Marva Mae Ricardo Paul, 78, a resident and native of Franklin, LA, passed on Sunday June 4, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the Iberia Medical Center Extended Care Hospital in New Iberia, LA.
Visitation will resume on Saturday June 10, 2017 from 8:00 AM until a rosary being recited at 9:45 AM at the St Jules Catholic Church in Franklin, LA. Tributes will follow the recitation of the rosary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM with Father Peter Emusa serving as the Celebrant. Entombment will follow mass services in the Mausoleum Section of the Perpetual Park Cemetery in Franklin, LA.
Marva leaves to continue to celebrate her life, her husband, Edward Paul of Franklin, LA; one sister—Magnolia “Nola” Rae and Nola’s husband, Kendall Baker of New Orleans, LA; three children—her daughter Karla and Karla’s husband, Clarence Vappie of Baldwin, LA; her son Raphael and his wife Marchez of Lafayette, LA; her daughter Marla Chirdon of New Orleans, LA; four grandchildren—Clarence Roscoe Vappie (“Petie”), Kaleb Paul, Austin Paul, Suhayla Chirdon, and a host of extended family and many friends. She will live forever in the hearts and minds of her family who loved her dearly.
Marva was preceded in death by her parents, Washington Whitney Ricardo and Letitia Moton Ricardo.
“Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Marva Mae Ricardo was born September 12, 1938 to her proud parents Washington Whitney Ricardo and Letitia Moton Ricardo in Franklin, Louisiana. She has one sibling, Magnolia Rae Ricardo, and they grew up very close to each other. As a youth, Marva was very agile and performed in many school activities. She ran track, played basketball, sang in the school choir, and performed in plays under the direction of Mrs. Arizona Wells. In her formative years, her parents became close to an evangelist from Chicago who was affiliated with Sager Brown School, Mrs. Evelyn R. Hooks. Mrs. Hooks fell in love with Marva. With no children of her own, she would travel to Louisiana to pick up Marva, and they traveled all over the United States. Marva looked forward to her summer and her great adventures.
After graduating from Willow Street High School, Marva attended Southern University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. While at Southern she ran track and was affiliated with the first all-girls drill team which marched at many historically Black colleges. Marva was always conscious of and concerned about Black civil rights. She marched for equal rights at Southern on numerous occasions. She marched with the likes of H. (Rap) Brown. Female students could not leave the campus during the day, and Marva took quite a chance in participating in those off-campus civil rights activities.
After graduation, she met and married her husband of 55 years, Edward Paul. Of that union three children were born: Karla Patrice, Raphael Sean, and Marla Letitia.
Marva began her teaching career at Mary Hines Elementary School and taught there for over 20 years. She worked at the St. Mary Parish Alternative School and ended her career at St. John Elementary School. She loved her students, and they loved her. She always found extra money for school supplies, socks, underclothes, and more for her less fortunate students. Many of them never forgot Marva’s generosity.
Marva was a loving daughter, a faithful wife, and a dedicated mother and grandmother. Those who knew her loved her and will always remember her quiet demeanor and her loyalty to her family and friends. Marva was a lifelong Christian. Her grandfather, Rev. Joseph Walter Ricardo, was a Methodist minister, and Marva was christened in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She was a dutiful Methodist. Later in life, she converted to Catholicism and reared her children in that faith as members of St. Jules Catholic Church.