Our knowledgeable staff are passionate about providing families guidance and support during the funeral planning process and well after the funeral. Together, we can honor your loved one’s life while beginning your grief journey.

 

 

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Travis Lawrence Manager, Funeral Director, Embalmer, Crematory Operator

Travis has been involved in the funeral business in various capacities since 1996. He graduated in 2001 with a B.S. from LSU in Human Resources Management, in 2003 with an M.B.A. from Nicholls State University, and in 2005 with an A.S in Mortuary Studies from Delgado Community College. He is a licensed funeral director/embalmer and crematory retort operator. In addition, he manages the day to day operations of the funeral home. Travis enjoys the beach, camping, spending time at the lake fishing or boat riding, and spending time with family and friends. He is married to Reagan, who teaches at a local Catholic elementary school in Thibodaux. Together, they have one son, Wyatt.

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Jared Kees Manager, Funeral Director/Embalmer, Crematory Operator

Jared grew up in the shadow of the funeral home. A 5th generation member of the family owned business, he received his Funeral Director/Embalmer’s license after attending Delgado Community College’s Mortuary Studies in New Orleans, LA. He is also a graduate of Nicholls State University. He is an acting Manager of the funeral home, overseeing the daily management and operation of it. As a licensed funeral director/embalmer, his duties include embalming, funeral arrangements, removals, cosmetics, dressing, casketing, and funeral services. He is married to Michelle Kees. Together, they have 4 children

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Victoria Davis Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

A graduate of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Victoria has been in funeral services since 2013. She is a licensed funeral director/embalmer, and her duties include embalming, funeral arrangements, removals, cosmetics, dressing, casketing, and funeral services. A native of Gretna now residing in Thibodaux, she is married to Chance Duet. They have a son, Oliver Duet, a daughter, Lillian Duet, and a shelter rescue dog named Dashi.

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Sarah LaRose Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Sarah has been around the funeral business all of her life as the daughter of Craig Kees, a co-owner of Samart Funeral Home. In high school, she began working at the funeral home during the summers and continued to work in the funeral business after graduating. She took a hiatus in order to attend Nicholls State University and returned to the family business in June 2015, where she now fulfills her duties as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. She enjoys novels, crocheting, and playing with her cat and dog. Since May 2014, she has been married to Brett LaRose.

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Walton Guidry Jr. Part Time Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Walton Guidry, Jr. (known as “Jr.”) has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 40 years. He began his career in the Army during the Vietnam Conflict, when he was assigned to Grave Registration. After his tour of duty, he attended Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science in Houston, TX. He is married to Malvina Guidry, who he has known since elementary school, and they have two children and two grandsons. He and Malvina now reside in Thibodaux, but they were both born and raised down Bayou DuLarge. Since he was the oldest of 8 children of a fisherman, Bayou DuLarge will always be his home. He enjoys fishing, traveling, and spending time with his family.

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Stephen Kees Part Time Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Stephen grew up in the shadow of the funeral home and began actually working there in 1989. A 5th generation member of the family owned business, he received his Funeral Director/Embalmer’s license in 2003 after attending Delgado Community College’s Mortuary Studies in New Orleans, LA. He is also a graduate of Nicholls State University. As a licensed funeral director/embalmer, his duties include embalming, funeral arrangements, removals, cosmetics, dressing, casketing, and funeral services. He is husband to Mary Truxillo Kees, and they enjoy traveling, the outdoors, fishing, and the culinary arts.

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Reed Gros Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Crematory Operator

Reed has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1988. He retired in 2016 from the Berwick Police Department as a Patrolman and joined our team in 2021. He has been married to his wife Glenda for 48 years and they have a son and a daughter and 4 grandchildren.

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Caroline Gros Licensed Funeral Director

After attending her great-grandmother's funeral at 8 years old, Caroline became curious about the concept of death and funeral ceremonies. Caroline graduated from Belle Chasse High School in 2011, Baton Rouge Community College in 2015 with an Associates in Liberal Arts, and Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 2016 with an Associates in Funeral Service with honors. She currently lives in Geismar with her librarian fiancée Ryan and their female cat Wilton. Caroline enjoys drawing, coloring, and writing.   

