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Cecile Louise Bourgeois Berard, 93, Bridge City

Cecile Louise Bourgeois Berard, 93, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on December 26, 2023, in Beaumont, Texas. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be Deacon Payne. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange, Texas. 

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a rosary to be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.

Cecile was born on October 2, 1930, in Port Arthur, Texas, to Edwin and Agnes Broussard Bourgeois.  Early hobbies included sewing. Later in life she enjoyed researching the genealogy of her family history through church archives in Louisiana. She also made the best “Dam-B” dinner, fried chicken and roast that everyone declared the best ever. She loved her family immensely and was an incredible daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She loved being a mother and raising her children. She was always a living example of love, nurturing and patience; and will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband or 73 years, Ray Berard, infant daughter Judy Marie Berard, her son Don Berard, her parents, her sister Lois Judice and husband A.J., her brother Eddie Bourgeois and wife Gloria, her sister-in-law Connie Bourgeois, her father and mother-in-law Milton and Edith Comeaux Berard, and her brother-in law Walton Berard and wife Patsy.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children Gary Berard and wife Sylvia of Orangefield, Texas, Laura Blacksher and husband David of Santa Fe, Texas, and Brian Berard and wife Kelly of Highland Village, Texas; her grandchildren, Jarred LaComb and wife Chrissy, Christina Greenway and husband Sam, Melissa Whitford and husband Guy, Derek Blacksher and wife Lindsay, Alyssa Berard and Matthew Berard, her brothers Kenneth Bourgeois and wife Frances, Gene Bourgeois and Richard Bourgeois and his wife Debbie; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; along with numerous other loving friends and family.

Serving as pallbearers are Jarred LaComb, Derek Blacksher, Matthew Berard, Sam Greenway, Branden Greenway, and David Blacksher.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Rosefield Court Assisted Living Center and Compassion Care Hospice, especially Diana, Gwen and Elaine.


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