Evangeline Funeral Home

314 E Saint Peter St, New Iberia, LA


Barbara O'Brien Provost

February 23, 1951February 20, 2020

Funeral services celebrating the life of Barbara O’Brien Provost will be held 6:00 pm Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Evangeline Funeral Home. Deacon Gary Lowery of 2nd Baptist Church in Baytown, Texas will officiate. Mrs. Provost will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at a later date.

Barbara was born February 23, 1951 in New Orleans to the late Robert J. O’Brien and Elida Romero O’Brien, and passed away Thursday, February 20, 2020, just three days before her 69th birthday.

Barbara was known for her outgoing personality and love of people and had a smile and kind word for anyone she came across. She enjoyed get-togethers and brightened the room with her smile. Thomas remembers her “quick wit” and that she always had a snappy comeback for you when joking.

Allen recalled that Mardi Gras was one of her favorite times of the year, being that she grew up in New Orleans and had so many fond memories from her childhood and watching parades. When Barbara wanted to unwind, she spent time tending to her garden or doing her crafts. She had a knack for growing many vegetables and plants, but joked about the fact that she could not grow tomatoes at all. She had an entire closet full of craft supplies and would crochet or make children’s shoes with sparkle and lights. Barbara called them “Fru-Fru Shoes”, her own little creation. She also loved to travel and had the opportunity to visit many states in the US. Above all, Barbara’s greatest love was for her family. Her beautiful smile and heart will forever be remembered by all who knew and loved her. Rest well Barbara, for you have earned you reward.

Survivors include her husband and best friend of 47 years, Allen J. Provost Jr.; her son whom she loved dearly, Thomas Provost and his wife Amanda; her granddaughters, Jestia N. Provost and Kara J. Provost; a sister and brother, Donna O’Brien and Steve O’Brien; her nieces and nephews, Nichole, Olivia, Robbie and Justin; her sisters in law, Madeline Wenger, Susan Leleux, June Provost and Janeen Janak; and her brother in law, John Provost.

In lieu of floral offerings, please consider a contribution in Barbara’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 666785-8516.

Family and friends are encouraged to visit Barbara’s memorial page at www.evangelinefuneralhome.com and share your memories of her.

Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.


  • Allen J. Provost, Jr., Husband
  • Thomas Provost (Amanda), Son
  • Jestia N. Provost, Granddaughter
  • Kara J. Provost, Granddaughter
  • Donna O'Brien, Sister
  • Steve O'Brien, Brother
  • Madeline Wenger, Sister-in-law
  • Susan Leleux, Sister-in-law
  • June Provost, Sister-in-law
  • Janeen Janak, Sister-in-law
  • John Provost, Brother-in-law
  • Elida Romero O'Brien, Mother (deceased)
  • Robert J. O'Brien, Father (deceased)
  • Also survived by her nieces and nephews; Nichole, Olivia, Robbie and Justin


  • Memorial Gathering Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, March 12, 2020


Barbara O'Brien Provost

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Gloria Bailey-Erskine

February 23, 2020

I am so sad that my friend, Barbara, has passed. She was my Thelma and I was her Louise.

We worked together at SYSCO in Houston for about 3 years but our friendship went far beyond that for another 18 years. I loved her like a sister and together we could laugh about anything. Barbara was my dear friend who deeply, deeply loved and cared for her family.

After she and Allen retired and moved back to Louisiana, Barbara called me one day and told me she had something to tell me. She was very excited and said, “Allen wants to marry me – What do you think I should do?” (They had already been married about 45 years and had a very handsome son, Thomas who was Barbara’s most pride and joy). I told her, “I think Allen is a good man and I think you should marry him. I think that’s wonderful news!” She giggled and said, “Well, OK then I guess I will.”

It is so difficult to accept this loss of my dear friend but Barbara left behind a beautiful legacy of How to be a Great Lady.

Allen fought a long and hard battle with Barbara and her Alzheimer disease. She was very blessed to have him taking care of her every need. I know how difficult it must have been and pray Allen finds peace and comfort knowing that he provided for her until her death.

I pray that Allen and Thomas can find peace knowing she is comfortable now and resting peacefully in the hands of God.

Go Rest High on that Mountain, my Friend – you are loved!

Barbora Cole

February 23, 2020

Barbara and Allen were fantastic neighbors. Barbara brought us many pots of her delicious gumbo. Thomas was like our son. He loved missing the bus and coming to our house for breakfast and a ride to school. We cherish all those memories.

Kitty Courts

February 23, 2020

Bozo and Family, My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family, I have wonderful memories of going to high school.wuth you and Bsrbsra. Remembering Everyone in.my thoughts and prayers Love Kityu

Bob Cowan

February 21, 2020

A wonderful neighbor. Our deepest condolences to the family.

Bob and Tish