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Hixson Welsh

412 East South Street, Welsh, LA

OBITUARY

Betty Jean (Foreman) Fontenot

October 3, 1929August 3, 2020
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Betty Fontenot, faithful servant of the Lord, passed from this life on August 3, 2020, at the age of 90, holding her husband’s hand and surrounded by their children. She was born October 3, 1929, in Lacassine, Louisiana, daughter of the late Elton Foreman and Anita Bourque Foreman.

Despite her modest height, Betty was a fierce competitor in basketball for the Lacassine High School Cardinals. She married the love of her life, Claude Adam Fontenot, on June 7, 1947. They welcomed five children: Glenda, Ellen, Steve, Claudia and Jenny. She gave her life to Christ in her early twenties and faithfully served as pastor’s wife at Centerville Baptist Church, Centerville, LA; Oberlin Baptist Church, Oberlin, LA; Kaplan Baptist Church, Kaplan, LA; First Baptist Church, Golden Meadow, LA; Trinity Baptist Church, New Iberia, LA; and First Baptist Church, Rayne, LA. She supported Claude in many, many interim pastorates after retirement. She was passionate about serving the Lord and she beautifully and humbly fulfilled her calling.

Betty was known by her family for her kindness, affection, feistiness, mischief, sewing skills, delicious Cajun cooking, inability to go to bed at family gatherings for fear of missing out on fun. She was also known as grandmother extraordinaire. As one great-niece expressed, “Her kind words made you feel so loved. I want to be more like her. We all have a choice and I want to spread nothing but love and kindness. I don’t want to be like Bonnie and Clyde anymore -- I want to be like Betty and Claude.”

She is predeceased by her parents; and her daughter-in-law, Barbara (Babs) Tooke Fontenot.

She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Claude Adam Fontenot; daughter Glenda Fontenot (Pat Neff Hardesty) of Bellaire, TX; daughter Ellen Fontenot (Rick Leidal) of Castle Rock, CO: grandson Monte McCune (Jordan): Ashton and Saryn; grandson Jason Leidal; son Steven Guy Fontenot (Kristi) of Castle Rock, CO: grandson Brad Fontenot (Kari): Mikayla, Kaitlyn, Alex, Caleb, and Abby; grandson Josh Stanley: Aiko; granddaughter Christie Fontenot Parker (Nathan): Noah, Clara and Claude; granddaughter Jenn Stanley Hawkins (Cody): Pepper, Holton and Brecklee; grandson John Claude Fontenot (Mandy): Wyatt and Amelie; grandson Joel Stanley: Charis, Kalyn and Josh; grandson Jesse Stanley; grandson Jon Stanley (Katie): Lennon; grandson Jordan Stanley (Heather): Tristan and Arlo; grandson Jared Stanley (Julia): Fynn and Talyn; granddaughter Joy Stanley Morehead (Cody): Afton and Cohen; grandson J Austin Stanley (Mitch Clough); granddaughter Julee Stanley; and granddaughter Jensyn Stanley; daughter Claudia Fontenot (Jimmy Olander) of Franklin, TN: grandsons Max and Tank Olander; and daughter Jenny Fontenot Howell of Shreveport, LA: granddaughter Anna Howell.

Betty is also survived by sister Shirley Sue Foreman Goss (Shirley Ross); brother Floyd Edward Foreman (Judy); and sister Linda Faye Foreman Guidry (Larry); and a host of adored nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be held at Hixson Funeral Home of Welsh on Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 4:00pm until 8:00pm. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the family will not be present for the public viewing. A private service for immediate family will be held at a later date, with Bro. Pat Deshotel officiating. A link to view the virtual funeral service will be posted here at a later date. Burial will be at a later date at Pine Hill Cemetery. Service flowers designed by daughter-in-law Kristi Fontenot. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonwelsh.com.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the extraordinary care of the doctors, nurses, and caregivers at Memorial Hospital of Lake Charles, especially Dr. Mark LaFuria. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to their beloved church: First Baptist Church of Welsh (Betty Fontenot Memorial), 500 S. Adams Street, Welsh, LA 70591.

