OBITUARY

Billie Rae Clotiaux

March 22, 1926December 25, 2020
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Billie Rae Clotiaux passed away peacefully at her home on December 25, 2020. She was born March 22, 1926 to Eunice and Lavenure Kerr.

Billie grew up in Harlingen, TX and graduated French High school in 1944. It was there she met her love Don Clotiaux, who she was married to for 75 years. They moved to Beaumont, TX where they raised their three children, Don Jr., Claudia, and Jeanne. Billie was an avid golfer and very much enjoyed being on the course while she lived in Wildwood, TX. Billie loved to sew and would make clothes for her children. It was important to her that everyone be well dressed. If she wasn't sewing clothes, she was buying them since she loved to shop. Billie was a self taught artist and also taught members of her family to paint. She enjoyed playing Kanasta with friends and family. Billie was a member of First Methodist Church and was part of the Women's Grief Group and used her excellent cooking skills to prepare and deliver food to members, as well as her family and those who knew her. She was known for her gumbos and gravy's and you could always find her in the kitchen whistling a tune. It was known that when you were invited for dinner, you stopped what you were doing and made your way to her home.

She loved her family and she lit up when they came came over to visit. She is survived by her husband Don, her children Claudia and husband Mike, and Jeanne, six grandchildren, Shane Clotiaux, Shannon, McQueen, Michael Mericle, Keri Rasberry, and Andy Rodgers. Billie also leaves ten great-grandchildren to cherish her memories. She is preceded in death by her parents, son Don Jr., 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.

A gathering of Family and Friends will be held on December 30, 2020 at 1 pm at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. A Celebration of Billie's Life will be held on December 30, 2020 at 2 pm in the chapel. With her burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family has asked that masks be worn and social distancing respected. Services will be livestreamed via Facebook. Please visit our Facebook page for more details.

Services

  • A Gathering of Family and Friends

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020

  • A Celebration of Billie's Life

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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Sheri Martin

December 30, 2020

The first time I met Maw Maw and Pa Pa I was in my twenties. I remember thinking they were so young to be retired! Papa asked me if I wanted a beer and I asked what kind he had. This began our ongoing joke of Old Millwater (Old Milkwalke). I immediately liked them both. Their home always made me feel welcomed and a place I always felt a peace being there. Maw Maw would enjoy talking about decorating ideas together. Cameron and Marti carried on the tradition of riding in the bund bund (unsure how to spell it, yet the kids all knew that meant the golf cart)! Family was always important to her and she loved to cook and have everyone over. I can think of so many family meals. One of my fondest memories with Maw Maw was when she took the time to show me her technique on painting Santa's on cypress tree roots; I have been painting these for at least twenty years now myself. I will forever be grateful for that.
Another very important memory was having PaPa honored at Cameron's Air Force Boot Camp Graduation. It was such a cool day, not only for Cameron's "flight" ; however, for Don to get so much attention for being a POW. I felt honored to be a part of this celebration for all.
Thank you Maw Maw for always making me feel a part of the family. You will be missed.
I love you,
Sheri

Jan Barbee Smith

December 30, 2020

I thank God for Billie's life & love. I am grateful for all the years that we had with Billie & Don to pray together at the church in the Wildwood.

Julie Horn

December 29, 2020

Jeanne and I were best friends in high school so I spent a lot of time at the Clotiaux’s. Mrs. Clotiaux was like a mother to me. She knew growing up without a mom was hard at times for me so, she step into those shoes with lots of love and discipline. When I turned 16 she gave me a slumber party at her house. When they went on vacation they took me too. I loved spending time at their home. She was an awesome cook; we always had breakfast before school and dinner around 4:30 when Mr. Clotiaux came home from work. She was a roll model for me and I loved her very much. Thank you Mrs. Clotiaux for loving a misfit teenage girl. You will be missed but my memories of you will live in my ♥️

Jeanne Rodgers

December 29, 2020

Keri Rasberry

December 28, 2020

Liz Elliott

December 28, 2020

Donnie and family,
My heart is so broken over you having to say goodbye to sweet Billie.
I have done Billie’s hair for years.
I am so thankful that God sent her into my life.
To know her was to love her.
I too was blessed with one of her special Santa’s that I treasure.
Love and prayers to each of you

Keri Rasberry

December 28, 2020

Keri Rasberry

December 28, 2020

Keri Rasberry

December 28, 2020

Keri Rasberry

December 28, 2020

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