In Loving Memory

Carolyn Acy-Hebert

April 9, 1943 - March 22, 2024

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Carolyn Acy-Hebert, a resident of Spanish Fort, Alabama, passed away on Friday, March 22, 2024, at the age of 80.

Carolyn was born April 9, 1943, in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Lois Ruth McConnell Acy and Thomas M. Acy.  Her father was assigned to work in Honduras where Carolyn grew up. When she was 12 years old her family moved back to Louisiana, where she attended Saint Joseph Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, and later to Gonzales High School.  After graduation she went to LSU, where she studied music.

Carolyn moved to New Orleans where her musical talent in both playing the piano and singing paid off in the French Quarter. Some of her best days were spent playing at the world-famous Pat O’Brien’s.  She has played all genres of music, but her favorites were from the30’s and 40’s.  She especially loved Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and Count Basie. In 1966 she fulfilled the dream of every musician when she recorded ‘When You’re in Love’ with Hammy Records in Plaquemine, Louisiana.

Life changed in the 1980’s for Carolyn when a niece introduced her to Jay Hebert, a retired Lieutenant Colonel and former Viet Nam POW.  The two of them moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and later married.  He passed away in 2000.  She then proceeded to fulfill a lifelong dream of having land and building a ranch in the country which she did in Colorado. It was there her love for North American Indian art and culture grew even stronger, and in time led to her awareness and deep concern for the educational needs of the Indian children in the West.

Later in life, Carolyn yearned to return to the Gulf Coast, but not the hustle and bustle of New Orleans. She sold the Colorado ranch and moved to Westminster Village Retirement Community on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. She was warmly welcomed into the community, and became grateful to the friends who helped her return to the faith of her youth, the Catholic Church and trust in Christ’s loving grace.

Carolyn is survived by one son, Frank Thomas Grimoskas, one granddaughter, Hailey Grimoskas Irizarry and one great-granddaughter, Adelina Irizarry.

Expressions of condolence for Carolyn’s family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 26209 Pollard Rd, Daphne, AL, 36526.

2 Comments

  1. Donna J Herlacher

    RIP dear lady, although we did not part in a compassionate manner know that you were loved by me and by little man Carlos. Carlos was a constant reminder of you. I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to take care of him when you decided to move. He was a sweet boy(RIP).
    You were a very hard headed woman but I was told “you don’t get anywhere being nice.”
    I hope your last few years were memorable for you and you found the peace and love you ever longed for.
    RIP. Fly high with the angels. Happy heavenly Birthday.

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  2. Anita Harward

    I remember Carolyn singing and so happy 1966-67. She was kind and gracious. She was my son’s godmother.

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