May 30, 1927-July 10, 2019

Lizzie Mae Johnson was born May 30, 1927, in St. Maurice and passed away July 10, 2019, in Natchitoches.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Mary Ida Fedrick Brown; husband, Ford Johnson; brothers, Talmadge Brown, Dwight Brown, Earnest Brown and Arthur Roy Brown; and sisters, Beatrice “Cotton” Lonadier, Rosey Bell Tingle, Louise Waters and Nelda Ann Martin.

She is survived by her brother, Garland Brown; sons, Wayne Gourdon and wife Peggy and Johnny Gourdon and wife Penny; grandchildren, Jessie Gourdon, Michael Gourdon and wife Sarah, April Gourdon, Laci Gourdon, and Brandi Pesina and husband Daniel; great-grandchildren, Elyzabeth “Lizzie” Gourdon, Olivia Hatley, Faith Gourdon, Cutter Gourdon and Johnny “JD” Pesina.  She also leaves behind to cherish her memory many nieces, nephews and cousins in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Everyone who knew Lizzie loved her. She always had the best stories of her 92 years on earth.  We all learned so much from her and will be forever grateful for the knowledge she passed to us.  She was an excellent cook and never followed a written recipe. She would always say “watch and learn.”  She had a deep love for animals, especially her dog, Bocephus.  Bocephus was her baby and she cared for him better than she cared for herself.  Her greatest love was for her family and home, and she was an excellent provider.  Although at times she was very stubborn, she was always genuine and that is why we loved her so much.  She will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

A service to celebrate her life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches.  Burial will follow at Clear Lake Cemetery near Goldonna.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 8 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Johnny Nobles, Billy Martin, Wesley Martin, Tim Gourdon, Skipper Nobles and Mark Tingle.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice.