Estelle Catherine "Totty" Andrepont

Estelle Totty Andrepont Catherine Andrepont passed away at the Rose House in Pt. Arthur on February 14, 2014 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She followed her husband of 64 years, Willie, to heaven just seven weeks after his death, also from Alzheimer's. Totty was born in Pt. Arthur in 1926. She graduated from St Marys High School in 1944. Totty was working at Merchant's bank after WWII when she met her future husband, Willie. They married in 1949 and started their family. Willie was soon called back to the service during the Korean Conflict. Totty and their first child moved to California to be near him. During the next two years as Willie traveled back and forth overseas, Totty, like many military wives, gave birth to two more children without her husband by her side. She and her small children moved to California and back to Pt. Arthur twice to be near Willie. After the war, they moved to Pt Arthur so that Willie could attend college. Totty happily followed him, adding two more children to their family. Totty once again supported and encouraged her sweetheart as they moved to Houston so that he could attend dental school. They were blessed with three more children during this time. While Willie was attending school and working, Totty was proudly and lovingly raising their eight children (all under the age of 11). In 1961 Totty once again followed her husband back to Pt Arthur as he opened his dental practice. She devoted her life to caring for her children as Willie worked. She cooked, cleaned, ironed, packed lunches, rocked babies, dried tears and a thousand other things for her eight children. She was an amazing woman who could do anything she wanted to! She loved all music, was a seamstress, artist, musician, loved to sing and loved being by the water. Totty did NOT like to cook but owned every kitchen gadget and cookbook available! Totty's door was always open to anyone. Totty was a devout Catholic who faithfully attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Groves. She raised her children in the church and in Catholic schools. She brought up her children saying the family rosary kneeling around their bed. She leaned on her faith throughout her life and was an example to her family. Tottys husband, Willie, was the USMC pilot who served in 2 wars and a dentist but she was the wind beneath his wings, staying home to care for their children, always standing in his shadow, holding him up. She will be missed. Go to heaven Momma you've earned it and Daddy is waiting for you along with Buddy and Ricky. She is preceded in death by her parents, Zula and Mentor Beaugh; her sisters, Genevieve Smith, Lucille Roberts Janes, Jeanette Borel and two of her sons, John W. Buddy Andrepont, Jr. and Ricky Andrepont. She is survived by her daughters, Kay Hebert and husband Kirk of Brentwood, Tennessee, Joanie Romero of Port Arthur, Carol Andrepont of Katy, Phyllis Guidry and husband Jerry of Port Neches and Colleen Andrepont of Groves, her son, Joe Andrepont and wife Angela of Dallas, grandchildren, Lance Hebert (Deann), Andrea Branoff (Andrew), Dr. Ross Romero, Matt Romero, Jeff Romero, Clint Falgout (Aimee), Laura Montondon (Mickey), Brent Guidry, Michael Andrepont (Suzanne), Christopher Andrepont (Nikki) and Brad Andrepont along with 7 great grandchildren, Adeline and Amelia Hebert, Anthony and Michael Branoff, Benjamin Falgout, Drake and Ford Andrepont. She is also survived by her brother Charles Beaugh (Bobbie) and sister Jo Ann Webre (Jerome). Totty's pallbearers will be her nine grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Kirk Hebert, Jerry Guidry, Andrew Branoff and Mickey Montondon. Visitation will be on Monday, February 17, 2014 from 5:00PM to 8:00 PM with a rosary to be prayed at 7:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Groves with Rev. David Edwards serving as celebrant. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family would like to thank The Rose House, River City Hospice and We Care Providers for their compassion and care.

Published in the The Beaumont Enterprise on Feb. 17, 2014