Laura Benoit Bahnsen, 102, passed away Friday, August 6, 2010 in her home.
A native of Welsh, she had resided in Vinton since the age of 16. She was a faithful member of St Joseph Catholic Church and worked with her family taking care of Bahnsen Dairy over the years.
She is survived by her children, Kenneth A. Bahnsen and wife Gwyenda of Denton, TX, Eugene "Gene" F. Bahnsen and wife Jan of Wharton, TX and Thomas "Tommy" Ray Bahnsen of Vinton; grandchildren, Toni B. Candia and husband Bob of Warwick, New York, Kenny Bahnsen and wife Elizabeth of Houston, Bonnie Jo Bahnsen of Lake Charles, David E. "Bo" Bahnsen and wife Karen of Baton Rouge, Nancy L. Bernstein and husband Bart of Richmond, TX, William A. "Billy" Bahnsen and wife Rachel of Wharton, TX; great grandchildren Laura, Heather, Brayden, Robert, Michael and wife Jenni, Darren, Devin, Blaine, Brock, Paige and Pryce; great great grandchildren Hunter Michael and Harleigh Grace; siblings Arsene Benoit of Ellisville, MS, Alene Fontenot of Lake Charles and Louise McCall of Vinton.
She was preceded in death by her husband Antone Bahnsen and 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am, Monday, August 9, 2010 in St Joseph Catholic Church under direction of Hixson Funeral Home. Father Susil Fernando will officiate. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4 until 9 pm with a 6:30 pm rosary in the funeral home and from 9 am until the start of the Masson Monday in the church. Burial will be in Big Woods Cemetery.
Her pallbearers will be her grandsons and great grandsons.
The family wishes to thank Carolyn Doucette for her kindness and devoted care to Laura over the years and to the staff of Odyssey Hospice for their recent care.