August 9, 1934 – January 8, 2020
On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, Lydia Nero, aged 85, passed away peacefully in her sleep in Houston, Texas. Lydia was born on August 9, 1934 to Pascal and Lorenia Nero in Church Point, LA and was one of nine children, eight girls and one boy. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church, in Church Point.
In 1955 the Nero family relocated to Lake Charles, LA where Lydia completed her high school education at Washington High School. In 1960 Lydia relocated to Houston, Texas. While living in Houston, Lydia began what would become her lifelong career in the field of nursing at a brand-new hospital opened in May of 1963, the Ben Taub Hospital. She later attended San Jacinto Jr. College where she received her LVN license. She later attended Prairie View A & M and Texas Women University to receive her RN degree and a Masters in nursing, respectively. She worked at several hospitals in the Houston area. Her dedication to nursing took her abroad where she spent two years in Saudi Arabia in the nursing field. To her peers, colleagues and family, Lydia was a very dedicated and caring nurse who later went on to teach the skills she had learned. The last 10 years of her working career were spent teaching nursing at Prairie View A & M University in the medical center.
She was a dedicated member of Assumption Catholic Church. She participated in many of her church’s activities. She was a CCE teacher and a Eucharistic minister. She was also in the choir for a time. Lydia was dedicated to share the New Goods of the Lord with her firm and unwavering faith in God and Christ.
Lydia was also a wonderful cook who loved to bake as well. Among her many recipes her most memorable specialties were turkey wings, prune cakes, and ginger muffins. Many family members looked forward to enjoying her sweets at family gatherings and receiving these baked goodies as Christmas gifts.
Lydia loved to travel and visited many of the countries in Europe, England and of course the Holy Land, which she visited several times.
Lydia was preceded in death by her parents, Pascal and Lorenia Nero, her brother Bernard (Murphy), and three sisters, Letha Boutte, Wilanna Landry, and Catherine Nero.
She leaves to cherish her memory 4 sisters: Bernadette Declouette (Elridge) of Lake Charles, LA, Nelma Fontenette (James) of Newbury Park, CA, Beatrice Payton, of Upland CA, and Helen Jones, of Houston TX. She also leaves to cherish her memory two Godchildren and nephews, Joseph (Randy) Chavis and Vincent Jones, a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, former students, and friends.
- Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Committal Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020
January 12, 2020
A job well done while here on earth by Lydia and she will be truly missed.Our prayers are with the entire family at this time of sorrow.May God rest her soul
January 11, 2020
Lydia seem to have had an outstanding career and purposeful life, may God rest her soul and give her peace; I know she will be missed by family and friends
January 10, 2020
Grandma Nero was loved , and will be missed. Our condolences to the family from my brothers and myself.
January 10, 2020
Ms. Nero was a kind, generous and caring teacher at PVAM College of Nursing. She had a motherly love for her students. Lydia felt the duty to help her students succeed. Her infectious smile made it easy for students to go to her.
She was a friend, a mentor, a mother and a grandmother to my children. With each one of my 3 children, Ms. Nero traveled out of State to come stay with me for 3 weeks at a time. She came not only to help me care for the new baby but to also teach me how to care for them.
Thank you Lydia. May the dear Lord keep you safe till we meet again.
January 9, 2020
May God Bless your family!!!
I enjoyed my nursing class with Ms.Nero, for she was kind and soft spoken at all times.
Although she didn’t have children, she treated some of her students as if they were her kids—she loved us!!!!!!!
January 9, 2020
Ms Nero was a kind, and caring professor of Nursing at PVAMU. Her presence and beautiful smile gave light to the stressful environment of nursing school.
She willingly shared her nursing knowledge beyond school and mentored several of my classmates
I pray that God rest her spirit forever in heaven. Amen