OBITUARY

Carmen Callahan Schouest

November 12, 1949June 10, 2021

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Carmen Callahan Schouest, a devoted and faithful Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away peacefully Thursday June 10, 2021 at the young age of 71. She has gained her promise of eternal peace and life and now sits in the presence of her Lord and savior.

Carmen was born November 12, 1949 in New Orleans to the late Joseph Clarence Callahan, Sr. and the late Francis Bernice Barnige Callahan and was one of four children born to that union. As a child she lived briefly in Bunkie, her parent’s birthplace, but would eventually come to the town of Delcambre, the place she called home.

She has always been a hard worker, dedicating her life to the wellbeing of her family. She began early on as a marine operator with the Delcambre Telephone Company, as a seamstress with Fruit of the Loom, and on the production line at Tabasco. Her dedication was second to none and she was loved by her coworkers.

Her children recall their mother’s deep, profound faith and strong will, determination and courage to face every day with her illness. She held Daily Bible studies with her sister on the phone, sometimes spending over an hour in their worship. And it was that faith that lifted her for the years that she was ill. Throughout her many health issues, she never let it bring her down, instead using that very faith and courage to carry her and to help others as well.

When asked about something that everyone would remember Carmen for, they all agreed with one thing….her laughter. She absolutely loved to laugh and have a great time, and could have an entire room giggling from just being around her. Never a dull moment, and living her life to the fullest is how they described her.

Above all, her greatest love was her family. She was not one that needed frivolous things or yearned to travel. Her life was best when home with her family. Whether it was watching her grandchildren play sports, or just sitting and sharing a meal (and of course a laugh) she was in her glory. She is now eternally in our hearts and our thoughts, where her legacy of faith and love will live on. Rest well dear Carmen for we will meet again.

Those left to cherish her memory is her husband of 25 years, Terry Schouest of Delcambre; her three children, Monica Delcambre (Kardell) of Delcambre, Howie Delcambre (Leigh) of Lafayette, and Mysti Thibodeaux (Toby) of Erath; her niece Cheyenne Nicole Dunn of Delcambre, whom she raised and looked upon as her own; her step-daughter, Christina Schouest of Mouton Cove; her five grandchildren whom she absolutely adored, Bailey Delcambre, Zack Delcambre, Jax Thibodeaux, Aiden Delcambre and Ani Delcambre; her only great grandson, Briggs Derise; her brothers and sisters, Joseph Clarence Callahan, Jr. (Cathy) of Grand Coteaux, John Clark Callahan (Amy) of Jay, FL, Letitia Marie Callahan of Ball, Margaret Irene Windham of Pineville and Holly Carol DuBroc (Harvey) of Dry Prong; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters Elsie Kaye Smith and Amber Lisanne Dunn; and her half-sister, Angela Marie Hargons.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Carmen’s life will be held at 3:00 pm Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Delcambre. Fr. Buddy Breaux, Pastor and a dear friend of the family, will be the celebrant. She will be laid to rest privately at a later date.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at the church on Wednesday from 2:00 pm until time of the mass.

Carmen was passionate about cancer research and truly believed in her heart that a cure would one day be found. In honor of Carmen, please consider making a contribution to the American Cancer Society of Louisiana, 2605 River Rd, New Orleans, LA 70121.

Family and friends are encouraged to share their condolences, memories and support with the family by visiting Carmen’s memorial page at www.evangelinefuneralhome.com

Evangeline Funeral Home of Delcambre has been entrusted all arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Terry Schouest, Husband
  • Monica Delcambre (Kardell), Daughter
  • Howie Delcambre (Leigh), Son
  • Mysti Thibodeaux (Toby), Daughter
  • Cheyenne Nicole Dunn, Niece
  • Christina Schouest, Step-Daughter
  • Bailey Delcambre, Grandchild
  • Zack Delcambre, Grandchild
  • Jax Thibodeaux, Grandchild
  • Aiden Delcambre, Grandchild
  • Ani Delcambre, Grandchild
  • Briggs Derise, Great Grandchild
  • Joseph Clarence Callahan, Jr. (Cathy), Brother
  • John Clark Callahan (Amy), Brother
  • Letitia Marie Callahan, Sister
  • Margaret Irene Windham, Sister
  • Holly Carol DuBroc (Harvey), Sister
  • Francis Bernice Barnige Callahan, Mother (deceased)
  • Joseph Clarence Callahan, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Elsie Kaye Smith, Sister (deceased)
  • Amber Lisanne Dunn, Sister (deceased)
  • Angela Marie Hargons, Half-Sister (deceased)

