Mary Frances Dunckelman Rabb, a retired school teacher & guidance counselor, active church member, and creative civic leader, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the home of her son, Greg Rabb, in Winchester, Tennessee.
She was a native of Raceland and a resident of Larose for the past 54 years. Mary was 77 years old.
She graduated from Raceland High School in 1955 as its Valedictorian. She was also the homecoming queen, cheerleader, editor of the yearbook staff, 4H club president, and a member of the volleyball and basketball teams. She then attended and graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. While attending Northwestern, she met and married John Hughes Rabb of Shreveport. After graduation, the young couple moved to New Orleans where Mary taught in the Orleans Parish School system for one year. They returned to Northwestern and obtained their Master’s Degrees in 1961. They then moved to Larose where they became teachers at Larose Cut-Off High School. Mary was a Geometry teacher and guidance counselor. As senior class sponsors at LCO High School, they helped students present the first Senior Variety Show and organized the first senior class trip, accompanying students on an educational bus/train tour of Washington, D.C. and New York City. When South Lafourche High School was opened in 1966, Marybecame a full time guidance counselor. She and John continued the tradition of Senior class sponsorship, variety show directors, and class trip chaperones.
After many years of teaching,Mary entered the business world and opened a clothing store called “The Greenhouse” in Larose. Later, she returned to teaching at Larose Cut-Off Junior High School where she finally retired.Mary and John enjoyed nothing more than spending time on the Farm in Winchester and traveling with their grandchildren Will and Kelly from the Great Smokey Mountains to The Colorado River.
Mary was an active member of the Bayou Civic Club, serving on its Board of Directors for several terms. She was also elected to their Hall of Fame. She remained active in the organization and was a great mentor to several of the organization’s directors. Mary was a member of Krewe of Versailles and was Queen VIII with King Leonard Chabert.
Mary was an active parishioner of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Larose. She served on the Pastoral Council, Liturgy Committee, and was one of the creative people who decorated the church each season. She was a youth minister, confirmation leader, Eucharistic Minister, and scheduled ministers, ushers, lectors & commentators for the Sunday evening mass every week.
Mary is survived by her son, Gregory Dunckelman Rabb, daughter-in-law, Mary Kay Comeaux Rabb, grandson, Will René Rabb & fiancé, Shaina Arp, granddaughter Kelly Rabb Bolin & husband, Kason Bolin, and great granddaughter, Charleigh Bolin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hughes Rabb, daughter, Kelly Elizabeth Rabb, and parents, Florence Dill Dunckelman and William Francis Dunckelman.
Mary will be remembered for her dedication to the causes of youth. She was an advocate of young people and devoted her life, along with her husband, John, to their behalf. Both John and Mary made every young person they touched feel special.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on August 1, 2015 in Larose at Our Lady of the Rosary Church.
Visitation will begin at 9:30 until funeral time.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be forwarded to Kelly Grove Campground of the Larose Regional Park, PO Box 1055, Larose, LA., 70373 or Maryand John Rabb Memorial Scholarship Fund, 135 West 25th Street, Larose, LA 70373.
Grant Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.