Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Faith Cathedral, 4416 Highway 14 in New Iberia, for Joy Rita Viator, 79, who died on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in New Iberia.

Interment will follow in Rosehill Cemetery.

A gathering of family and friends will be Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church.

A native and lifelong resident of New Iberia, Joy Rita was born on February 21, 1934. She was the daughter of Notice and Lillian Dorsey Viator.

Survivors include her children Debra R. Jeansonne and husband, J., of New Iberia, Miki DaCosta and husband, Richard, of New Iberia, Shane Toups and wife, Jermaine, of New Iberia, Shannon Toups and companion Shawn Bares of Broussard; brothers and sisters Myrtle Derouen of New Iberia, Edward “Te-Boy” Viator and wife, Jean, of New Iberia, Harvey Viator of New Iberia, Danny Viator and wife, Willie Mae, of Coteau, Notice “Butch” Viator Jr. and companion Mary of New Iberia; 11 grandchildren Stacy, Jerico, Rene, Raul, Raven, Kassie, Riley, Korie, Kalyb, Brandon and Chandler; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Jean Latiolais; and an infant daughter.

Pallbearers will be Raul Trevizo, Shane Toups, Brandon Davison, Kalyb Boudreaux, Richard DaCosta and Jerico Jeansonne.

Honorary pallbearers include her brothers and son-in-law.

To view online obituary and sign guestbook, go to

Pellerin Funeral Home, 502 Jefferson Terrace Blvd., New Iberia, LA 70560, 365-3331, is in charge of arrangements.

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