Marie Mosede Sonnier Heileman was born to the late Ernest and Della Marie (Jolivette) Sonnier in Carencrow, Louisiana on November 14, 1934. In her teens, she moved to Houston. She attended E. O. Smith Middle School. She had to stop attending in the eighth grade in order to care for her younger siblings. Marie met Henry Heileman at a Zydeco Club in Frenchtown.
August 27, 2017, was one of those nights that I didn’t sleep. The threat of Hurricane Harvey looming and the fact that no one could reach my dad kept me up. I stayed up all night watching the news (KTRK Ch.13) and checking for updates on the water levels of the Hunting Bayou. Houston is bayou city and the majority of my family lives by Hunting Bayou. Running less than a block from my family’s homes also known as the Compound since within the area my father, mother, two sisters, brother-in-law, aunt, cousin and some renters all live. I even used to live in one of the houses there as well.