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Alice Joy Spears-Courmier

July 1, 1929 ~ May 30, 2011

Alice Joy (Gaudet) Spears-Courmier, 81, of Lake Charles, LA died at 6:43 AM on Monday, May 30, 2011 in a local hospital.


A native of Lafayette, she lived off and on in Lake Charles since 1957. She was a former employee of Mullers, Mayflower Movers, and Lake Charles Sewing. She and her late husband (Harold) moved to Hickory, NC to establish a United Pentecostal International Home Mission Church. They then became house parents to teen girls at Tupelo Children's Mansion in Tupelo, MS and returned to Lake Charles in 1984. Alice was a member of First United Pentecostal Church where she was a Sunday school secretary. She loved God and her family, fishing, camping, and travel with her late husband, Lee Roy Courmier, the love of her life for the past eleven years.


Alice is survived by her children, Robert "Bobby" Spears and wife Angela, Harold "Hal" Spears, II, Gayle Istre and husband Danny, and Joy Parr and husband Mike, all of Lake Charles; thirteen grandchildren; and twenty-one great-grandchildren.


Her funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at the First United Pentecostal Church under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Reverends Jeffery Ralston and Harry Sommers will officiate. Burial will follow in Lacassine Cemetery in Lacassine, LA. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00 AM until the start of the service.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tupelo Children's Mansion, P.O. Box 167, Tupelo, MS 38802 or First United Pentecostal Church Building Fund, 320 Bunker Road, Lake Charles, LA 70615.


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  1. Aunt Alice always had the most beautiful and genuine smile. I can remember Sundays at Grandma Gaudet's house near the railroad tracks. The men were on the porch and the sisters and Grandma were inside. Well, one Sunday 'Little'Hal and I went exploring the boxcars and the tunnel under the overpass of the railroad. We were spotted coming out of the tunnel. My daddy saw us and brought us to the porch. Aunt Alice then gave us a lecture about how unsanitary it was in the tunnel and boxcars because the hobos would relieve themselves and leave food and trash. We were then escorted inside where we would stay out of trouble and not miss out on the sweet treats. With much love, Donald and Phobe (Liz) Boutte

  2. Aunt Alice was always so welcoming, warm and generous. She had a gentle spirit cherished by all. She and her brothers and sisters are now altogether again, and Heaven's ansels are singing more beautifully than ever.

  3. I will remember Alice's family in my. Prayers. I worked at Mullers in the early 70s. I saw her daily and remember her as a lovely lady. So sorry for your loss

  4. I'll always remember her warm smiles and hugs. Her visits to our home when I was a child were also memorable because she always brightened my Mother's day.

  5. JOY I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR MOM. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND MIKE AND YOUR FAMILY DURING THIS LOSS, YOUR MOM WAS A VERY SWEET LADY, I THANK GOD I GOT TO MEET THIS PRECIOUS LADY. GOD JUST GOT ANOTHER ANGEL IN HEAVEN.

  6. May the peace that passeth all understanding wrap you in its arms and comfort you during this difficult time. We love you all and my dad , Jerry Burlison, loved yall too – especially Aunt Alice and Uncle Harold… God Bless you all!!!

  7. To Gayle, Hal, Bobby and all the family.Aunt Alice Joy was the last of the Gaudet Girls. That's what Daddy (Bill Hebert) and Uncle Woody always called them. My mother (Grace Hebert) always called her Alice Joy – both names. Joy was the perfect name for Aunt Alice because she was always full of joy when I spoke to her. I have an example of her exquisite sewing in the form of a child's dress clothspin holder that she gave to Mother many years ago.I am sorry for your loss. She was so proud of all her children. She was a great example of how to live joyfully and spiritually. We are all blessed to have known this amazing woman of substance. Our prayers are with you.Love, Mary Ann Hebert Buechler

  8. You probably don't remember me, I am your Aunt Grace's daughter Murella. I regret that I was unable to attend Aunt Alice's funeral, but my thoughts were with you. I always thought Aunt Alice was so beautiful, in person and in spirit. She had a serenity about her that is rare. In my memories she is always smiling. It is sad that all of the aunts and uncles are now gone. Aren't we lucky to be the children of the children of Henri and Mertie Gaudet? It is a great legacy. Love, Murella


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