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Megan Vizier Funeral Director Intern

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Hailey Franklin Licensed Cosmetologist

A graduate of South Louisiana Beauty College, Hailey has been in funeral services since 2020. She is a licensed cosmetologist, and has been in the cosmetic industry for several years. Her duties include cosmetics, hair, dressing, casketing, and funeral services. A native of Thibodaux, LA. she is married to Jarek Franklin. They have a  labrador retriever named Dixie Lynn. Hailey enjoys family cookouts, fishing and karaoke.

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Brad Thibodaux Pre-Need Counselor

Brad Thibodaux has worked at the funeral home since January 1, 2019 as our pre-need counselor for both our Gray and Bayou Blue locations. A native of Houma, and a 1992 graduate of Terrebonne High School. He received his bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with a minor in American History from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Brad is member of the Knights of Columbus, active in Terrebonne High School Athletic Boosters and a past member of Terrebonne Parish Republican Action Committee. When he is not helping our families plan their services, you can find fishing, cooking, watching movies and just relaxing at home with his family.

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Sarah D. Martin Office Administration

A graduate of South Terrebonne High School in 2007, Sarah has been the Office Administrator at the Bayou Blue location since 2014. A resident of Montegut, LA and a native of Chauvin, LA, she is married to Tony “TJ” Martin, Jr. They have two daughters, Kinlie and Addison Martin. She is a parishioner of Vision Christian Center in Bourg, LA. She loves spending time with her family.  

 

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Mindy Adams Office Administration

Mindy is a graduate of Nicholls State University and has worked at our West Park location since May 2021. A resident of Schriever and native of Houma, she has worked in office administration since 2013. Mindy and her husband have 3 sons and 2 dachshunds. She enjoys spending time with her children, gardening, and shopping.

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Melissa Duet Office Administration

Born and raised in Thibodaux, Melissa is a 1996 graduate of Thibodaux High School, has worked in the fields of finance, accounting, and customer service. She has been with the funeral home since 2011. Her duties include overseeing office procedures, assisting funeral directors and management, and managing social media accounts. She is married to Lance and has children Seth, Will, and Luke and 2 cats, Poptart and Cookie. On her off time, Melissa enjoys organizing, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

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Michelle B. Kees Office Administration

A graduate of Terrebonne High School and Nicholls State University, Michelle has been in funeral services since 2010. She fulfills the responsibilities of Office Assistant/Secretary. Her personal interests include reading and baking. Married to Jared Kees, they have 4 children together.

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Wayne Dauzat Transportation Specialist, Maintenance, Crematory Operator

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Jonathan Breaux Transportation Specialist, Maintenance, Crematory Operator

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Donald Boudreaux Funeral Attendant

Donald has worked with the funeral home since 2012 assisting funeral directors conduct visitations and funerals. He is a graduate of Assumption High School and is an alumnus of Nicholls State University. He and his wife have a son and a daughter and 6 grandchildren. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and deer processing.

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Yvette Daigs Funeral Attendant

After 33 years of service with the State, Yvette joined the team in 2020 where she assists funeral directors with visitations, funeral services, and burials.  She is a 1983 graduate of H.L. Bourgeois High School and parishioner of St. Bridget Catholic Church. She is the proud mom of 1 daughter who is a speech therapist and 1 son, who is currently serving in the United States Air Force, and 2 grandchildren. In her spare time Yvette enjoys fishing, going to the beach and spending time with her grandkids.

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Pat Domingue Funeral Attendant

Pat has been with the funeral home since September 2011, where she assists funeral directors with visitations, funeral services, and burials. She is a graduate of Thibodaux High School and also earned her M.Ed. in Education from Nicholls State University. Born and raised in Thibodaux, she is mother to 5 children and 10 grandchildren. She is now widowed. She enjoys traveling, reading, and walking.

