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Dorothy Ann Guilhas, 85, Bridge City

Dorothy Ann Guilhas, 85, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on January 10, 2024, peacefully at home surrounded by her family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 15, 2024, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Father Ernie Carpio. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, January 14, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Leonville, Louisiana, on February 10, 1938, she was the daughter of Alcide Richard, Sr. and Lucy (Arnaud) Richard. Dorothy was a longtime member of St. Henry Catholic Church and was known for her dedication to her faith and active involvement in the church community. Dorothy was also an avid bowler in her younger days as well as a premier cake decorator in Orange County. Dorothy lived a life filled with love and compassion for others. She held her family and friends dear to her heart and always found joy when they came to visit. Dorothy's warm and caring nature made her a pillar of support for those around her. In her spare time, Dorothy pursued various hobbies that brought her immense happiness. She had a passion for sewing and would lovingly create clothes for her children when they were little. Cooking was another love of hers, particularly when it came to preparing gumbo—a dish she delighted in sharing with loved ones, whether it was one person or one hundred. Additionally, Dorothy enjoyed challenging herself with crossword puzzles, finding relaxation. One of Dorothy's proudest accomplishments was canning up to 500 quarts of vegetables from her personal garden every year. Her green thumb allowed her to cultivate an abundant harvest that she graciously shared with others. This act of kindness reflected Dorothy's generous nature and touched the lives of many who were fortunate enough to receive the fruits of her labor. Her unwavering love for her family and friends will serve as a guiding light for years to come and she will be deeply missed. She is preceded in death by her parents, Alcide and Lucy Richard; loving husband of 68 years, Charles Ray “Charlie” Guilhas; brothers, Floyd Richard and Lloyd Richard; and sister, Gladys Robin. She is survived by his daughters, Arlene Granger and husband, Dennis, Deborah Harris, Terry Smith, and Lori LaRose and husband, Gary; son Chuck Guilhas and wife, Stephanie; grandchildren, Dennis Granger II, Heather Frederick, Brent Granger, Jeremy Korns, Justin Smith, Corey Smith, Zachary Smith, Charles Guilhas III, Danielle Guilhas, Kyle LaRose, Keith LaRose, and Kayla Taylor; 28 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; brother-in-law, Edward Guilhas and wife, Blanche; brothers, Leroy Richard, Clarence Richard, Howard Richard, and Alcide Richard, Jr. and wife Rita; sister-in-law, Betty Richard; numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family and friends. Serving as pallbearers will be Dennis Granger II, Zachary Smith, Kyle LaRose, Brent Granger, Corey Smith, and Keith LaRose. Honorary pallbearers are Jeremy Korns, Charles Guilhas III, Justin Smith, Na’Shaun Taylor, Ricardo Garcia, and Luke Frederick. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Debbie and Michael Wilbur for all their care and compassion with both Charlie and Dorothy. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to American Liver Foundation or American Diabetes Foundation.


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