Barbara Hoover Sonnier

November 3, 1934March 23, 2021

JEANERETTE – Barbara Hoover Sonnier, age 86, of Jeanerette passed away at her home on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Graveside services for Mrs. Sonnier will be conducted at Beau’ Pre Memorial Park on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 3:00 pm. Fr. Alexander Albert will officiate. She will be laid to rest alongside her loving husband.

A native of Oakdale, Barbara was born November 3, 1934 to Irene Hughes Hoover and Earl Hoover. She was a kind and gentle soul that cherished her family above all else. Barbara was a dedicated housewife that helped to raise seven wonderful children. She loved being around family, especially if it meant cooking for them. Barbara was a wonderful cook and was famous in the household for her delicious fried chicken. Family and loved ones would visit Barbara every Sunday they could to share a meal with her. A loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend, Barbara will be truly and deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her children, John C. Sonnier, Jr., Nancy Sonnier, Rodney Sonnier (Linda), Timothy Sonnier, Kandi Durocher, Connie Gauthreaux (Dwayne), and Eric Hoover (Tracey); brother, Robert Hoover; sisters Ida Young and Rosemary Spence; twenty-one grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John Coston Sonnier, Sr.; son-in-law, Adrian Durocher; daughter-in-law, Susan Sonnier; father, Earl Hoover; mother, Irene Hughes Hoover; brothers, Michael Hoover, Louis Hoover, and Roland Hoover; and great-grandchild, Bentley James Smith.

Pallbearers will be members and friends of the family.

To view the on-line obituary and sign the guest register, please visit

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


  • John C. Sonnier, Jr., Son
  • Nancy Sonnier, Daughter
  • Rodney Sonnier (Linda), Son
  • Timothy Sonnier, Son
  • Kandi Durocher, Daughter
  • Connie Gauthreaux (Dwayne), Daughter
  • Eric Hoover (Tracey), Son
  • Robert Hoover, Brother
  • Ida Young, Sister
  • Rosemary Spence, Sister
  • John Coston Sonnier, Sr., Loving husband (deceased)
  • Earl Hoover, Father (deceased)
  • Irene Hughes Hoover, Mother (deceased)
  • Adrian Durocher, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Susan Sonnier, Daughter-in-law (deceased)
  • Bentley James Smith, Great Grandchild (deceased)
  • Michael Hoover, Brother (deceased)
  • Louis Hoover, Brother (deceased)
  • Roland Hoover, Brother (deceased)
  • Mrs. Sonnier also leaves behind to cherish her memory twenty-one grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

  • Will be members and friends of the family.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, March 26, 2021


Barbara Hoover Sonnier

have a memory or condolence to add?

Karen LaSalle

March 31, 2021

Nancy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I remembered your mom always being so nice to me when I’d go to y’all house in the morning when you and I walked to school . My deepest condolences to you✝️ Karen LaSalle Sulphur, La.

Kenneth Bingham

March 26, 2021

Thinking of you and your family at this very sad time. If in the coming months you need help with something that I can help you with feel free to call me.

Sadie Durocher

March 26, 2021

Sending prayers that the family of Maw Maw finds peace during this difficult time. Rest easy Maw Maw.

Vernell Mitchell

March 25, 2021

A great lady. Every year she would send a birthday card. She would always have a kind word. Truly cared about others. A blessed woman.

John Berard

March 24, 2021

Rosemary, Ida, Nancy and Robert....I was so sorry to hear of her passing....Your family has my deepest sympathy......she was always a wonderful person and loved her family.....all of you in the family will be in my thoughts and prayers....your old friend through all thers years John.....

Barbara Sonnier

March 24, 2021

The family of Butler & Iris Jackson would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mrs. Barbara Sonnier.
Ms. Barbara was a kind and gentle soul who treated us as her very own family. Words can not express the sorrow we feel as of now, but yet the spirit of grace knowing that she is at peace. We will never forget the love she has shown us.
As neighbors for a lifetime and friends forever, we love you beyond eternity.

Thanks for sharing Ms. Barbara with us!
Demecia Jackson, on behalf of the entire Jackson family.

Effron & Savoy

March 24, 2021

Please accept our deepest sympathy to the family for your loss. May she Rest In Peace