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Maxine Lorenza Encalade Duplessis

January 5, 1928 ~ June 5, 2022 (age 94)


Maxine Lorenza Encalade Duplessis entered into eternal rest on Sunday, June 5, 2022, at the age of 94. She was born on January 5, 1928, to Harry Joseph Encalade Sr. and Beatrice Soule Encalade of Pointe A-LA-Hache, Louisiana.

Beloved wife of the late Daniel George Duplessis. Maxine is survived by her children, Keith (Gilda) Domingue Sr., Trudy (Lawrence) Encalade – Smith, and Ruble (Lori) Encalade; grandchildren Danielle Domingue Sumi, Keith Domingue Jr, Quinn Encalade, Jude Encalade, Renzi Encalade-Smith, Alex Encalade and Ava Encalade; great grandson Matisse Sumi; sisters Luella Lockhart, Yolande Ganier; Brothers Harry Encalade ll and Alvarez Encalade. Preceded in death by siblings Wilma, Norman, Blaze, and Villere Encalade.

Maxine was a teacher in Plaquemines Parish for over 30 years.  Teaching was not only her profession, it was her passion.  In 2006, she was acknowledged as one of Plaquemines Parish Female Native Educators & Pioneers. Maxine was a woman of tough love, had grit, and fought for what she believed in. Her affiliation with Plaquemines Parish civil and political organization in 1960 aided in securing African American voting rights in the parish following the U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearings held in New Orleans.  She was one of the first African American women who applied and was registered to vote in Plaquemines Parish. Acknowledging her contributions to her parish, Maxine is featured in multiple exhibits in The Forgotten People Museum recently opened in Phoenix, LA.  She was a parishioner of St Thomas Catholic Church, where she played the organ for Saturday mass for many years.  Her cooking and crocheting abilities were top notch.  She enjoyed listening to Cajun music, fellowship with friends, spending time at the casino, and bragging about her grandchildren.        

The family appreciates your thoughts and prayers during this time.  There will be a private, graveside service at the request of our beloved one.

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