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Hannah Giandelone Funeral Attendant

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Emma Zeringue Funeral Attendant

Travis Lawrence

Manager, Funeral Director, Embalmer, Crematory Operator
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Travis has been involved in the funeral business in various capacities since 1996. He graduated in 2001 with a B.S. from LSU in Human Resources Management, in 2003 with an M.B.A. from Nicholls State University, and in 2005 with an A.S in Mortuary Studies from Delgado Community College. He is a licensed funeral director/embalmer and crematory retort operator. In addition, he manages the day to day operations of the funeral home. Travis enjoys the beach, camping, spending time at the lake fishing or boat riding, and spending time with family and friends. He is married to Reagan, who teaches at a local Catholic elementary school in Thibodaux. Together, they have one son, Wyatt.

Jared Kees

Manager, Funeral Director/Embalmer, Crematory Operator
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Jared grew up in the shadow of the funeral home. A 5th generation member of the family owned business, he received his Funeral Director/Embalmer’s license after attending Delgado Community College’s Mortuary Studies in New Orleans, LA. He is also a graduate of Nicholls State University. He is an acting Manager of the funeral home, overseeing the daily management and operation of it. As a licensed funeral director/embalmer, his duties include embalming, funeral arrangements, removals, cosmetics, dressing, casketing, and funeral services. He is married to Michelle Kees. Together, they have 4 children

Victoria Davis

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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A graduate of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Victoria has been in funeral services since 2013. She is a licensed funeral director/embalmer, and her duties include embalming, funeral arrangements, removals, cosmetics, dressing, casketing, and funeral services. A native of Gretna now residing in Thibodaux, she is married to Chance Duet. They have a son, Oliver Duet, a daughter, Lillian Duet, and a shelter rescue dog named Dashi.

Sarah LaRose

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Sarah has been around the funeral business all of her life as the daughter of Craig Kees, a co-owner of Samart Funeral Home. In high school, she began working at the funeral home during the summers and continued to work in the funeral business after graduating. She took a hiatus in order to attend Nicholls State University and returned to the family business in June 2015, where she now fulfills her duties as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. She enjoys novels, crocheting, and playing with her cat and dog. Since May 2014, she has been married to Brett LaRose.

Walton Guidry Jr.

Part Time Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Walton Guidry, Jr. (known as “Jr.”) has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 40 years. He began his career in the Army during the Vietnam Conflict, when he was assigned to Grave Registration. After his tour of duty, he attended Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science in Houston, TX. He is married to Malvina Guidry, who he has known since elementary school, and they have two children and two grandsons. He and Malvina now reside in Thibodaux, but they were both born and raised down Bayou DuLarge. Since he was the oldest of 8 children of a fisherman, Bayou DuLarge will always be his home. He enjoys fishing, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Stephen Kees

Part Time Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Stephen grew up in the shadow of the funeral home and began actually working there in 1989. A 5th generation member of the family owned business, he received his Funeral Director/Embalmer’s license in 2003 after attending Delgado Community College’s Mortuary Studies in New Orleans, LA. He is also a graduate of Nicholls State University. As a licensed funeral director/embalmer, his duties include embalming, funeral arrangements, removals, cosmetics, dressing, casketing, and funeral services. He is husband to Mary Truxillo Kees, and they enjoy traveling, the outdoors, fishing, and the culinary arts.

Reed Gros

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Crematory Operator
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Reed has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1988. He retired in 2016 from the Berwick Police Department as a Patrolman and joined our team in 2021. He has been married to his wife Glenda for 48 years and they have a son and a daughter and 4 grandchildren.

Caroline Gros

Licensed Funeral Director
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After attending her great-grandmother's funeral at 8 years old, Caroline became curious about the concept of death and funeral ceremonies. Caroline graduated from Belle Chasse High School in 2011, Baton Rouge Community College in 2015 with an Associates in Liberal Arts, and Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 2016 with an Associates in Funeral Service with honors. She currently lives in Geismar with her librarian fiancée Ryan and their female cat Wilton. Caroline enjoys drawing, coloring, and writing.   

