Betty Jane Beard

April 22, 1933 ~ May 30, 2011

Betty Jane Beard, 78, of Holmwood, died at 1:45 PM Monday, May 30, 2011 in a local care facility with her loving family at her side.

Mrs. Beard was born in Welsh, Louisiana to the parents of Eraste and Zelma Billedeaux. She has lived in the Holmwood area for the past 37 years. Mrs. Beard was a 1950 graduate of Marion High School. She worked for the Calcasieu Parish School Board as a teacher's aide for 17 years. Mrs. Beard was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Bell City. She loved sewing, gardening and was a Blue Bird leader for many years.

She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years J.W. "Wilford" Beard of Holmwood, three daughters: Cindy Smith and husband Joel of Lake Charles, Joann Beard of DeRidder, LA and Tammy Beard and partner Marcie Miller of Hecker, LA, two sisters Alice Manuel of Moss Bluff, LA and Annie Sittig and husband Junior of Sulphur, LA, five grand children: David Williams and wife Amanda, Amanda Landreneau and husband Jason, Johnathon Guidry and wife Jessica, Janie Zaunbrecher and husband Conrad, Katie Guidry, five great grandchildren: Hailey and Brylee Williams, Hannah, Madison, and Presley Landreneau, and her loving and longtime faithful puppy "Tiny".

Mrs. Beard is preceded in death by her parents Eraste and Zelma Billedeaux, one sister Maffle Todd, one brother J.E. Billedeaux.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Deacon George Carr will be the Celebrant. Burial will be in Prien Memorial Park. Visitation will begin on Wednesday at 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a scripture service to be held at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at 8:00 AM until the time of services on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (PDK) 8330 Ward Parkway, Suit 510 Kansas City, MO 64114-2000.

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  1. Amana Landreneau and Family, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your wonderful grandmother. I know her many gifts and unselfish love will be with you forever. Love, Aunt Yvonne

  2. Amanda, I will always remember your Granny smiling and laughing. She loved to have fun! Mostly I will remember what an incredibly talented seamstress she was and the beautiful things she created with so much love for her family. My heart goes out to all of you. Love, Laura

  3. Betty and Wilford have been great friends and neighbors. I have since moved to Florida, but will always remembers our visits and her help when I needed it. She will be greatly missed. As per her wishes, I have made a donation to the kidney foundation. Love,Judy

  4. Cindy, I am so sorry about the loss of your mom. I know how close you were to her. your family will be in our prayers.

  5. Cinyd I remember the first time I really spent alot of time with your mom was when we went to make chicken salad sandwiches for Amanda's wedding. I remember how mush she reminded of my mom. I knew just how lucky you were to have such a wonderful mom, that she was a very special and loving person. I know that you will miss her greatly. But you have wonderful memories to comfort you. I am here for you anytime…I love you

  6. Hi Cindy! This is Joan Heard. You have been on my mind so much. Today I started making phone calls and googled your name. The information about your moms passing came up. I hope this message gets to you. I also left my name and number with funeral home. I remember your mom so fondly. She was a wonderful Camp Fire Girl leader. Such good times! I'm so sorry about her passing. Your mom was so good to me when daddy died. I know this will be hard for you and your family. My my died two years ago. So I understand what you are going through. When you can, reach out. My number is 504-390-1019. Love, Joan

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