Evelyn Bernice Smith

November 20, 1928 ~ April 28, 2022

The doors of Heaven have opened welcoming its newest member.   Evelyn Bernice Smith, 93, passed away peacefully April 28, 2022, at 4:05 PM surrounded by her family at her side.

Born November 20, 1928, in Toomey, La., Bernice was welcomed by her parents Arthur E Broussard Sr and Amelia Olivia Moss Broussard.   She was a "cowgirl" by heart, instilled by her dad and brothers but also a "loving, caring and fun spirit by her Mom.

Bernice attended elementary, junior high and high school in Vinton, La.  Upon graduation, she continued her studies at Sowela Tech earning her degree in Business Administration.  Immediately following, she began working at the Lake Charles Welfare office meeting lifelong friends Betty Faye Royer and Verline Hair.  Through these friends, she met the love of her life, John B. Smith.  Married August 5, 1950, they later settled in Sulphur raising their three children.

Bernice followed her business degree working in public education, first as assistant librarian at W.W. Lewis Jr. High and secretary at Vincent Settlement, W.T Henning and Sulphur High before her retirement. 

Life after brought her travels with her husband enjoying the open roads in their RV.   She was also enriched with her faith in God, teaching Catholic Catechism and offering Eucharistic ministry to the elderly.   Her strong belief gave her solace and peace with her daily prayers and rosary.  

After the death of her husband, she found joy moving to Stonebridge Assisted Living.  Here she found an abundance of new and dear friends, enjoying bingo, dominos and her ultimate passion, reading books often completing them within a day.

Bernice is survived by her daughter,  Rachel Wilburn (Mark) of Sulphur, La; son Steven Smith (George Steven Moncrief) of Palm Desert, CA and son-in-law Buddy Merritt of Heflin, La.;  2 grandchildren Katie Wilburn Cart (Jason) of Houston, TX and Courtney Wilburn Marse (RJ) of New Orleans,  La.; 5 great grandchildren Harrison Cart, Brennan Cart, Madeline Cart, Lillian Marse and James Marse; and brother Arthur E Broussard, Jr. (Fran) of North Chesterfield, VA.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents Arthur E and Amelia Olivia Broussard; husband John B. Smith; daughter Jacqueline Merritt; infant son Richard Smith (Rachel's twin brother) and 3 brothers Royce "Chubby", Charles "Coy" and Donald Ray "Donny" Broussard.

Funeral services are under the direction of Johnson and Robison Funeral Home in Sulphur.  Visitation will be Friday, May 6, 2022, 5-8 PM with rosary at 6 PM. Visitation will resume on Saturday morning from 8:30 AM until time to leave for the church at 10:30 AM. A Mass of Christian burial, led by Father Timothy Goodly, will be Saturday, May 7, 2022, 11am at Immaculate Conception Church in Maplewood.  Burial will follow at Mimosa Pines Cemetery in Carlyss.

The family would like to thank Dr. Turner, Anna Landry-NP and their staff as well Dr. Lodhi and Dr Rebecca Braud for their many years of dedication and care. 

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  1. Bernice and I worked together in Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church CCD program in Sulphur. She was such a kind and giving person. May her soul Rest In Peace. 

  2. I have fond memories of chatting with Bernice.  She was always kind to me and was always smiling. Rest In Peace Bernice.

  3. She always had a snile and gave me a hug! Loved to laugh and tell old memories. She was truly a blessing and will be missed!

  4. I worked at Cal-Cam when Ms. Bernice was a pink lady. I ate my dinner with her and Mr. Smith almost every afternoon. I can't remember at this time why, but I called them Dolly and Porter. Lol
    I enjoyed hearing their stories and just visiting with them in general. I have missed and thought of them often throughout the years.

  5. My mother (Bertha Mae Waite) was the cafeteria manager at Vincent Settlement School in Carlyss where Mrs. Smith worked in the office. The became close friends as Mrs. Smith would go visit her in the cafeteria whenever possible. After school some days, Mrs. Smith would go to mom's to drink coffee as mom lived about 1/2 mile from the scholl. I sometimes was lucky enough to drop in while Mrs. Smith was there and would get to visit with both of them. She always had a smile and often laughed about whatever they were talking about. I know mom will be glad to see Mrs. Smith in Heaven and once again they can enjoy coffee and each other's company. She was one of the rare persons in mom's day, always welcome to visit and make my mom's day so much better. Mrs. Smith will be missed so much by so many people. I thank her for the joy she gave my mom.

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