Elizabeth Bridget Billiot Matherne “Maw Bea”, 95, Matriarch and the last full blooded American Indian in her clan, descendant of The Bayou Lafourche Band of The Biloxi-Chitimacha Indians, and a resident of Morgan City, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family, Thursday, June 23, 2022.
Elizabeth was born November 19, 1926, the daughter of Elphege Billiot and Emelia Dardar.
Bea had the biggest heart and never judged anyone. She always had a meal cooked and
made sure everyone had enough to eat. You could always find her working in her garden; except on Sundays when she would be at church.
Elizabeth will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her sister Odelia Billiot; children, Joyce Matherne Kaczmarek and husband James “Jim,” Andy Matherne Lee, Vincent Matherne and wife Pauline. Her grandchildren Jeffrey and wife Courtney; Donna and husband Chris; Debbie and husband Kenny; Jenny and husband Brad; Corey and fiancé Erica; Star and husband Wade; Donny and wife Tammy; Ted and wife Monica;Toby and wife Heather; ; Jeannie; Paula; and Chris. She will also be survived by twenty-one great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren; numerous loving nieces, nephews and many friends.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Gillis A. Matherne, Sr.; children, Tex Matherne, Velma Matherne Graham, Gillis Matherne, Jr.; parents, Elphege Billiot and Emelia Dardar Billiot; brothers, Orlean Billiot, Frank Billiot; and son in-law Harold Lee.
Visitation will be on Monday the 27th day of June 2022 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Twin City Funeral Home in Morgan City, LA. Visitation will resume on Tuesday the 28th day of June 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Morgan City at 9:00 am with a recitation of the Holy Rosary beginning at 10:00 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am followed by burial in St. Andrew’s Cemetery in Amelia, LA.