Reeder Mae Eymard Leftwich, 85, passed away on December 24, 2017. She was born on May 30, 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Mazie Gisclair Eymard and Ferris Joseph Eymard. She was raised in Galliano and Cut Off, and attended Golden Meadow High School before graduating from Larose-Cut Off High School. She was an active contributor to the South Lafourche community, a distinguished entrepreneur, musician, artist, and the heart of the Leftwich family.
Reeder learned to play the piano and organ at an early age, and served for over fifty years as an organist for masses, weddings, and funerals at St. Joseph’s Church in Galliano, Sacred Heart Church in Cut Off, Holy Rosary Church in Larose, and the United Methodist Church in Galliano. Her musical talents were such that she played at area beauty pageants, local festivals, and for numerous weddings in New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, and the River Parishes. In recent years, she enjoyed playing for visitors to her home.
Reeder expressed her passion about her heritage through art and historical research. She was an avid painter, usually of South Louisiana themes, and won recognition at the Oyster Festival art competition in the 1970s. She developed an interest in genealogy in the 1960s and was active in local genealogy groups for the next five decades. She collected an extensive genealogy library and local families often turned to her for information about their own family lines.
Reeder and her mother co-founded and managed the Modern Shop clothing store in 1950. In 1956, she married Albert Irving Leftwich, a World War II combat veteran and school teacher from Thibodaux. Together, they expanded the Modern Shop to include men’s and children’s apparel, and offered tuxedo rentals. Beginning in the mid-1980s, they owned and managed Leftwich Real Estate (the former Gulftown subdivision).
For over sixty years, Reeder was the devoted wife of Albert Irving Leftwich until his passing in December 2016. She is survived by their three loving children—Albert, Letty, and Lawton—and one grandchild—Anna Catherine Leftwich. Her legacy of love, appreciation for the arts and music, and moral example will live on in them.
Visitation will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on December 29, 2017 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm with a mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon. Interment will be beside her late husband at the Cheramie Cemetery in Galliano.
The family would like to thank Mrs. Reeder’s caregivers and the staff of Lady of the Sea Hospital for their care and compassion.
Posted on Tue, December 26, 2017
by The Lafourche Gazette