“Absent from the body, present with the Lord” 2 Corinthians 5:8
Opelousas-Funeral service will be held for Lilly Mae Gautreaux Bihm on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Hope Presbyterian Church, Opelousas. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., followed by a celebration of Life service at 3:00 p.m. Reverend Dean Rydbeck will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Bellevue Memorial Park.
Lilly went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 8, 2018. She was surrounded by her family at her residence in Opelousas. She was a faithful member of Hope Presbyterian Church, actively serving by regularly making their communion bread. She was known for being faithful and supportive through prayer. All who knew her, spoke of her kind and gentle spirit.
Lilly shared forty-three years of marriage with her loving husband, Newton Bihm. Both she and her husband were excellent Cajun cooks, frequently sharing festive meals with family and friends. She was an avid gardener, nurturing her flower beds of lilies and irises, of which she loved to share with others. She learned to sew at an early age and became a skilled seamstress, later using this gift to create items of endearment for her family. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren lovingly referred to her as “MeMe”.
Lilly is survived by one daughter, Deborah Savoie Billiodeaux and her husband, Tom of Opelousas; two sons Mark A. Savoie and his wife, Darla Deshotel Savoie of Youngsville and Christopher “Ty” Bihm and his wife Melanie Malone Bihm of Independence, two stepsons; Randal J. Bihm and his wife Lorraine of Plano, Texas, and Ricky J. Bihm and his wife Jeanne of Rancho Mirage, California, and two daughter-in-laws; Sharon Savoie of Lincoln Park, Michigan and Betty Savoie of Port Barre. She is also survived by twenty grandchildren, four step grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren, 6 step great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lastie Gautreaux and Alida Boudreaux Gautreaux; her husband, Newton Bihm; two sons, Marion (Jay) Savoie of Linclon Park, Michigan and Timothy J. Savoie of Port Barre; five brothers, Merrick Gautreaux, James Curtis Gautreaux, Lester Gautreaux, Robert Gautreaux and Russell Gautreaux and two sisters; Vergie Joubert and Lucille Zeringue.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Nicholas Bihm, Dr. Seth Billiodeaux, Matthew Billiodeaux, Joshua Savoie, Alex Savoie and Stefan Savoie.
The family would like to offer a sincere thanks to Dr, Stacey Mayeaux and Staff for the excellent care given to her over the past several years and to LHC Hospice for their compassion and exceptional care.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.sibillefuneralhome.com. Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2309 George Drive, Opelousas, LA 70570 (337)948-6523 has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
She was Such an Amazing and Beautiful person. I’m so sorry to her family for y'all loss. She left this world to graduate to a beautiful and magnificent place but left behind what’s important, Wonderful memories for her family and friends to remember her. People will always think kind and happy thoughts when they think of her, I know I will, because of her kind and loving nature. I’m sure she left so proud and loved. What a blessing she was to this world and now God has her with him where she will get to experience an even greater love. My prayers are with you all through the grieving process.
Stacey CourvilleOpelousas, LA