Mary Gussie Broussard Benoit

April 9, 1931 ~ September 3, 2010

Mary Gussie Broussard Benoit, age 79, passed away Friday, September 3, 2010, at a local hospital.

Born April 9, 1931 in Lafayette, she was a resident of Lake Charles and a homemaker. She loved to play Bingo and was quite successful at it. Mrs. Benoit also enjoyed her time with her family. She loved having them over and cooking for them, being well known for good cooking. Dancing, gardening, and fishing were also other pastimes for Mrs. Benoit, as well as being a past member of the VFW Ladies' Auxiliary Post 2130. She will always be remembered for her love and care that she gave to her family and will be truly missed. Preceding her in death was her first husband and father to her children, Alpha Broussard, who was from Creole, and a son, Robert Broussard.

Survivors include her husband, James Benoit of Lake Charles; seven children, Donald Broussard and wife, Karen of Lake Charles, Kenneth Broussard of Lake Charles, Michael Broussard and wife, Elaine of Woodbury, TN, Doris Vincent and husband, Timothy of Flora, MS, Lotta Guidry and husband, Russell of Lake Charles, Lorraine Sellers and husband, Larry of Lisbon, LA, and Keith Broussard of Lake Charles; four siblings, Irby Gaspard of Lake Charles, Dudley Duhon of Bridge City, TX, R.J. Duhon of Lake Charles, and Helen LaFleur of Lake Charles; 20 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Her funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, September 6, 2010, at Johnson Funeral Home. Deacon Scott Conner will officiate. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens Mausoleum. Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 5, from 12 noon until 10 p.m. with a rosary at 6:30 p.m. The visitation will resume on Monday, September 6, from 12 noon until time of service.

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  1. i was six years old when i met Mrs. Benoit, the grandmother to my great friend Jenny. i remember playing at her house, dancing in the living room,running through the garden, and just sitting on the porch while she was busy making grand meals in the kitchen. many years i lived next door to her and then down the street, so i have many fond memories of her to reflect on. she was such a pleasant woman to be around and will be missed very much. my thoughts and prayers are going out to the family members.

  2. My family – the Larry Daughtry family – has many wonderful memories of Ms. Gussie and Mr. Bruce Broussard -My father and Mr. Bruce were brick masons together for years – we took a trip to Montana for the summer of my 13th year. I ate my first turtle gumbo with hard boiled eggs in at at Ms. Gussie's table. We had so many fun times. I saw her at bingo with Mr. Benoit after she remarried. She was so happy and enjoying her life. Even if our paths didn't cross often, when we did meet , the rush of memories of our families came back strong. Our prayers are with all of you – from all of us, Jerry, Sandy, Nancy, and Pat. We are blessed to have known her.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole Family, wish we could be with you. We are with our father who is critically ill following emergency surgery in Houston. God Bless you all! Love, Becky, Julia and Roger.

  4. We, the employees of the Lake Charles Housing Authority, want to extend our sympathy to our co-worker and friend, Kenny Broussard. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.S. Ben Taylor, Executive Director Deborah Doshier, Chief Compliance Officer

  5. Your mother was the kindest and gentlest woman I have ever met. I feel so fortunate to have known her and extend my deepest sympathy to you and your families.

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