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Vivian Foret Billiot, 1916-2016 — 26 Comments

  1. So sorry for your loss sounds like a very very special lady. A fine tribute to her you have written.

  2. What a wonderful blessing she was to so many. Just reading about her makes me feel like I knew her. I guess because she reminds me of my mom and my husbands grandmother. I am so sorry she will not be with you in person but, you have some wonderful memories and lessons she gave you and I would bet she would say those would be what is needed to enjoy life.

  3. So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the really special tribute to your mother-in-law and her “legacy of life.” The Lord truly blessed her with long life. Her memories will be with you daily and continue to bless your life as you say it already has.

  4. Thank you for the wonderful memories of “Cousine Viv Vian”. Having been raised in her neighborhood, I myself have been in her house many times to share some of her food With The Captain being one ofmy bestfriends, classmate and best man at our wedding.I thought of her often remembering how we use to visit everyone in the neighborhood back then/ May she rest in peace. John Norman Gregoire

    • Ah, then, Native Son, you know that of which I write first-hand! Thank you so much for leaving a comment. I will be sure to share it with The Captain. Although very sad, he held up amazingly well through all the planning and the funeral. He will be touched by your words, no doubt.

  5. I read your wonderful, original post back in 2013. I read this one through smiles, tears and a thankful heart.
    I only met Mrs. Vivian once, at Dotter and Music Man’s wedding, and grateful that I had that opportunity. Her life reminds me of Papa’s mother so much. What a wonderful legacy she leaves to her family and friends. Bless her heart. Heaven is going to have the best eats ever. She will live on for eternity.

    You know my thoughts, prayers and love are there with Russell, you, and the kids.

  6. I remember this post so well. As a matter of fact, in a roundabout way, Mrs.Vivian taught me how to cook a decent white bean — thanks to you. It’s always so hard to lose those pillars of our family and our communities, but she contributed as much as anyone on earth. She clearly was a good woman, and that is what made her special. Well, that and her cooking. 🙂

    The changes come, and we go on. Blessings to you as you and your family adjust to this huge change. xoxo

    • Ah, those good white beans!!! I can’t even think of a white bean without thinking of her . . . before hers, I had never even eaten them. On a shoestring budget, white beans go a long way toward feeding a big family and filling all those tummies! Over the past nearly 40 years, I’ve yet to eat a bowl of white beans that were as good as Mrs. Vivians! And to think, her cooking legacy continues over there in southeast Texas!

  7. So sorry to read of your loss. She sounds like a remarkable woman. When you wrote that she never said goodbye on the phone, she just hung up, it reminded me of my late dad who was raised in SE Texas near the Louisiana line. He never said goodbye either– just hung up.

    My thought and prayers go out to your and your family.

    • My kids reminded me that I started doing that to them. At first, they thought I was put out with them when I’d hang up without saying bye. But now, it just seems natural! Thanks so much for your sentiments, Deb.

  8. Wendy…what a beautiful legacy Mrs. Vivian left. The stories of her 100 beautiful years are a treasure to read! My heartfelt sympathies! Love Polly

  9. Wendy, I’m so very sorry for your families loss of this treasured lady. What a blessing to have had her for as long as y’all did. I loved reading about her. It is a beautiful tribute.

  10. Wendy,
    I have been out of town, and although Bobby told me of Mrs. Vivian’s passing, I am only just now home and able to read your lovely tribute to her. Thanks you so much for sharing this lovely woman with us. Our love and prayers for you and Russell and your children…that your memories will comfort you when you feel the lack of her presence with you. Much love to you all…

    Helen and Bobby

  11. My dear sweet sister, I am so sorry for your loss. A tribute like that is a testament to her life, I feel as if I too, have sat at her table and shared a bite just from reading it. Hugs!

  12. Goodbye, Aunt Vivian, I wish I could have visited with you one time, since my Grandma Rose died…but life deals us different life issues, still you will be greatly missed…for those of who don’t remember me, Aunt Vivian and my grandfather Louis “Hi” Foret were siblings.. I am Margaret’s “Faye” daughter….Sue

    • Hi Sue, and thank you for writing. I never got to meet Nonc Hi, as he was known down here. Vivian was a great, strong woman, and you’re right – she will be missed. I told Russell you wrote, and thanks again.

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