Yvonne "Jerri" Banister Lafitte

Yvonne "Jerri" Banister Lafitte, 82, of Joaquin, Texas departed this life July 18, 2021 after a two year battle with cancer. She was born in Joaquin, Texas in 1939 on the Segler Family Farm. She was raised by her grandparents, James "Jim" Wiley Segler and Bettie Ferdie Segler after losing her mother, Yvonne Segler Banister just weeks after her birth. Though she did not live with her father, John Terrell Banister, he remained a part of her life up until his death in 1988. 


She attended Jackson school and missed it greatly after it closed because the students were merged with Joaquin school. She had fond memories of growing up on the Segler farm and studied the genealogy of its ancestors and their trip by oxen and wagon to start a life in East Texas.


She was preceded in death by her dear husband, Albert Henry Lafitte of Logansport, La. She first met her husband at a Logansport football game and they talked at a football after party. He left Logansport the next day to serve in the Korean War but wrote often and visited her while on leave. Later they both married and had three children together.


Yvonne enjoyed being a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a charitable fraternity, for over 30 years. She was proud to have served at Victory Chapter 130 in Shreveport, La., Joaquin Chapter 903 in Joaquin, Tx and Center Chapter 348 in Center, Tx. Of many things she enjoyed about Eastern Star she enjoyed the fellowship with others in the organization the most.


She enjoyed motherhood and being there for her children - often remembering how her own mother was unable to be there for her growing up. Her children have many fond memories of her and of her fun loving ways. She will be sorely missed.


Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband Albert Henry Lafitte, parents John T. Banister, Sr. and Yvonne Segler Banister. Grandparents James "Jim" Wiley Segler and Bettie Ferdie Duke Segler. Infant son John Clinton Lafitte and Sister Gloria Jean Banister Davis Shumway.


She is survived by her children James "Jim" H. Lafitte and wife Linda of Bossier City, La. Susan Lafitte Watkins and husband Michael of Joaquin, Tx. Grandchildren James Albert Lafitte of Shreveport, La. and Brian Litton of Bossier City, La. Brothers, John Terrell Banister, Jr. and wife Mary of Delta, Pa. and Jack Boyd Banister of Houston, Tx. as well as two nieces, Janet Davis Lopez of Oktaha, Ok and Jill Davis of Tahlequah, Ok.


Visitation will be at Watson and Sons funeral home in Center, TX from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Friday, July 23. Following visitation will be a graveside service at Pineridge Cemetery on County Road 3000 in Joaquin. Elder James Travis Rodgers will officiate.


A special thank you to Katherine Brame of Logansport Clinic and Dr. Gary Burton, Dr. Ramadas Poornima and the loving personnel of the Desoto Regional Cancer Center and hospital staff. As well as the Willis Knighton North team that helped us through this journey. Also, Affinity Hospice and their wonderful staff.

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