Betty Jane Baudin Heard

November 30, 1930November 28, 2013
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Betty Jane Baudin Heard, a retired teacher with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, she died Thanksgiving morning at 2:12 a.m., November 28, 2013, two days short of her 83rd birthday at the Hospice Butterfly Wing of the Baton Rouge General Hospital. A lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, she was born November 30, 1930. Betty Jane was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy. She continued her pursuit of knowledge and graduated with a degree in education from Louisiana State University in 1951. She began teaching at the age of 21 in 1954. She received her Masters in Education degree from Louisiana State University and married her sweetheart the same year. She received her +30 at Southeastern Louisiana University. She loved learning and teaching others. Many tales have been told from her years at Broadmoor Elementary and the many children she impacted. She was instrumental in directing the school plays, coordinating school carnivals, planning field trips and managing the student crossing guards. In 1977, she was chosen as the Elementary Teacher of the Year for East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Betty Jane was a member and contributor to many organizations. She was a member of the Bengal Belles, L.S.U. Alumni Club, Tiger Athletic Foundation, and Woman’s Club. She was the former secretary of the Retired Teachers Association and belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma education sorority, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Beta Iota Chapter Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity. She was generous in contributing to St. Louis King of France Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Academy, March of Dimes, Salvation Army, St. Jude Children Research Hospital, the Sheriff’s Association and many others. Betty Jane was a wonderful, caring woman with many interests. She loved watching the Winter Olympics, Macy Day parades, PBS, cheering on the Pittsburg Steelers and L.S.U. In 1951, Betty Jane was crowned the Queen of Romany and a breathtaking queen she was. She was well traveled and loved sharing stories of her travels to all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, Germany and England. Betty Jane learned to tap dance as a young girl and is fondly remembered tap dancing around the house. She was quick to smile, and didn’t meet a stranger. She was compassionate about education and generous in supporting others in their quest for furthering their own education. She will be greatly missed, but always lovingly remembered.


  • Visitation Saturday, November 30, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 30, 2013

Betty Jane Baudin Heard

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Cathy Manship

February 18, 2014

I loved Betty Jane as well as John & miss them both. Through the years every time I sent her a card or picture,,she would in return write me the most beautiful note. She was a dear & wonderful person!
Thankful for so many good memories,
Cathy Langlois Manship

December 4, 2013

How I loved Mrs. Heard. I had her as my 5th grade teacher in 1962, somewhere around there. She was fun, caring and made learning an adventure. She and a few other teachers are the reason I became a teacher myself. I've always remembered her and spoken about through the years. I so wish I could have seen her once more time and told her what an impact she had on my life. What a lady!

Hilde & Wayne Heard

November 30, 2013

Baton Rouge has lost a proven asset in its world of education. No one was more dedicated and admired for her professional and loving approach to teaching children. On many of our travels, we met either a parent of or a student of Betty Jane. So many times we introduced ourselves as Heards only to be asked, do you know Betty Jane Heard? She left such a favorable and lasting impact on both students and parents. That is an outstanding legacy. We could not have asked for a better sister-in-law. She always remembered birthdays and anniversaries with cards she personalized with handwritten notes. Hilde and Betty Jane developed a strong bond enjoyed each other's visits and telephone conversations over the years. We will miss her but we will not forget her. With sadness and much love, Wayne & Hilde Heard

Redean Parsons

November 30, 2013

Thinking about you today. I love the picture as this is how I remember her. What a wonderful teacher she was and such a great asset to Broadmoor Elementary.

She is remembered fondly by my family.