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Delia Julia Breaux Laird, age 93, of Gulfport, MS passed away August 3, 2020.
Mrs. Laird was born on September 11, 1926 to the late Jochen and Theresa Breaux. She was raised in Louisiana alongside her sister Janie. Mrs. Laird was Cajun (French, Italian) and grew up speaking French and English. In 1952, she was wed to Navy Chief Petty Officer Robert Laird. The couple moved frequently due to Mr. Laird’s military service the first ten years of their marriage. Upon Mr. Laird’s retirement, the couple settled in Gulfport, MS, where they raised their two children. Mrs. Laird called Gulfport her home for 56 years. In 2018, she relocated to Georgia to be closer to family. Mrs. Laird spent the remainder of her life in Newnan, Georgia.
Mrs. Laird was friendly and social. She never met a stranger. She especially enjoyed fishing, a good cup of coffee, long walks and bike rides. Mrs. Laird had a happy life full of good friends and many wonderful years raising her children and caring for her family. Mrs. Laird was an excellent cook. Her specialties were okra gumbo and fried chicken. These recipes weren’t written down, but in her memory and taught to her by her own mother. She enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables grown in her husband’s garden. She had a knack for sewing and sewed many of her children’s clothing. Mrs. Laird’s fun and spunky spirit will be dearly missed by her loved ones.
Along with her parents, Mrs. Laird was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years: Robert Kenneth Laird; son: Robert “Keith” Laird; sister: Janie Scardill. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Janet and Chuck Gillen of Newnan, GA.
The Laird family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville. Messages of condolence may be left at www.GeorgiaCremation.com.
Rebecca Underwood Kirkbride says
I enjoyed the time I got to spend with Mrs. Laird. She was so sweet and always had a beautiful and sincere smile for everyone around her. My thoughts and prayers are with Jan and Chuck during this tough time. Love to you both.
Pat and Barbara Fox says
Pat and I always enjoyed talking with Mr. and Mrs Laird. Mrs. Laird was a beautiful, gracious, Southern lady. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jan and Chuck. May God give you comfort and peace.
Gail and Ken Thaxton says
Jan your Mother was a sweet lady with a beautiful smile. Prayers for you and Chuck during this difficult time
Debra & Don Jensen says
Jan,I am very sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She was a dear sweet lady and I know she will be missed. The times we’ve met for dinner with your mother and father will always be remembered. Her friendly smile will be missed. Prayers going up for you and Chuck. We love you guts.
Mark and Melissa Ingram says
Jan, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you were very close to your mother and you will miss her. I always enjoyed our talks with her, we have many good memories of the times we spent with you, Chuck, Kenneth, Keith, and your lovely mother Di. You and Chuck are in our thoughts.
Toni Ganucheau says
Janet, I don’t know if you will remember me but I dated George Laird and married him for a short time (Toni Garner)-I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I want you to know that you and your family have been in my prayers. Please stay safe for you and all your family.