Carolina “Carrie” Medina Durapau

Carolina “Carrie” Medina Durapau, 83, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 11:17 a.m. She was a native of Luling and a resident of Hahnville, LA.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hahnville on Monday, June 24, 2024, beginning at 9:00 a.m. until a Mass of Christian burial at 11:00 a.m., with burial following in Holy Rosary Cemetery in Taft, LA.

Carrie is survived by her sons, Paul Durapau, Jr. and wife, Kathleen “Pert”, Walter Durapau and wife, Deborah “Deb”, and Martin Durapau and wife, Missie; grandchildren, Madison Durapau, Brittany (Ben) Herbig, Danielle (Jonathan Gil) Boudreaux, Christopher Bearnard, Chelsey (Ross) Montet, Devin Durapau, Heather (Joseph) Bouza, Hannah (Eric) Rodriguez, Rachael Durapau, Madeline Coffey and Matthew Coffey; and 9- great-grandchildren.

Carrie was preceded in death by her husband, Paul S. “Moose” Durapau; companion, Cleveland “Cleve” Labat; daughter-in-law, Angela Mayeux Durapau; parents, Francisco and Altagracia Bautista Medina; brothers, Manuel, Franciso Jr., Valentine, Pueblito, and Raphael Medina; sisters, Margaret Mendez and Juanita Hymel; and grandson, Mason Kiley.

Carrie Durapau (Mom Durap, Mawmaw, Mawmaw Rapau) was a devoted, hardworking, supportive wife and mother who was the definition of unconditional love. Carrie was one of the most sincere, genuine, thoughtful, and selfless givers you will know. She truly enjoyed giving and doing for others without expecting anything in return. Because of this, she was affectionately referred to as the “Angel of Hahnville.” Whenever she was out in public, she very much cherished giving and receiving hugs and kisses from everyone she knew. She never forgot birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays and would often take time to send handwritten cards to celebrate, encourage, and/or thank others. She deeply loved all her grandbabies and great grandbabies; always bringing special gifts, such as countless pairs of socks, and Turbie Twist hair towels, as well as very practical household items. Pets were also included in her thoughtful charity. If you ever mentioned liking something, you can best believe that you would receive that present from her, and possibly multiple times! Many were blessed with her giving, cooking, and baking expertise! Every year, as soon as the temperature began to drop, she would make a huge pot of vegetable soup to share with her family. We also loved her baked macaroni, maw-maw rice (rice custard), mock apple pie as well as a number of other baked goodies. She was proud to attend as many family celebrations, sporting events, and life milestones as she could, even when she wasn’t feeling well. Carrie’s loving kindness touched so many people, and she will be deeply missed. The bible says in 1 John 4:16, “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” Carrie’s life was an example of God’s love, so we rest in knowing that she lived in God and God lived in her. Therefore, as fellow believers in Christ, we celebrate knowing that she is now rejoicing with God in heaven and have the hope of knowing that we will see her again one day.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at or American Breast Cancer Foundation at are preferred.

Samart-Mothe Funeral Home is honored to serve the Durapau family.