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Friends Remember Biloxi Storm Victim's Big Heart

Friends say Frances Odessa Saucier may have dressed in rags, but she had a heart of gold. The 90-year-old Biloxi woman lost her life one year ago Tuesday after Katrina's storm waters flooded her Point Cadet home. The kindness and generosity Saucier displayed in her life continues to inspire others even after her death.

"She had just celebrated her 90th birthday about 2 weeks prior to the storm," said Patrick Wright as he put flowers on his friend's grave.

There in as small D'Iberville cemetery Wright thought back on the life of storm victim Frances Odessa Saucier, a woman he says was an inspiration to all who knew her.

"Just like I imagine the good Lord would want anybody to be. She took the meaning of helping others to a greater length than anybody I ever met in my life. She's a great loss to our community and our end of town. For that matter the world itself."

Wright cherishes memories of Saucier walking the streets of Point Cadet. The elderly woman collected and sold pecans and aluminum cans. She then donated the money to charity. Friends say too often people were took quick to judge Saucier by her haggard appearance.

Gerard Darnell said "She used to go down the street in ragged clothes and they would really cringe on that. Some people and all. She didn't care about that like I wouldn't care about it. If you're doing the Lord's work it shouldn't matter."

On August 29th, 2005 Wright says it was his family that discovered Saucier's body. They had gone to her home seeking refuge after Katrina washed their house away. He believes even after Saucier passed away she continued to look after them just as she always had in life.

Patrick Wright said "Ain't no doubt about it. She looked down on them the day they survived that storm. She'd already perished and that was their safe haven on top of her house. Everything she strived to get in life. She strived to pass it on to somebody else. That's just the way she lived her life from as long as I can remember to the day she died."

On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina friends honored Frances Odessa Saucier with a memorial in the newspaper. They say she left her property to the Catholic church.

by Danielle Thomas

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