Leontine B. Dede went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 1, 2019, at the age of 97. She was born in New Orleans, LA. Tennie was the daughter of the late Joseph Bijou Sr. and Rita Goutier Bijou. She was the loving wife of the late Emanuel Dede Sr. for 40 yrs. Tennie was raised and educated in New Orleans, LA. She started her sewing career At Famous and Sternberg, (later known as Dean Gate) she retired after 45 years of service. She leaves to cherish her memories a daughter Jo Ann Ash Butler; two stepsons, Emanuel Dede, Jr. and Dalton Dede; two grandchildren, Eric L. Kennedy and Angelique Dede Norris (Deon); four great-grandchildren, Jarrad McKay (Sierra), Mycel Dede, twins London, and Milan Kennedy; two great-great-grandchildren, Jayse McKay and Vincent Guillot; two sisters, Bertha Spadoni and Marguerite Desilva. Preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Emanuel Dede Sr.; three brothers, Joseph Bijou Jr., James Bijou (stillborn), and James Bijou Sr.; three sisters, Gertrude Brown, Hattie Bijou and Adele Joseph; four brothers-in-law, Arthur Brown Sr., Waldren Joseph Sr., Harold Spadoni Sr., and Joseph Desilva. Also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at 10:00 AM at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave., New Orleans, La. Visitation begins at 9:00 AM. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, New Orleans, LA.
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