Leontine "Bootsie" Williams
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LAFAYETTE - Leontine "Bootsie" Williams completed her earthly life on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 around 6:30 am. She is with God, and others whom she loved.
Born at home in Bunkie, Louisiana on April 15, 1932, Leontine Marie Henderson entered this world weighing less than 4 pounds. With a dresser drawer for her crib, she was lovingly attended by her grandmother, Leontine Jeansonne Ducote ("Mama Tine"), and her parents, William and Irene ("Mama Renee") Ducote Henderson. She was later nicknamed "Bootsie". She grew up in Bunkie and Alexandria, where she graduated from Bolton High School in 1951. She then earned her certificate in Bookkeeping from Business College in Alexandria, where she worked for a local jeweler.
She married George Hoff in 1952, and they had four children. George had various jobs that moved them from Alexandria to San Antonio, Texas, Opelousas, back to Alexandria, and Baton Rouge, La., and finally Lafayette, where Bootsie lived until her death.
Several life events occurred that contributed to the strength and courage she showed while raising her children and working as a Bookkeeper for Dwight W. Andrus Insurance. Ahead of her time, she embraced technology and helped to install the first computer-driven bookkeeping system in the private sector in Lafayette.
In November of 1967 she married George Williams and they had a daughter. Tragically, he died in November 1968, a year and a week after their marriage. Now with five children, Bootsie was left to raise them on her own. During this time she worked for Barry Concrete Company as a Bookkeeper and then was employed by the Lafayette Parish School Board. She was a Library Aide and Clerical Aide at elementary schools, then the Bookkeeper at Comeaux High School until she retired. While at Comeaux, she helped to install and train others on the new Bookkeeping system for Lafayette Parish schools.
She provided a good home for her five children, raising them on an honest bookkeeper's salary. Blessed with the "gypsy gene", she filled their lives with fun and adventure. They camped, traveled and explored over 20 states. They climbed (low) mountains, swam in swamps, and marveled at the beauty of the desert. Bootsie could see - and taught others to see - the beauty in all of God's creations. Her favorite spot, one the family returned to often, was Valentine Lake near Alexandria. Her two favorite statements - "I wonder where this road goes?" and "Let's go see!" became favorites of her children, guaranteeing that an adventure was right around the corner.
She was a fighter - surviving childhood polio, and many life events. In 2001 she suffered a major stroke, but was able to live independently until 2012. At the time of her death she was a resident of Lady of the Oaks Retirement Center. The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to all of the staff who so lovingly cared for our mother.
Cherishing her memory are her five children; Renee H. Evans (Dr. A. Wayne Evans), Gigi H. Cormier, Cindy H. Doucet, Kurt Von Hoff (Isola Pierotti), and Katie W. Wood (Donovan Wood); her 11 grandchildren; Kirk Evans, Becky F. Scott, Ben Fuller (Rachel Paulette), Blake Evans, Tiffany C. Calais, Lucas Doucet (Julie Sutton), Micah Doucet, Ryan Corkern, Kane Hoff, Zachary Williams (Desi Ducharme) and Eric Wood; and her 16 great-grandchildren. She loved and was loved by her many relatives and friends, especially her partners in Girls Night Out: Karen, Paula, Susan, KT, and Sharon.
She was predeceased by her beloved grandmother "Mama Tine"; her parents; two brothers Geoff and Max "Butch" McColour; husband George Williams; step-father Arthur S. McColour; son-in-law Marc Doucet, Jr.; and several beloved pets.
A Celebration of her life, led by Reverend Ann Sutton, will be held at Northwood United Methodist Church, where she was a founding member, on Saturday, March 30, at 11:00 am. Visitation will be at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. A reception will follow in Granstaff Hall. Her body will be cremated and her ashes spread by her children in some of her favorite places.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, www.stjude.org, or Disabled American Veterans, www.DAV.org
View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com
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Lafayette, LA 70506
Published in the Daily World & The Advertiser from Mar. 28 to Mar. 30, 2013