, Port Arthur, Texas

April 24, 2013

Janette Mabel Guidry

The Port Arthur News

—    Janette Mabel Guidry was born in Port Arthur, Texas on 29 December 1923, the daughter of William (Bill) Karl Snoek and Flora Bell Freeman.  As the fifth child in a growing family, she eventually was to have three sisters and four brothers.  She is survived by two sons, Edmund Vaughn Guidry, III, and Wayne Arlan Guidry and his wife Kathleen and their daughter Samantha; and three brothers Theodore (Ted) Snoek and his wife Effie, Charles Snoek, and Robert (Bob) Snoek and his wife Peggy.  She was preceded in death by her son George Gerald Guidry in 1991 and in 2010 by her husband of 67 years, Edmund Vaughn Guidry, Jr.  One son died at birth 19 June 1945.

   Jenny, as Janette was affectionately called from childhood, grew up in Port Arthur, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School.  She played trumpet in the high school marching band, and acted in school plays.

   She married Ed Guidry on 30 January 1943 in Kountze, Texas.  Apart from an early year in Albuquerque, New Mexico -- an Army Air Force posting for Ed during WWII -- they resided in Port Arthur for more than 60 years.

   Camping, family outings, and scouting were very important to the young Guidry boys.  To encourage their outdoor interests, Janette was a Cub Scout den mother; and often assisted scouting parents, the sponsoring PTA, and her husband as he organized and led a Cub Scout pack, and then a Boy Scout troop, and finally an Explorer Scout post.

   Later, wanting to help her sons with college expenses, Janette worked as credit manager at J. C. Penney Co. of Port Arthur, retiring after thirteen years.

   Favorite hobbies all wonderfully mastered by Janette were sewing, porcelain doll making, flower gardening, and collecting antique glassware.  Her finely made porcelain dolls received many awards and were often featured in periodicals.

   Also as a pastime, Janette and Ed were founding volunteers at the Museum of the Gulf Coast, contributing years of service in greeting visitors, restoring holdings, and organizing displays.

   Janette was a devout Christian, and frequently spoke of her love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  She was a longstanding member of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Port Arthur, where she served as deacon for many years.

   Still active and vigorous at age 82, Janette packed up her home in Port Arthur, and moved with her loving husband to Wimberley, Texas to be closer to family and friends, then mostly settled in central Texas hill country.  Always there in times of need, even in her advanced age, she cared for her semi-invalid husband at home until he needed fulltime professional nursing just weeks before his death.  During this same time, she frequently helped her daughter-in-law Martha through six years of terminal cancer, and nurtured her young granddaughter Samantha Marie -- her neighbor -- as only a caring grandmother can.

   All who knew Janette will dearly miss her tireless energy, easy smile, and enduring love.

   Friends may call on the family from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26th at the Thomason Funeral Home in San Marcos, TX.  A graveside service will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26th at the San Marcos Cemetery.    

   Please sign the online guest  registry at www.thomasonfuneral (512) 396-2300.