By Henry Euler
A good friend of our community passed away recently. Maryalice Broussard lived in Auburndale for decades and was a vice president of the Auburndale Improvement Association, Inc. She was very active in the civic organization for many years and remained so right up to her death. She left us on March 30 at the age of 92 after a brief illness.
Just a few weeks ago, there was an executive board meeting of the civic organization held at Maryalice’s home. This remarkable woman was still contributing ideas and thoughts to ensure that her community remained a desirable place to live for all the residents. She was concerned about zoning, about education, about quality of life; any issue that had an impact in Auburndale and beyond. She truly was a role model that showed that even though a person may be up in years, one could still be a contributing member of the community and an articulate voice of reason and common sense.
Maryalice was also the editor of the newsletter that comes out five times a year from the civic organization. She read through the drafts submitted, consolidated content and corrected grammar and spelling where needed. She always read through the local newspapers finding articles of interest that could be summarized in the newsletter. She also found humorous stories and jokes to include in the newsletter’s “on the lighter side” byline because she felt that people enjoyed them and that it was important to laugh amid all of life’s issues and problems.
Maryalice will be much missed by her loving family, devoted friends and especially her civic friends. She was a woman of incredible strength, wisdom and integrity. She believed in the traditional values of hard work, good citizenship and devotion to family, friends and the Lord. May my friend rest in peace.