Bernida Elizabeth Viator

October 19, 1940 - October 9, 2021

Bernida Elizabeth Viator, 80, of Beaumont, died Friday, October 8, 2021, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. She was born on October 19, 1940, to Louise Miller Dies and Harry Dies, in Church Point, Louisiana.

Bernida had been a regional manager of Gulf States Theatres from San Antonio, Texas, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and manager of the Winnie Dairy Queen. She also worked for Dr. Benski in Nederland, was an x-ray technician at the Winnie hospital, secretary for Evangelist, Larry Meaux, in Winnie, and was one of God’s many devoted prayer warriors.

When Bernida wasn’t working she was an excellent fast pitch softball player, enjoyed camping and fishing, painting, photography, and shopping. She was a wonderful cook and baker and also loved to sew, crochet, and quilt. Bernida was a very competitive card shark and was a Mario Cart enthusiast. She was often gardening and growing flowers and plants. Bernida loved both nature and animals.

Survivors include her husband of sixty-three years, Larry J. Viator; children, Mark Viator of Beaumont; Marcia Smith and her husband, Grant, of Anahuac; Marty Viator and his wife, Paula of Geismar, Louisiana; and Marelina Hudson and her husband, Tim, of Beaumont; grandchildren, Amanda DeJohn and her husband, Lance; Erin Blank and her husband, Jonathan; Bethany Tanner and her husband, Will; Whitney Viator; Ronnie Joe Brown, Jr.; Delana Brown; Derrick Viator and his partner, Kayla Melancon; Danielle Sutton and her husband, Lloyd; Courtney Hudson; Brandon Hudson and his wife, Aly; Andrea Wong and her husband, Aaron; Haley Thornton; Ashlyn Smith; and Holden Smith; twenty-two great-grandchildren with one on the way; one great-great-grandchild on the way; sister, Linda Moyer and her husband, Rick; brother, Tommy Dies and his wife, Anna; brother-in-law, Keith Viator and his wife, Sue; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Cassie.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Hubert, Robert, and David Dies; and grandson, Cody Viator.

A gathering of Mrs. Viator’s family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 21, 2021, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 22, 2021, at Broussard’s, with her interment to follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • October 21, 2021
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • October 22, 2021
  • 10:00 am


Memory Gardens of Jefferson County
  • 3098, Highway 69 N, Nederland, TX, 77627,

Comments (7)

    Philip S Dronet says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Larry Viator. May God bless you and your family, with His love and comforting spirit. Love and prayers.

    The Meaux Family says:

    We were so blessed and honored to have Tookie as secretary for a season, at Good News Fellowship. She was the best, and a beautiful Lady inside and out.She was an asset to the ministry. We are so sorry for your loss and heartbroken for Larry, the children, grandchildren, great grandchildren , Keith and Sue.
    Delta, Larry,Jr., Letty,
    and The Meaux Family

    Rita and Robert Johnson says:

    We were so sad to hear of your great loss. You will miss her deeply but we know God will be with you and bring comfort to you. Our love and prayers, Robert and Rita

    Faye Bowers says:

    Thoughts & prayers!

    Angela Chesnutt says:

    I will be lifting you, your father, your siblings and all the grandchildren up in prayer. May each precious memory bring you all strength and may the Lord give you all peace.

    Mazie East says:

    So sorry for your loss! This family is in our prayers.

    Janet Foote says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss o of. Tookie. She was a beautiful woman good mother that loved her family completely. My prayers to the good Lord to please give you the strength to get through this tragedy. God bless all of you.

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