Megan Vizier

Funeral Director Intern
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Hailey Franklin

Licensed Cosmetologist
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A graduate of South Louisiana Beauty College, Hailey has been in funeral services since 2020. She is a licensed cosmetologist, and has been in the cosmetic industry for several years. Her duties include cosmetics, hair, dressing, casketing, and funeral services. A native of Thibodaux, LA. she is married to Jarek Franklin. They have a  labrador retriever named Dixie Lynn. Hailey enjoys family cookouts, fishing and karaoke.

Brad Thibodaux

Pre-Need Counselor
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Brad Thibodaux has worked at the funeral home since January 1, 2019 as our pre-need counselor for both our Gray and Bayou Blue locations. A native of Houma, and a 1992 graduate of Terrebonne High School. He received his bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with a minor in American History from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Brad is member of the Knights of Columbus, active in Terrebonne High School Athletic Boosters and a past member of Terrebonne Parish Republican Action Committee. When he is not helping our families plan their services, you can find fishing, cooking, watching movies and just relaxing at home with his family.

Sarah D. Martin

Office Administration
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A graduate of South Terrebonne High School in 2007, Sarah has been the Office Administrator at the Bayou Blue location since 2014. A resident of Montegut, LA and a native of Chauvin, LA, she is married to Tony “TJ” Martin, Jr. They have two daughters, Kinlie and Addison Martin. She is a parishioner of Vision Christian Center in Bourg, LA. She loves spending time with her family.  

 

Mindy Adams

Office Administration
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Mindy is a graduate of Nicholls State University and has worked at our West Park location since May 2021. A resident of Schriever and native of Houma, she has worked in office administration since 2013. Mindy and her husband have 3 sons and 2 dachshunds. She enjoys spending time with her children, gardening, and shopping.

Melissa Duet

Office Administration
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Born and raised in Thibodaux, Melissa is a 1996 graduate of Thibodaux High School, has worked in the fields of finance, accounting, and customer service. She has been with the funeral home since 2011. Her duties include overseeing office procedures, assisting funeral directors and management, and managing social media accounts. She is married to Lance and has children Seth, Will, and Luke and 2 cats, Poptart and Cookie. On her off time, Melissa enjoys organizing, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Michelle B. Kees

Office Administration
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A graduate of Terrebonne High School and Nicholls State University, Michelle has been in funeral services since 2010. She fulfills the responsibilities of Office Assistant/Secretary. Her personal interests include reading and baking. Married to Jared Kees, they have 4 children together.

Wayne Dauzat

Transportation Specialist, Maintenance, Crematory Operator
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Jonathan Breaux

Transportation Specialist, Maintenance, Crematory Operator
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Donald Boudreaux

Funeral Attendant
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Donald has worked with the funeral home since 2012 assisting funeral directors conduct visitations and funerals. He is a graduate of Assumption High School and is an alumnus of Nicholls State University. He and his wife have a son and a daughter and 6 grandchildren. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and deer processing.

Yvette Daigs

Funeral Attendant
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After 33 years of service with the State, Yvette joined the team in 2020 where she assists funeral directors with visitations, funeral services, and burials.  She is a 1983 graduate of H.L. Bourgeois High School and parishioner of St. Bridget Catholic Church. She is the proud mom of 1 daughter who is a speech therapist and 1 son, who is currently serving in the United States Air Force, and 2 grandchildren. In her spare time Yvette enjoys fishing, going to the beach and spending time with her grandkids.

Pat Domingue

Funeral Attendant
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Pat has been with the funeral home since September 2011, where she assists funeral directors with visitations, funeral services, and burials. She is a graduate of Thibodaux High School and also earned her M.Ed. in Education from Nicholls State University. Born and raised in Thibodaux, she is mother to 5 children and 10 grandchildren. She is now widowed. She enjoys traveling, reading, and walking.

Hannah Giandelone

Funeral Attendant
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Emma Zeringue

Funeral Attendant
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