Services

  • Memorial Gathering

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021

  • Memorial Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Memories

Carmen Callahan Schouest

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Darin and Jamie leblanc

June 17, 2021

I really got to know this wonderful person over the years . She used to make me laugh Everytime I saw her. We will miss her and that beautiful smile . I know she is watching from heaven and keeping y'all on the straight and narrow she loved her family and I will miss her so very much . I'm truly sorry for y'all's loss .. R.I.P Carmen!!

Mary-Anne Moore

June 15, 2021

All my love and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Shirley Corley Beaver

June 14, 2021

Love, hugs, thoughts, and prayers for the family. Carmen was such a sweet and thoughtful lady. She was so kind and supportive of me in my life. I will never forget her kindness!!
Shirley Corley Beaver

Fran Callahan

June 14, 2021

Carmen will always be dear to my heart. Her laughter and beautiful smile will be remembered forever. My prayers are with those she leaves behind.....Rest in Peace, Carmen. Fran Mixon Callahan

Dahrie Koenig

June 13, 2021

My dear friend, so many times we shared laughter over our competing for something from DES or DHS or someone with ties to Delcambre. Staying up into the wee hours of the morning trying to figure out how to get more votes! I can still remember you telling me that you went outside in the dark not to wake up Terry or Chey from your laughter!You have fought the hard fight and you showed more strength than anyone can imagine! I know you are pain free and that is God’s Plan! I also know that Heaven gained an amazing and compassionate Angel! Will miss you my friend! Thanks for the memories🥰🥰

Cheyenne Dunn

June 13, 2021

My sweet beautiful selfless meme. Where do i begin. You gave up your whole life for me. So i can be someone. So i would have a future and a life. There is nothing in this world that i can do to repay you for that. No matter how bad you were feeling you always had a smile on your face. You’ve fought so many battles, some that you never spoke about. Yet, through everything you were positive and happy and knew God was right by your side. You have taught me many things in life that i will hold close to my heart for the rest of my life. I remember all our jokes and funny face contests. I remember staying up until 3am with you watching Steve Harvey or the golden girls. I remember playing with your hair & sleeping with you on the sofa every night until i moved out just so you could sleep because you always told me you slept like a baby when i was with you. You were so dear to my heart and meant so much and I’m so thankful God put you in my life. You are always gunna hold a very special place in my heart that nobody will be able to fill. You were a mom to me for all 20 years that I’ve been on this earth and nobody will ever take that away from me. Thank you for being the best meme and mom I’ve ever had. This isn’t goodbye, just see you later.. i love you more than you’ll ever know meme!

Love always & forever,
Your little girl
(Scooby)

Holly DuBroc

June 13, 2021

My beautiful sister... I still text your phone every morning at 8, and miss our 2 hour conversations daily. How many times clay would say something that you'd love to hear, and I've grabbed my phone, only to realize I cant anymore. You were my best friend, and I miss you like crazy! You always had that wit that I have, so no matter the day or outcome of it, together we could make a joke of it. I know you didnt want me to be sad, and you've been trying to prepare me, but I cant help it! What will I do without you?! Idk; but the Lord is helping me, as I continue our Bible worship. I think of our conversations and they bring a laughter every, single, time. You were the bravest woman I knew, with all of your many battles. I love you more sister... Come show me the way to Jesus' face, when it's my time... It's the last thing I will ever ask of you.. Love; Holly Carol.....

Delcambre Tannie

June 13, 2021

At the time of my brother’s death, a friend posted a quote that I treasure;
“ Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” Rest peacefully in the Lord, Carmen. With love, Tannie

Lucille Colomb

June 12, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the family of Carmen.
Carmen and I shared a few laughs while waiting to do our blood work only a few weeks ago. A sweet, courageous, beautiful soul has earned her angel wings. May you rest in eternal peace Carmen!
Love and Prayers
Lucille B Colomb

Barbara Laviolette

June 12, 2021

Carmen was a loving person who never had an unkind word for anyone. I will forever hold her in my memories & will hold the family in prayer.

FROM THE FAMILY