wife Kristi of Tampa, FL; mother, Judy Hanley of Jennings; brothers, Richard Hanley and wife Julie of Baton Rouge; Mark Hanley and wife Kelly of Arlington, TX; Michael Hanley and wife Maria of LaPlace; sisters, Sheila Miller and husband Glenn of Lafayette, Becky Hamilton and husband Brian of Lake Charles; Sharon Fuselier and husband Danny of Moss Bluff, and Jean Fontenot and husband Nathan of Jennings; and 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband John W. Guarino, Sr. and father Dr. H. A. Hanley. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, in Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. The Reverend Doyle Evans will officiate. Burial will be in Consolata Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, and from 8 a.m. until service time on Thursday. A scripture service will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home with the Reverend Keith Pellerin officiating.

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  2. Bobby and family, I was sorry to see your beloved Mom passed away. My Mom is 67 and my best friend, and can't imagine her not being around. I pray for God to comfort you and your family at this difficult time.

  3. Bobby and Kourtney, I am thinking of you. Sorry for your loss. She was lovely. I remember meeting her when you guys were out for dinner. Lori

  4. Dear Family of Melinda, I pray the Lord will stregthen you at this time of loss of the life of Melinda. May God comfort you with the memories you shared and give you hope that she is at rest with our Heavenly Father.

  5. During a weekend trip to the Bernard's camp 2 and half years ago, I had my last hour-long conversation with Uncle Jay. We spoke of many things, including politics, family, and Aunt Melinda. When he mentioned her name, he spoke of her so fondly, stating how he just LOVED her heart of gold. He mentioned how she was always willing to give to anyone who needed anything.I'll never forget that conversation for two reasons: the loving way in which he spoke of her and the truth in what he said about how wonderful Aunt Melinda was. I hope that all who are in relationships experience the same, selfless love that they shared with each other. (In fact, I'm sure that they are dancing in heaven together watching over all of us right now.) I also hope that I can be as loving, generous, faithful, and selfless as Aunt Melinda. She will surely be missed by all!

  6. Guanrino Family, my deepest condolences to you at this time. I enjoyed working with Melinda for 30+ years. She always had a smile on her face and a huge heart. I know she will be missed by many. Healing prayers to all.

  7. I had the pleasure of working with Melinda at the acid plant 30+ years ago. I was in awe of her confidence and ability to do a job that at that time was done mostly by men. I didn't work there long but we never passed each other in the clockhouse without speaking and a smile. When I reminded her that she was two minutes late she would just smile and say Oh, Dixie She made me a better person. What a legacy of love she left to her friends and family. God Bless all of you. She loved you all so much.

  8. I will always remember how welcoming Melinda was to me when I came into the family and the sweet note she wrote me. I love how she always shared her feelings openly about Jesus, her beautiful, glowing smile and her wonderful laugh. I will miss her and I can't believe she is gone. I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful woman.

  9. Melinda was a wonderful Christian woman. She was always so gracious and kind, showing us truly what southern hospitality meant.We will miss her greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  10. Melinda was one of the sweetest ladies that I ever had the privilege to meet. She loved The Lord, she loved people, and people loved her. Seeing her at work always brightened up my day. She was like a sister to me, sharing The Gospel with me, and fussing at me when I needed fussing at. The one thing that helps me deal with her passing is that I know without any doubt whatsoever that Melinda is safe from harm, and is spending eternity with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  11. Thank you, Mrs. Melinda for being the Queen Bee of our unit and being so kind and loving to all of us and making coming to work a special experience! You will be truly missed and I think I speak for all of us at the Acid Plant, that you will be missed! We love you and know that you are in the true, special place that you so richly deserve!

  12. There are so many great things that I will always remember about my step-mother. She always treated me like her own, she always tried to make things fun and special. I remember her taking us to the movies or going out to eat even when she worked all night and had to do it all over again that night. It was not until I became a parent that I realized the great sacrifices that were made for us to have a great childhood.I also remember how brave she was, no, not being a mother to seven kids but for teaching me how to drive :)Gone from us still here on earth but never, never forgotten.

  13. What a shock! Many memories of my childhood come to mind since I heard about Melinda's passing. Thanks to the whole family for sharing summers with me in Jennings and in Florida. Aunt Judy, my prayers are with you especially. She is now in heaven with mom who passed away on March 9. Love you Frances Lynn

  14. When I think of Melinda, I think of sunshine…on a perfect day. I loved it when I called her one time to ask if she wanted to work some available overtime….she laughed said, No thank you….Melinda, sweet Melinda…you blessed us with your presence here in our journey though life, it won't be the same without you.

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