Selena Kai Bertrand Holder of Gonzales, LA, passed away at age 52 at The Crossing at Clarity Hospice in Baton Rouge, LA on January 7, 2021.  She was preceded in death by mother Sondra Nell Roberds Bertrand of LaPlace, LA.  Survived by husband Howard Kirk Holder of Gonzales, LA, son Dylan Michael Labat (Elise) of Baton Rouge, LA, daughter Raegan Olivia Labat of Baton Rouge, LA, daughter Elizabeth Paige Labat of St. Amant, LA, father Walter L. “Jim” Bertrand of LaPlace, LA, birth mother Cynthia Leleux Hines of Erath, LA, brother Brian Bertrand of LaPlace, LA, sister Bridget Hines Rodewald (Kevin) of Kansas City, MO, sister Robyn Hines of Portland, OR, sister Kimberly Hatcher George (Gregory) of Woodstock, GA, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.


Selena was born in Jackson, MS and immediately adopted by Jim and Sondra Bertrand, living with her family in Greenville, MS, then Memphis, TN, and finally LaPlace, LA, along with brother Brian. She met Elvis Presley as a child. She played varsity basketball in high school where she was known as “The Animal,” fighting for every loose ball. She was both Teen Andouille Queen and Miss Andouille Queen of The St. John the Baptist Parish Andouille Festival, Miss Riverside Academy, and Queen of The Krewe du Monde Ball in LaPlace, with her father Jim presiding as King. She received her Associate’s Degree from Philips Junior College in Marrero, LA, and worked for the Copeland’s Restaurants Co., opening new franchises.


With first husband Dana Labat she had three children, residing in St. Amant, LA. There she began learning Real Estate Appraisal, eventually getting her own license. She would also show she had all the skills to be a contractor as she built two houses back from their remaining bones.


In 1997 she reconnected with her birth mother, Cynthia “Honey” Hines. This opened up a wealth of new family and friends, including sisters Bridget and Robyn.


She married Kirk Holder in 2010 and started her own appraisal business, working from her home office. She remodeled their home in Gonzales, as well.


In 2018, she found another sister, Kimberly, through her birth father’s obituary, and created a new, special bond. She dearly loved all her families, however far flung. Her next venture was also in the works – a plan to create, market, sell, and cater her own line of southern-style baked goods.


Selena was a southern girl who believed in cooking large amounts of food and feeding hungry neighbors, family, friends, and those in need. At this she excelled.  She believed in equality and treating people with kindness. She believed in equal rights for women. She loved to entertain a big crowd, or four girlfriends, or two guys sitting outside drinking beers. She loved to travel and to talk to strangers. She loved The Tigers and The Saints. She loved her babies.


Family and friends will be contacted with details of the burial service and a celebration of life, dates to be determined.


In lieu of flowers, donate to “I don’t like my babies hungry.” – Selena

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