E. Theresa Gaisser

July 13, 1928 ~ January 15, 2011

E. Theresa Gaisser, 82, of Lake Charles, LA died at 6:00 PM on Saturday, January 15, 2011 in a local hospital.

Mrs. Gaisser was born July 13, 1928 in Lake Charles, LA. She was a graduate of St. Charles Academy and also a graduate of Sowela Technical Institute with an Associate's Degree in Business. She lived in Lake Charles most of her life and Houston, TX from 1993 to 2007. Mrs. Gaisser worked for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office prior to starting her family. She later worked for Dr. John Moffett's office for twenty-five years as the office manager. After her retirement, she worked for Baylor College of Medicine in Houston for ten years as an administrative clerk. She was a member of Second Baptist Church in Houston, the Revival Center, Abundant Life Fellowship, and Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Lake Charles. Mrs. Gassier enjoyed sewing, dancing, playing golf, but most importantly, bowling. She will always be remembered as a God loving woman and mother, who saw the good in everyone. Her ministry was love; her eyes and smile brought the morning sunshine and her tears brought the rain. Everyone who knew her, loved her.

Mrs. Gaisser is survived by her daughters, Sherry C. Hudson-Carley and husband David of Houston, TX, Minnie Dupin and husband Sid of Lake Charles, and Saline Gaisser of Sulphur, LA; sons, John Michael Carney and wife Debbie, Ernest James Carney and wife Shannon, and Donald Jeff Carney and wife Joni, all of Houston, TX; step-son, Payton Woodrow Carney, Jr. and wife Virginia of Tallulah, LA; twenty-one grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; and best-friends, Bertha Jean Donaldson and Eloise Stein.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Payton W. Carney and Charles Edward Gaisser; parents, Ernest Julius and Minnie Pearl Reeves; brother, Ernest Jay Reeves; and step-daughter, Marguerite King.

Her funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Louis Jackson will officiate. Burial will follow in Sallier Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM and continue on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until the start of the service.

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  1. A lovely lady in life – a beautiful soul and shining light has stepped through the portal of eternity. Theresa always had a ready smile and a hug and never failed to tell one what a beautiful person they were to boost their confidence and make their day. We share her joy in the completion of this earthly test to obtain her reward.

  2. Ernie,My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God keep and Bless all of you during this most difficult timeSteve

  3. I will always remember the love you shared with me and the good times we had when wewere together. Sharing stories about the good times we had with our children was wonderful also. You are so missed by us all. We loved you, Teresa.

  4. I worked with Theresa at Dr. Moffett's office for many, many years. She was like a mother to all of us and my memories of her would fill a river. I loved her so much. We shared many laughs and many tears. We all went through lifes ups and downs together and always came out on the other side. She was full of faith and love for the LORD and instilled that love in me. I will forever be a better person for having known her. Condolences to all of her family. She loved all of her children as only a mother could. Love to you all.

  5. My heartfelt sympathy to you all. I have such fond memories of you all as my next door neighbors. Your Mom was so quick to laugh offer a smile. I know you will miss her but what a wonderful celebration to know that you will meet again in heaven where there will be no sorrow or pain. God Bless You all! With much love, Cissy

  6. My prayers are with you the family of a dear sweet lady. I worked with your Mom in 1981 at OB-GYN. To me and all the girls she was our mother. Always willing to listen and give suggestions. I was the youngest and fixing to get married so we had some awesome conversation. We all called her Mother Theresa! I loved your mom dearly and will hold those memories deep in my heart. My heart rejoices because she now rest Where the Angels Sing!

  7. So sorry to hear of Theresa's passing.She was such a beautiful soul and is definitely enjoying her heavenly home along with my dear father, Charles Gaisser.I wish you all in the family …PEACE ….Yours Truly, JoAnn Gaisser Military

  8. When Aunt Theresa and Uncle Payton would come to Tallulah we would gather around and listen to her and mother talk she was always so pleasant to be around and always had that smile that I know had to be one of the things that attracted Uncle Payton to fall in love with her She was always smiling and had such a radiance about that you could just see the LOVE that she had for everybody.We will all miss this fine lady and keep all if her family in our prayers

  9. When she worked with us at Baylor she told us she loved us. She would hug us tell us how much she loved us. I've never know anyone that filled with love. You were an angel on earth, now you're an angel in Heaven. Love you Mom.

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