A leading pioneer in the funeral profession since the early 1980’s that inspired many African-American women to pursue a career in the funeral business, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the age of 63. Since a youth, she was always alongside her father, Earl Baloney, Sr., whom started Earl Baloney & Sons Mortuary. In addition to assisting, she gladly accepted the role of assisting her brother, Earl Baloney, Jr., with his ambulance business that operated within the River Parishes and the greater metropolitan areas. Often times Carmen and Earl, Jr. would be found hanging out at River Parishes Hospital, where they were a social staple amongst the staff and administrators.
Carmen’s life was devoted to caring for others, whether as an EMT or Funeral Director, but especially her own loved ones whom she showered and often times spoiled until they didn’t want to return back to their parents, especially Markus and Malik Baloney. Many road trips, party functions, and daily lessons of shopping were some of the most talked about subjects while in the company of Carmen. Her infectious smile was something that predominated her character. While we all have bad days, Carmen just seemed to embrace times like that and persevered through with a positive spirit.
As often as she was seen on funeral services and on the ambulance with her brother, Carmen still found time to raise her nieces and nephews, even with the birth of her own son, Coi Baloney. Carmen was also accompanied in the funeral profession with her sister-in-law and close friend, Shelia G. Baloney, whom people referred to as “Dem Girls” on funerals and in the public setting.
After the passing of Earl, Sr. and Jr., Carmen gladly embraced the role as General Manager of Earl Baloney & Sons Mortuary, later renamed The Baloney Funeral Home, where her brother Carl, Sr., Shelia, and nephews Malik, Markus, and Courtney Baloney all worked. She later moved from her position to care for her mother, Ophelia Baloney, until the time of her passing, making her the new matriarch of the Baloney Family Legacy. While not just a socialite in the community, she also served the community through the St. John Parish Planning and Zoning. She was the social fabric that glued families together, especially her own. During her mother’s sickness she was touched with the culinary hands of her mother and gladly accepted the role of Ophelia Baloney “Greatest Cook in the World”. She would often prepare large dishes and ship to relatives afar and near and even the sick and homeless.
A pure heart of gold and character of greatness in her right of passion and comfort was a gift from God. During the later years, as The Baloney Family Legacy evolved, she joined her nephew, Courtney G. Baloney in the third generation of excellence within the funeral profession with the opening of Treasures of Life Center for Life Funeral Services in Gramercy, LA, where she was employed until the time of her passing. Within the last eight years she found herself again raising her loved one’s kids with the addition of her baby sister, Alona McDowell, two sons, Conner and Cole, whom she took pride in caring for, just like the rest of her nieces and nephews who were spoiled previously. It was not until the birth of her grandchild when she really could say she was “Nana” and she showed it to the world when baby boy Mason Avery Baloney was born.
Carmen’s memory lives on forever and continuing life in her spirit is her son Coi A. Baloney (Teddricka Hawthorne), grandson, Mason A. Baloney, sister Alona B. McDowell (Chester), sister-in-law Shelia G. Baloney, former sister-in-law Emma Jean Baloney, nieces Valerie Baloney Johnson (Zolton), Colette B. Choates,(Clifford, Sr.) Yvette B. Perrilloux (Kenneth), Helaine Baloney, nephews Malik Baloney (Lynette Davis), Markus Baloney, Courtney Baloney (Julie Jack), Carl Baloney, Jr., a devoted great aunt Rose B. Alexander and a brother from another mother Harold L. Sterling, Sr. along with a host of other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her parents Earl Baloney, Sr. and Ophelia Borne Baloney, brothers Earl, Jr. and Carl Baloney, Sr. and niece Stephanie B. Pryor.
Friends of the community along with a special invitation to St. John Parish Planning and Zoning, Dillard University Alumni, Edgard Class of ’72, St. Augustine High School Booster Club and Alumni, are invited to a public viewing on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at First Community Antioch Baptist Church, 10860 LA-3125, Lutcher, LA 70071 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. There will be a celebration of her wonderful life on Monday, July 15, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Parish Community Center, 2900 US-51, Laplace, LA 70068. Viewing begins at 8:00am followed by service at 11:00am. Pastor Oscar R. Nelson, officiating. Treasures of Life Funeral Services are entrusted with her final care, with the assistance of Williams and Southall Funeral Home, Robottom Mortuary, Hobson Brown Mortuary, Professional Funeral Services, Davis Mortuary, MJR Family and Friendly Funeral Services and Heritage Funeral Directors.
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