Grace B. Savoie

March 14, 1919 ~ December 27, 2015

   Grace B. Savoie, 96, a Sulphur resident for over 70 years, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, December 27, 2015 surrounded by her family. Grace, a retired teacher, taught in Cameron and Calcasieu Parish Public Schools and Our Lady’s School in Sulphur.  She took great pride that many of her descendants were educators like her. She and her late husband, Garfield owned and operated Savoie Frozen Foods in Sulphur for over 30 years.

   She served the community in many ways and was known to many as “Amazing Grace”.  She was a member of the Civic Club for the Senior Citizen Center of Sulphur; the Board of Directors of the Brimstone Museum; Board of Directors for Calcasieu Council On Aging; member of The Serra Club; the Church Choir; the Catholic Daughters of America and served as State Regent for 6 years; Altar Society; Young At Heart; Lay Honoree Organization of the Diocese of Lake Charles and had served as President. Grace served on the Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church Decorating Committee for many years; member of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lake Charles, LA; Coordinator For Follow Me Program; served as a Sacristan; past Eucharistic Minister and Lector at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church; participated in Generations of Faith at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church; she visited the sick, homebound, and nursing home residents;  instructor for RCIA; past chairperson of The Evangelization Ministry in working with the Fallen-Away Catholics and Unchurched;  she was the Founder and Coordinator for An Ecumenical Prayer Service with several churches for over 30 years; she coordinated “Meals On Wheels and Food Drive for the elderly in the Sulphur area; tutor for students taking LEAP tests; volunteered for the Sulphur Senior Center; past president of The Companions of Honor; served as President of AARP Chapter # 1983 in Sulphur and was area Coordinator for AARP in the Health Advocacy Program. Grace was a proud graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Class of 1939) and was a member of University of Louisiana at Lafayette Red Jackets; Delta Kappa Gamma; and Calcasieu Home Economics Teacher’s Association and Calcasieu Vocational Teacher’s Association.

    She was recognized by the Holy Father for her work for God and Country and received a Papal Medal- “Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice”. Grace received a 2000 Diocesan Distinguished Service Award for Acts of Charity and Evangelization presented by the Catholic Diocese of Lake Charles; she received the Maple Leaf Award for 1998 presented by The Roman Catholic Church for continuous work in retirement years; she was recognized by the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus as Outstanding Citizen for her work for Church and Country; she was 2004 Mardi Gras Queen for Calcasieu Council On Aging; 2001 Cal Cam Fair Parade Marshall; 1999 Louisiana Ageless Heroes Award for community involvement; Volunteer of the Year presented by the Sulphur Mayor’s Commission for the Needs of the Handicapped; Family Humanitarian Award for supporting family life and building a stronger community; Walk of Fame Honoree for the Brimstone Historical Society to Honor Sulphur Citizens; the Kiwanis Christmas Parade Marshall for the City of Sulphur; Community Hero presented by United Way of Southwest LA; Citizen of the Year presented by Southwest LA Chamber of Commerce and she served in Washington, D.C. as a Silver Haired Legislator from Louisiana Congressional District VII.

Grace and her husband, Garfield had 7 children, Ron Savoie and wife Terry of Guthrie, Oklahoma, Celeste Landry and husband Steve of Carlyss, Judge Kent Savoie and wife Pat of Carlyss, Annette Maneille and husband Michael of Lake Charles, Dr. Joe Savoie and wife Gail of  Lafayette, John Savoie and wife Melanie of Carlyss, and Pete Savoie and wife Judy of Choupique. She was also proud of her 25 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren most of whom are local residents. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Garfield Savoie; her grandchild, Kathy Landry Thibodeaux; her great grandchild, Elie Istre; her parents, Louis and Virginia Boudreaux; 3 sisters, and brother.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Sulphur by Father Edward Richard, M.S. The Bishop Glen John Provost of Lake Charles will officiate the final commendation. Burial will be in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson and Robison Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 from 4-8 P.M. with a rosary at 6:30 Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church Hall in Sulphur. Visitation will continue on Thursday at 8 A.M. in the church hall until time of the service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Our Lady’s School in Sulphur. The family would like to acknowledge her loving caregivers Dina Areno, Rhonda Wright, and Heart of Hospice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

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  1. My thoughts of comfort and sympathy are with all of you at this time of great loss. I graduated with T Joe, and Kent helped my parents with their wills. (KW Wales) I know the pain of loss of parents. I will pray for for all of you at this time. Jennifer Wales Vess SHS 1972

  2. To the Savoie Family: You all are in my thoughts and prayers…..peace be with you all! Heaven gained another Angel and Earth lost another! Hoping to make visitation, Just got out of a 12 day hospital stay and surgery. So forgive me if Im not there, but will be in spirit and heart! Martin Moore

  3. Heaven gained a new angel! Your mother was a true example of what being a Christian really means! She really was Amazing Grace! Love and prayers for the family!

