Mary Babington

Published 2:13 pm Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mary O’Brien Erwin Babington, 95, a resident of Slidell, died at 12:07 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at the Park Provence assisted-living center.

She was born Sept. 26, 1922, and a former longtime resident of Franklinton. Mary was a native of Queens, N.Y., where she worked as a secretary for the FBI during World War II when she met her first husband. Together, they later moved to Franklinton, where she was a charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She enjoyed singing and entertaining her friends and family including a St. Patrick’s Day gathering each year, as she was very proud of her Irish heritage. Mary was also a longtime member of the Franklinton Women’s Club.

She is survived by: three sons and daughters-in-law, James Russell Erwin and Diane Erwin of Slidell, Michael R. Erwin and Sue Erwin of Baton Rouge, and Thomas B. “Tommy” Erwin, III of Franklinton; daughter, Mary Ann Erwin of Franklinton; seven grandchildren and spouses, Jeffrey R. Erwin and Elissa Erwin, Rachel and Scott Lipps, Christopher and Terri Erwin, Michael R. Erwin, Lisa and Brent Hoggat, Thomas B. “Bucky” Erwin IV and Colbye Erwin, and Laurie and Heath Thomas; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sis. Patricia Ann O’Brien and Paula Alfarone, both of New York; and also numerous nieces, nephews other family member and many friends.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Woodrow Wilson “Squinch” Erwin, William Frank “Bill” Babington; sisters, Ann “Billie” O’Brien, Theresa Reller; and brothers, James O’Brien, Jack O’Brien, Reese O’Brien, and Nick O’Brien.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. with Father Rick Day and Rev. Bucky Erwin officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Holy Family Catholic Church.

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