Barbara Ann Gauthier "Mimi"

January 31, 1946 - September 10, 2020

Barbara Gauthier

Barbara Ann Gauthier "Mimi", 74, of Nederland, died Thursday, September 10, 2020. She was born on January 31, 1946, in Rayne, Louisiana, to Wilma Marie Peltier Trahan and Wilton Jean Trahan.

Barbara was an amazing wife, mother and Mimi. Her family was everything to her. She was married to her husband, James Gauthier, Sr. “Big Jim”, for fifty-five years until he passed in November of 2018. She had five children, thirteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, traveling, holiday gatherings with her family, and anything that involved her children or grandchildren. She was active in her church teaching RCIA and CCD. She worked so hard her whole life taking care of her children, her mother, and her husband. It didn’t matter whatever anyone needed, she was always there ready to do more than what was needed of her, and she would do it with a full heart. She gave of herself to anyone in need, and she took so much joy in taking care of others. She was the heart and soul of her family who loved and admired her so very much.

Survivors include her children, Cherie F. Wheeler; James J. Gauthier, Jr and his wife, Julie; Sharon K. Kemp and her husband, Jason; and Crystal Varnado and her husband, Clint; grandchildren, Dale Ray Fontenot, Jr.; Christopher A. Fontenot; Sarah N. Fontenot; Jonathan C. Fontenot; Scott Wheeler; Brian Gauthier; Austin Gauthier; Kaylee E. Gates; Karley H. Willett; Lainie Varnado; Jessica Varnado; Jake Kemp and Jaycie Kemp; great-grandchildren, Brandon Fontenot; Alaina Wheeler; Evan Wheeler; Remy J. Gates; Elijah Fontenot; Kyndal Kemp; and Jillian Kemp.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Gauthier; daughter, Cheryl R. Fontenot; brother, Wilton Trahan, Jr.; and sister, Betty Roff.

A Memorial Mass for Mrs. Gauthier will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 17, 2020, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 211 Hardy Avenue, Nederland. Her committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium under the direction of Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland.

Memorial Service
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
211 Hardy Nederland, TX 77627
Thursday, September 17, 2020
10:30 a.m.
Broussard's Crematorium
5150 Stivers Street Beaumont, TX 77705

Comments (5)

  • Rick Trahan

    15 September 2020 at 00:19 | #

    I sure am gonna miss you aunt Barbara. Another big piece of my heart gone. But im sure yall are all up there reunited as a family. Love you


  • Mary Bonin

    12 September 2020 at 20:16 | #

    Barbara was one of the sweet ladies I have known. Always so eager to help if you needed it. She will be missed!


  • LindaSmith

    12 September 2020 at 18:25 | #

    Barbar was a hard working woman love her family so sorry for your loss Sharon


  • Paula Lindstrom Peavy

    12 September 2020 at 17:08 | #

    Rest in Peace Barbara. I am privileged to know a few of your kind and generous children and grandchildren. They are a wonderful reflection of you.


  • clinton varnado

    12 September 2020 at 16:10 | #

    Ma I’m sure gonna miss you don’t think I’ve ever told you but I wanna say ty for accepting me for who I am and loving me like your own these past 27 years gonna miss your cornbread dressing and seafood gumbo on the holidays and most of all your caring heart RIP until we meet again love you


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