  4. Judge Savoie (Kent), Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was full of energy and you could you loved people by her tireless involvement in the community. Roy Miles

  5. Ms. Savoie was 1 of Gods earth Angels. She taught me to cook and sew in 8th grade home ec. I also was fortunate enough to grow up across the street from her. She was an incredible lady in every aspect. My Prayers are with her Family. God Bless.

  6. Heartfelt sympathy to the Savoie family. Grace was one of the dearest people I ever knew. Her beautiful smile and kindness will be forever in my memory.

  7. Offering our sincere sympathy for the Savoie family!! You are in our hearts and prayers&128591;&128591;. What a legacy and an HONORABLE MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, SISTER, LOVING, CHRISTIAN LADY&128149;&128149;&128149;&128149;&128149;

  8. Such a sweet lady and a pillar of the Sulphur Community. "Amazing Grace" was perfect for her. Strength and peace to all of her family during this time.

  9. God has truly taken home an angel. Mrs. Savoie was my teacher at Our Ladys and I have to say one of my best ones. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  10. Mrs. Savoie always was special to mea real inspiration. She was a great teacher, and she always encouraged me to write. Im still writing, and I think of her often when I do. Deepest sympathy to T-Joe and all her family. Though Im in Nashville, Ill be with yall in spirit Thursday.

  11. Mrs. Savoie was my civics teacher at Our Ladys School and she positively awakened the critical thinker in me. I will never forget her and Ive always been thankful that she was my teacher. RIP.

  12. Rest in peace Amazing Grace! Sorry I am not able to pay my respects. My deepest sympathy goes out to Mike and Anette Maneille and the rest of the family. Rethna Morvant

  13. Ms. Grace was such an inspiration to me. She taught me so much about CDA. She encouraged me to run for state board. I did because of her encouragent. She will be missed.

  14. I will so miss that lovely, sweet lady. I was Spar receptionist for 16 years and best knew Ms Grace for her booking of senior events there. May God bless her and the Savoie family.

  15. Sincere sympathy to the Savoie family. I have fond memories of Grace over the years we lived in Carlyss working with Catholic Daughters and other Catholic groups associated with Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church. She also taught our daughter. Most of all, I remember her kind and loving heart. She was always full of energy in everything she would undertake. Although we moved away almost .25 years ago, Im sure she continued to serve God and country until no longer possible. No doubt the family has many wonderful memories that will console them in their grief. Grace will be missed! RIP

  16. Dear T-Joe and Family, You have been so blessed to have had her as part of your lives for all these years. God is good. Her influence has and will have an impact on you and so many others for years to come. God Bless You and Your Family and may she rest in peace with the Lord.

  17. I wanted to convey my condolences with the loss of Aunt Grace. May she rest in peace. My prayers are with all in the family.

  18. Grace Savoie has been in my life since I was a child and would spind nights with Annett. Im also fortunate to have had her as a teacher. She was a mentor to me in so many ways. She was an inspiration to me and I loved her. I am so sorry for everyones lose of this beautiful Godly woman.

  19. Dearest friends and family What a wonderful legacy and love that Grace has left our community. She was so spirited and joyful in all she did. My life has been blessed because of her!!! LOVE PAM AND PATRICK

  20. On behalf of Van Champagne, myself and the entire Lemoine Company, we send our deepest condolences to you and your family. 96 years old, what a blessing! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. All the best, Lenny Lemoine

  21. Love Me Some Ms. Grace…Our deepest sympathy to all. I know she was greeted by many beautiful friends at the "Gates to Heaven". Many wonderful memories of a very special woman and mentor to all she met. May God Bless. Rita Gremillion Family

  22. Though Mrs. Savoie was no "Gammy" of mine, I, too, was inspired by her sweet smile & radical kindness every time I "graced" the state of Louisiana by travel! Id pray for her, but shes 99.5% probably in Heaven! I guess Ill just pray for the grace to be like Grace! Cousin of cousin(s) who are her grandchildren!

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