Mary Alice Boutte

Published 3:54 pm Thursday, August 19, 2021

Mary Alice Boutte was born on June 19, 1931, in Opelousas, La.  She was called to eternal rest on Aug. 11, 2021.  Mary was baptized as an infant into the Catholic Church and was a devout Catholic her entire life.   She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles, La. for over 35 years. She was a member of Ladies of Auxiliary, member of the Altar Society, leader of the Women Prayer Group in her home, a coordinator of baked goods for the Fall Church Bazaar, and a participant in the Annual Women Conference.   She enjoyed providing meals for the Priests and staff at St. Henry.  Mary was also a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Houston, Texas where she lived for the past 13 years of her life.  Mary served as an Auxiliary Member of the Legion of Mary at St. Andrews.

There are so many virtues that could be used to describe Mary.  The most obvious ones would be giver, kindhearted, compassionate, and loving.  Her nickname was Sweetie because she was so kind to everyone that God put in her path. She was a Prayer Warrior that enjoyed praying daily for all her family, friends, and anyone she met that needed prayers. Her favorite phrase was to remind everyone to “Pray more and worry less!”  She was a virtuous woman who worked hard, gave generously, and showed love and care to everyone.

Mary’s life was a living example of the Christian journey.   She fed those who were hungry, she clothed those who needed to be clothed, and she provided shelter for those in need.  Her various jobs included working alongside her husband in their mom-and-pop store- Boutte’s Meat Market, cooking in several restaurants, working in the deli at Kroger, being a sitter for the elderly, and catering for schools and private events.  Her hobbies included gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, and shopping.

Mary leaves to cherish her memory, eight children, Joseph Pete Boutte (Colleen) of Houston, Texas, Patrick Jerome Boutte of Fontana, Calif., Dr. James Noble Boutte (Lisa) of Memphis, Tenn., Marcus Wayne Boutte (Denise) of Lake Charles, La., Cynthia Boutte of Houston, Texas, Brian Matthew Boutte (Jennifer) of Smyrna, Ga., and Cathy Boutte Cole (Charles) of Houston, Texas, Pamela Boutte of Houston, Texas. (missing), 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Joseph R.D. Boutte, 2 sons Timothy Barry Boutte and Dr. John Milton Boutte; parents, Thomas Chavis Sr. and Josephine Charlot Chavis; sisters, Alexandria Lavergne, Viola Ware, Onetha Chavis, Aline Legar, and Mary Olivia Chavis; brothers, Calvin Chavis, Thomas Chavis, and Albert Chavis.

Visitation will be held at Hixson Funeral Home from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. Rosary will begin at 11 a.m. at Hixson Funeral Home.   

Funeral service will be held at St. Henry Catholic Church at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. The funeral service can be lived streamed on Facebook on the St. Henry Catholic Church Facebook website. (

*Mask are required for Visitation and Funeral*

Burial will take place at Parkview Cemetery in Jennings, La.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to St. Vincent de Paul.