DEATH OP BIBS. DEXIS VILLERE. There was laid to rest yesterday one of the most esteemed and venerated Creole ladies of New Orleans. Mrs. r enls . Vil - lere, a member of one of the ancient and honored historic families of Louisiana. Mrs, Villere had been aillnjr for a long time, but of late her health seemed to Improve, Improve, and even her Immediate relatives did not apprehend that the end was so near. Swiftly and without warning the end came on Saturday morning, and tbe sad close of a long and useful life was a great shock to - all wbo knew and loved her. Mrs. Villere was the daughter of Manuel Cruzat and Malvlna de Verges, and was a descendant of tbe ancient and courtly family of Cbalmette de Lino. She was born in New Orleans Sixty - eight years ago and was educated partly in France and partly at the old Ursuiines Convent of tbis city. She was a woman of rare intelligence and great conversational ability and was possessed of alf tbe accomplishment accomplishment that wealth and education could bestow. " In her early days those brilliant Creole days of ante bellum times Miss Cruzat was a leading belle in the most exclusive Creole circles, and in her early womanhood womanhood was wooed and won by Colonel Denla Villere, a eon of Gabriel Villere, and a grandson of Governor Villere, the second governor of Loyisi - ma after the state passed under the American domination. domination. As prcsldiug matron of thishouse - bold, Mrs. Villere was noted for her grea. hospitality and lavish entertainments, but she' was noted, too. - for ber uufailing charity and sympathy for the poor, and the true and trustful friendship which made her name a synonym with tenderness, tenderness, truth, and constancy. The war came and brought its train of sorrow to the south, and tbe princely fortunes fortunes of the Villercs were swept away. It was then that Mrs. Villere proved herself herself a woman of rare and beautiful fortitude, fortitude, and in all tbe relations of life, as wife, mother and friend, she showed herself herself a staff to be leaned upon. She was a devout Catholic, and more than once during during the course of her long Illness she received received tbe consolations of tbe sacraments of the church. So that death, though it came like a thief In tbe night, did not find her unprepared. The funeral took place yesterday from her late residence on Rampart street, between between Lesseps and France streets, and was largely attended by representative Creoles, as. well as many Americans, wbo cherished for her a warm and abiding friendship. Rev. Father Drossaerts officiated. officiated. The interment was made in the family tomb of the Villeres in tbe St. Louis cemetery. Tbe pallbearers were Messrs. Gabriel. James and Jules Villere, L - E. Generelly. Paul De Verges and Edouard Generelly. Mrs. ,Villere leaves five children, .Messrs. Gabriel. James and Jules Villere, Miss Emma Villere and Mrs. L. E. Generelly. She also leaves 6evera! grandchildren, le - fcides a host of relatives to whom her memory will remain as a sweet and rare perfume.