Thibodeaux, Avelie Gautreaux


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!
Now God hath added, last and best,
The sudden glad surprise of rest.
Rossitter W. Raymond
Mrs. Thihodeaux was born November 9, 1896 in Lafourche Parish near Labadieville, Louisiana. She attended school at Labadieville Catholic Convent but before finishing high school it was necessary for her to assume the responsibility of the homemaker for her father and her sisters and brothers. Her mother had died when Mrs. Thibodeaux was only ten years of age.
On December 16, 1912 she was married to C. J. Thibodeaux. Two girls and three boys were born to this union of whom three are surviving, namely: Harry, of St. Martinville; C. J., Jr. of Los Angeles, and Mrs. J. V. Payfers (Fern) of Indian Head, Maryland.
In 1919 Mrs. Thibodeaux, with her husband, C. J. Thibodeaux, united with The Methodist Church as converts from the Roman Catholic Church. Three years later in July C. J. Thibodeaux was licensed as a Local Preacher and at the following Annual Conference in the Fall was appointed a Supply to a French Mission church. The greater part of their ministry was spent in the French Mission Area. Mrs. Thibodeaux on several occasions filled the pulpit effectively when Brother Thibodeaux was ill.
On January 30, 1960 funeral services for Mrs. Thlbodeaux were conducted in the Thibodeaux Methodist Church by the Rev. H. R. Branton, assisted by the Rev. E. W. Day and the Rev. R. E. Walton. Her body was laid to rest in the Episcopal Cemetery of Thibodeaux, Louisiana.

Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 195-196, 1960 by R. E. Walton.

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