Bernadine Blalock Toups of Slidell, 89, passed away peacefully on June 19, 2019 while surrounded by her daughters. "Grammy" was a saint who could do no wrong, according to her grandchildren. Her daughters may say differently. Don't listen to them. Mrs. Toups was born on August 11, 1929, in Bunkie, Louisiana. She attended Morrow High School in Morrow, Louisiana, and graduated from Charity Nursing School in New Orleans in 1949. As a NICU nurse, Mrs. Toups was a pioneer in her field caring for babies across New Orleans. She worked at Charity Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Southern Baptist Hospital, from which she retired in 1999. She spent many a holiday and hurricane in the hospital, dedicating her time to those who needed her help. Her generosity was unparalleled. She provided Christmases for families that might have otherwise gone without, shared her nursing talents with neighbors and the elderly, and took in any cat that showed up at her door. Mrs. Toups is survived by her daughters Sharon Bogle of Knoxville, TN, Judy Corley and husband John of St. Bernard Parish, and Michelle Toups of Slidell; grandchildren Brian Bogle and wife Jill of Greenville, SC, Rebekah Winkler and husband Todd of Knoxville, John Corley and wife Michelle of Dublin, Ohio, and Sadie and Sarah Dol of Slidell; great-grandchildren Macaila and Savannah Bogle, Finn Winkler, and Adalyn Corley; half-brothers Curtis Blalock, Richard Blalock, Dale Blalock, and William Leo Blalock. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph D. Toups Jr., parents John and Oriel Blalock, brother Johnny and sister-in-law Grace Blalock, sister Jeanne Blalock Kojis and brother-in-law Joseph, son-in-law Jerry Bogle, and great-granddaughter Isabelle Corley. The family will receive visitors at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church on Saturday, August 10, at 9:30 a.m. A Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Feed the Children.
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