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  • She is predeceased by her parents; and her daughter-in-law, Barbara (Babs) Tooke Fontenot.
    She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Claude Adam Fontenot; daughter Glenda Fontenot (Pat NeffHardesty) of Bellaire, TX; daughter Ellen Fontenot (Rick Leidal) of Castle Rock, CO: grandson Monte McCune (Jordan): Ashton and Saryn; grandson Jason Leidal; son Steven Guy Fontenot (Kristi) of Castle Rock, CO: grandson Brad Fontenot (Kari): Mikayla, Kaitlyn, Alex, Caleb, and Abby; grandson Josh Stanley: Aiko; granddaughter Christie Fontenot Parker (Nathan): Noah, Clara and Claude; granddaughter Jenn Stanley Hawkins (Cody): Pepper, Holton and Brecklee; grandson John Claude Fontenot (Mandy): Wyatt and Amelie; grandson Joel Stanley: Charis, Kalyn and Josh; grandson Jesse Stanley; grandson Jon Stanley (Katie): Lennon; grandson Jordan Stanley (Heather): Tristan and Arlo; grandson Jared Stanley (Julia): Fynn and Talyn; granddaughter Joy Stanley Morehead (Cody): Afton and Cohen; grandson J Austin Stanley (Mitch Clough); granddaughter Julee Stanley; and granddaughter Jensyn Stanley; daughter Claudia Fontenot (Jimmy Olander) of Franklin, TN: grandsons Max and Tank Olander; and daughter Jenny Fontenot Howell of Shreveport, LA: granddaughter Anna Howell.
    Betty is also survived by sister Shirley Sue Foreman Goss (Shirley Ross); brother Floyd Edward Foreman (Judy); and sister Linda Faye Foreman Guidry (Larry); and a host of adored nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.

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    Thursday, August 6, 2020

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John Astling

August 8, 2020

Bro. Claude,
Our prayers and thought are with you. May the Lord fill your heart with Comfort as only He can do. The whole University Baptist Church prayers for you and thank the Lord for both of you. I know you meant a lot to the church family when you served here. The Scripture that comes to mind is, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord".
John D. Astling, Pastor at University Baptist Church in Lake Charles

Cindy Richmond

August 6, 2020

Mrs.Betty was the sweetest lady and girls’ Sunday School teacher always setting a good example for us. May our Lord comfort and bless the family in the coming days.
Love to you all.
Cindy Richmond

Marvin Crader

August 6, 2020

Aunt Betty always had the biggest smile that was contagious when she walked into the room. Such a very kind, loving and special person. She had so much love for family, friends and especially the Lord in her heart. We will miss you Aunt Betty, until we see you again in heaven. Rest In Peace. With Continued prayers for Our Family. Love, Marvin, Nita & Mary

Carolyn Ward Falgout

August 6, 2020

Ms Betty was such a beautiful spiritual lady. She always had a smile for you. Great memories from The First Baptist Church in Golden Meadow, LA. My deepest condolences and prayers for her family.

Earlene Rentz-Turner

August 5, 2020

Glenda and Pat,
I am so very sorry about the loss of your mother, Glenda. You two were such incredible examples in caring for your loved one. Although this time of quarantine has been tough, I am thrilled that the world slowed down a bit so that you both could have quality interaction with both of your parents. Thinking of you and your family. Love, Earlene

Raymond & Carol LaGrange

August 5, 2020

We were new believers when Bro. Claude and Mrs. Betty came to our church in Rayne as Pastor. We loved the wonderful messages preached by Bro. Claude and the gentle and kind guidance from Mrs. Betty. She will always hold a very dear and special place in our hearts.

Gilda Hoychick

August 5, 2020

When Darryl, my husband, was called to serve on staff at First Baptist Church of Golden Meadow, I had the privilege to meet Bro. Claude Fontenot, Pastor, and his sweet wife Mrs. Betty. They welcomed us into their home and family.

We had no relatives living near us, so they loved us as their own, as did the church family. One day, after addressing Mrs. Betty, she said, "Gilda, please call me Betty." I explained how I could not do that out of respect for her. But she had the last word on the subject. In honor of her request, it was Betty from that time forward.

Little did I know at the time that God was using this precious, godly lady to "groom" me for the role of pastor's wife. Her standards were high and there was no pretense about her. I think that's what I admired most... she was real. Betty Fontenot: a beautiful life of grace, love, and devotion to her God, her husband, and her family. She is greatly missed, but rejoicing in her eternal home and rewards.

God bless you Bro. Claude and family. You hold a special place in my heart. Our prayers are with you. Love, Gilda

Stacy Guidry King

August 5, 2020

Your mother was such a sweet lady! She will be greatly missed! Love and prayers for you all.

Richard Hudson

August 5, 2020

My pastor family "down the bayou", 1stBC, Golden Meadow, from 8th grade through college, 60s-70s. Wonderful memories of youth trips and choir, socials, covered dish meals, New Years Eve Watch Night services, Cajun French radio programs and biblical preaching.

I remember being one of the youth getting called out for talking during a sermon. This resulted in sitting with my parents for the next few weeks.

Ms. Betty never missed an opportunity to serve! A faithful servant of our God, she is rejoicing with the angels and those who have gone before her.

Celebrating a Life Well Lived!

Lorra Lathrop Richard

August 5, 2020

Mrs. Fontenot was a precious lady..... growing up in FBC Golden Meadow, I was always welcomed to her home. Being the same age As Ellen. I had many Sunday meals and sleep overs. Always smiling and loving. May she rest in the precious arms of Jesus♥️

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