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Toni Larroux: Two children's humorous obituary for their mom who 'survived polio, leukemia, scurvy and rickets' hits the internet
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By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 20:19 EST, 5 May 2013 | UPDATED: 02:57 EST, 6 May 2013
Deceased: Antonia 'Toni' Larroux died on March 30 and her two grown children co-authored an unusual obituary
The obituary that two grown children wrote for their recently-deceased mother has taken the internet by storm with its funny and at times awkward memorial.
Antonia 'Toni' Larroux died at the age of 68-years-old, and the way that she is described by her surviving children, it seems she went through quite a dramatic life.
The obituary ran in local papers and was picked up by The New York Times.
It gives intimate details about Mrs Larroux- some harmless, like her love of the chain restaurant Waffle House.
'Waffle House lost a loyal customer' is the opening line of the memorial.
'She made me PROMISE we would go to Waffle House as soon as the surgery was over,' her son Jean told MailOnline via email.
'When she died, her local servers at the Waffle House in Bay Saint Louis, MS all signed a coffee cup for her the morning of the funeral.'
Others, like her ex-husbands cruel nickname for her- 'polio legs'- that he used to make fun of her 'unusually petite ankles' that were a result of her having survived the disease as a child.
'It should not be difficult to imagine the multiple reasons for their divorce 35+ years ago,' the obituary remarks.
It also implies that pets in her care were met with speedy deaths, she died with outstanding fees for un-returned library books, and even that she had illegitimate children.
Looking back: Mrs Larroux, seen here with her son Jean, was reportedly a loyal customer of Waffle House and hated the nickname of 'polio legs' that her husband gave her because of her skinny ankles
Sense of humor: Her son told MailOnline that she enjoyed eating New Orleans-style Po-boys sandwiches like these, saying 'she was 'supposed to be' on a strict dialysis diet... She considered this to be part of that diet!'
to multiple, anonymous Mother's Day cards which arrived each May, the
children suspect there were other siblings but that has never been
verified' it says.
'She considered Aaron Burrell to be a distant grandson (not distant enough) and had the ability with family pets to usher them toward heaven at an unrivaled pace'
Miss Larroux overcame lupus, rickets, scurvy, and feline leukemia according to the obituary. It is unclear which of these diseases she truly suffered from, but her neighbor did confirm that she had kidney problems in recent years and moved to a care home for the last few months of her life while she received dialysis treatment.
Missed: 'I do miss her with deep angst, but have been thrilled to share her memories with everyone!' Mr Larroux said of his mother
Brent Adkins, who works at the Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in her hometown of Bay St Louis, Mississippi, said that Mrs Larroux's two children wrote the bewildering obituary and that 'every word was meant'.
One particularly scathing remark that stood out to him was the fact that they wrote that one of her distant grandsons was 'not distant enough'.
Mr Adkins told MailOnline that initially one local paper refused to run the obituary, but apparently her son Jean Larroux III was able to convince them to go ahead with the publication.
Though there is no formal credit on the obituary, Mr Adkins said that Toni's son Jean and daughter Hayden co-wrote the unusual testimonial.
Mrs Larroux’s neighbour Robert Ryan told MailOnline that she was very close with her daughter Hayden, who works as a primary care nurse for his wife.
‘They saw each other all the time,’ he said of Hayden and her mother, who went by Toni.
‘Everytime your saw (Toni) during the day it was always “Hello, how are how you doing? Do you need anything?”’
While outside observers may find their comments about Jean being the favorite child, or Hayden's husband Stephen being the glue that keeps their 'otherwise unstable family' together, it doesn't seem that they intended the inside jokes with ill malice.
Inside jokes? The obituary, written by Jean (right) and his sister Hayden, said that the anonymous Mother's Day cards that Mrs Larroux (left) received over the years made them think that she had other children
Mr Larroux, who works as a preacher at a Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama, has been happily promoting the obituary via Twitter.
He used the hashtag '#CALLyourMOMtoday' when he highlighted a line from the obituary on Wednesday, reminding people who planned to attend her funeral that no one wearing black would be admitted to the ceremony.
'Jesus came for one of his sheep today... She was my mother, but HIS bride first. I miss her already,' he wrote, sharing a picture of his deceased mother with a flower behind her ear.
Said with love: They wrote that she would be remembered at many a happy hour, Mardi Gras celebration and barbeque
As if signalling that much of the obituary was tongue-in-cheek, it ended with an emotional tribute.
'On a last but serious note, the woman who loved life and taught her children to 'laugh at the days to come' is now safely in the arms of Jesus and dancing at the wedding feast of the Lamb,' the siblings wrote.
'She will be missed as a mother, friend and grandmother. Anyone wearing black will not be admitted to the memorial. She is not dead. She is alive.'