Betty Jane Marie Hebert Olivier passed away peacefully on October 8, 2021 at the age of 89. Betty was born to Alex and Verna Dupre Hebert on June 26, 1932. She was a lifelong resident and involved citizen of Terrebonne Parish.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation and Mass celebration at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Houma on Monday, October 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. until Eulogy at 11:00 a.m. The Mass will begin at 11:30 a.m. with burial following at St. Francis De Sales Cemetery No. 2.
Betty is survived by her son, Edward Jude Olivier and wife, Dana Babin Olivier, daughters Karen Schilling, Lori Olivier, Catherine Guidry, and Lisa Butcher and husband, Bryan Butcher; grandchildren Matthew Talbot and his wife, Kalie, Sarah Thacker and her husband, Keith, Edward Schilling, David Guidry, Alexis Guidry, Andre Olivier, Beth Olivier, Jacob Olivier and Tia Johnson and husband, Eric. Betty has 4 precious great grandchildren, Olivia, Boston, Ayden and Owen and her recent reluctant adoption of Shadow, her grand dog and protector.
Betty is preceded in death by her true love, Edward John Olivier who died in 1967, parents Verna and Alex Hebert, brothers Frank Hebert and Alex Hebert Jr., and sons in law, Dean Talbot, Larry Schilling and Dana Guidry.
Betty was a very proud graduate of Terrebonne High School in 1950. She bypassed an opportunity for continued education to work in the legal field with then District Attorney Leonard Greenburg and later in banking at the Bank of Terrebonne. Upon marriage to Ed and starting a family, Betty devoted the next 20 years to home life and parenting 5 active children through school, sports and band activities. Betty did much of the parenting as a single parent when Edward died very prematurely at the age of 37. She was a very talented seamstress who fashioned all of her daughters’ clothing and then later did seamstress work from home, making everything from casual wear, to majorette and color guard uniforms to wedding apparel. She re-entered the workforce when her children were grown and resumed a career in banking at the First National Bank of Houma. Upon retirement, Betty enjoyed volunteering at Southdown Museum, becoming involved in the Court Cardinal Gibbens Catholic Daughters at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, serving as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at St. Francis and volunteering for many other social and service opportunities at St. Francis. Betty had an amazing group of friends from THS and enjoyed their monthly luncheons, treasured the many friends from her involvement at St. Francis and various special events. Betty worked for a few years at Dillards Department Store and while earning spending money in her retirement years, she made friends who remained so happy to see her beyond her retirement up until her recent last trip.
Betty suffered from a stroke in 2018 which robbed her of an ability to communicate with clearly spoken words. Her family is so appreciative of the kindness and patience shown by many who continued to reach out to her and keep the friendships going. Throughout all of the struggles related to the stroke, one phrase always came out very clearly—“I love you”. Communication issues presented many interesting situations with her family—some were very frustrating but many were funny and contributed to the many memories and laughs that are cherished. Since the morning of the stroke, Betty has looked forward to being reunited with Ed. Even through the sadness of her death, her family is happy that they are reunited.
Her entire family is so grateful for the excellent care and friendship given to her by Dr. Russell Henry throughout the good and bad times of her health journey. In this last leg of her journey, Heart of Hospice provided such good care. The family is indebted to Jody Saia, Jaelyn Rodrigue and Nikki Clement for their compassionate care.
Chauvin Funeral Home and Crematory are honored to serve the family of Betty Jane Olivier.