Cheniere au Tigre’s historian passes away

By: Chris Rosa
A major part of Cheniere au Tigre’s history is gone.

Zoe Sagrera Lynch, 92, died peacefully while being a passenger in a vehicle after returning from a doctor’s visit Thursday morning.

She was buried Saturday and Martin & Castille Funeral Home in Lafayette is handling the arrangements.

According to her daughter Nora, Zoe woke up Thursday morning not feeling too well and told her daughters that she was going to die. They brushed it off but still took her to the doctor to check her out. Her doctor did not find anything wrong with her. She hugged and kissed her doctor good bye and walked out.

Moments later down the road, she closed her eyes and never woke up.

A fitting way for Zoe to pass. Her life was filled with accomplishments. She was a conservationalist and was a supporter of the rehabilitation of wildlife, protecting Louisiana’s Coastline as well as the re-establishment of the Whooping Cranes in Louisiana.

Her final accomplishment was the completion of her memories of Chenire au Tigre, a 350-page hardcover book that is filled with photos and stories of Cheniere au Tigre.

It her 20 years to accumulate the hundreds of photos and write the stories.

The book went on sale about a month ago and in that time, she has sold 500 copies. On the day she passed, her daughter, Nora, was waiting for another 500 copies to be delivered.

“She was able to see her book be a success,” said Nora. “She did not expect it to be this successful. So many people have wanted to talk to her about Cheniere au Tigre.”

Zoe was born and raised on Cheniere au Tigre. She eventually left the island but still visited it. Her last visit was three months ago.

“This book was written because I wanted to leave something behind,” said the late Zoe before she passed away. “Ceniere au Tigre is a special place for me. I wanted others to see what I already know.”

Through the book, they will now be able to.

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