Lafayette businesswoman Irma Abdalla, 100, dies Lafayette businesswoman Irma Abdalla, 100, dies Irma Abdalla Advocate staff report June 11, 2014 Comments LAFAYETTE — Irma Belle Poche Abdalla, who with her husband ran the now-closed downtown Abdalla’s department store for more than six decades, died at her home Thursday. She was 100. “She always supported our community and stressed the need for everyone to be involved in the welfare of others in their community,” her family said in a statement. “Her legacy as a businesswoman is known, but her true legacy is the love and caring that she put into everything she did for her family and friends. She was a godly woman, teaching us what is most important in the world and in life. She gave loving support, but was honest.” Delhomme Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.