Courthouse security officer makes quilt for deceased cousin’s family

Sierra Hunter, her deceased cousin Michael Pope and the materials for the quilt Sierra made in his honor. Photos by Dan Copp, Houma Today.

By Dan Copp / Staff Writer, HoumaToday

Houma, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana -- When her cousin died unexpectedly in September, Sierra Hunter wanted to make something his family could remember him by.

Michael Wayne Pope, 34, of Houma, died Sept. 27 of heart complications, leaving behind two sons. At the request of Pope’s family, Hunter began collecting pieces of his clothing to create a quilt to give to his children.

“One of his sons is in middle school and the other is in high school,” said Hunter, who works as a security guard at the Terrebonne Parish Courthouse. “I’m in the process now of cutting his clothing and making a memory quilt for not only his two sons but for his niece, who he was helping to raise. She’s only like 12 months old. Michael was in her life for that first year before he passed away.”

It wasn’t the first time the 20-year-old Chauvin resident used her sewing talents to honor someone who died.

“Back in high school I helped a student make a memory quilt out of newborn clothing because her aunt’s baby passed away from SIDS,” Hunter said. “I’ve actually made about four quilts in the past four years.”

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Staff Writer Dan Copp can be reached at 448-7639 or at dan.copp@houmatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanVCopp.

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