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Iris Elizabeth Bagot (1924 - 2018)

Died: October 27, 2018

Magnanimous, glamorous and graceful are just some of the words which could be used to describe Iris Elizabeth Bagot. Iris was born April 15, 1924 and died October 27, 2018, and she lived a very full life. Her memory is celebrated by her three children Iris Joy Kepler (Dutch) of Breaux Bridge, LA, William Martin Gillis …read more

Magnanimous, glamorous and graceful are just some of the words which could be used to describe Iris Elizabeth Bagot. Iris was born April 15, 1924 and died October 27, 2018, and she lived a very full life. Her memory is celebrated by her three children Iris Joy Kepler (Dutch) of Breaux Bridge, LA, William Martin Gillis (Jody) of Lafayette, LA, and Gaynell Elizabeth Ash of Manchester, CT. Six grandchildren Jamie Elizabeth Rickman, Brian William Lambert, David Saul D’Aquin, Sara Day Gillis, Samuel Martin Gillis and wife Julie, and David William Ash. Great grandchildren Bailey, Garrett and Tyler Rickman, and one great-great grandchild Jackson Rickman. She was preceded in death by her parents George T. Vicknair and Stella Orillion Vicknair and her siblings Vera Vicknair, Norma Hannaman, Audrey Wright, and T. George Vicknair. Known for her ambition and faith, Iris was treasured by everyone who knew her. During World War II, Iris saw the Uncle Sam “We Want You” posters and felt compelled to serve her country. She joined the US Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) and was stationed at Newport, RI where she cared for injured soldiers returning from war. When Doris Day came to perform for the injured service members, Iris was her escort, and the two became dear friends. Fiercely patriotic, Iris never wavered in her love for freedom and the United States of America. She was also a competitive bowler, and, in her time in the US Navy WAVES, she beat out 35 men to win the top title in a bowling tournament. She also won bowling titles in both Lafayette, LA and Baton Rouge, LA .Iris later served as the executive secretary for Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis. At the core of Iris’s being, was the desire to help and empower women. She was one of the first Mary Kay representatives in the state of Louisiana, and she went on to become a Senior Director and one of the top representatives in the United States. Nothing brought her more joy than seeing the women on her team become successful and earn their pink Cadillacs. Iris maintained several of her Mary Kay clients up until her death. Iris was an adventurous woman who travelled the world; she wanted to see and experience everything. She loved reading. She adored her family. And she loved telling stories about her life and all the wonderful experiences she had. Funeral services are being handled by Rabenhorst Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, November 2, 2018 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church with visitation from 9:30 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Greenoaks Cemetery.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, November 2, 2018

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am

St. Thomas More Catholic Church

Address:

11441 Goodwood Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Service Information

Date: Friday, November 2, 2018

Time: 11:00 am -

St. Thomas More Catholic Church

Address:

11441 Goodwood Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, November 2, 2018

Greenoaks Memorial Park

Address:

9595 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

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