Matassa proclaims Shirley Bourque Day
Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed June 16, 2016 as Shirley Bourque Day in Ascension Parish.
Matassa read the proclamation aloud during the parish council meeting in Gonzales on June 16. Bourque, mother of Gonzales Councilman Neal Bourque, and daughter of Ascension Parish Sheriff Vic Mire, was a successful businesswoman in Gonzales. She was business owner of Gonzales’ first beauty shop, Shirley’s Beauty Shop, which started in 1948. She and her husband also owned the successful business, Bourque Real Estate, which developed seven subdivisions in Gonzales from 1956 to 1983.
With the presentation of the proclamation, Bourque was made honorary parish president on June 16. She was joined by her five children and various family members. Her family has grown to include 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren with one more on the way.