November 6, 1896 - June 30, 1960
|On January 28, 1960, Avelie Gautreaux Thibodaux, wife of Rev. C. J. Thibodeaux, moved from her earthly house to “an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” In her wake linger lovely memories.
She exemplified in her life those sublime virtues, which characterize a true servant of God and man. A vital personal faith in a redemptive Lord of love motivated all of her life. A strong sense of loyalty to her Lord, her church, her fellowmen, and her family enabled her to meet the challenge of being a wife, a mother, and a homemaker as well as a co-’worker of her husband during those lean years of service in the French Mission area. Her courageous spirit manifested itself when, even in the face of failing health, she strove to fulfill the responsibilities of a homemaker and pastor’s wife. Her gracious manner and her ability as a cook made her a hostess par excellence. The beauty of her spirit was reflected in her love of flowers. She not only loved flowers but she also successfully grew them. She truly had a green thumb. She often said “if I can prevent it no place of worship in which my husband conducts a service will be without the adornment of flowers.” This service of love was characteristic of her life.
True heart and wise, that with Love’s Key
Didst open all life’s mystery.
And buy life’s treasure at a price
Of Love’s perpetual sacrifice~
The peace~ that Love finds hid in care;
The strength that love-bourne burdens bear;
Serenely facing life and death!
The blessing that in blessing lies— These didst thou know, true heart and wise!
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 195-196, 1960 by R. E. Walton.|