A Life Well Lived
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Ida Mae Joubert Boyd was born October 7, 1922 in Plaisance, Louisiana to the proud parents of Howard and Adeline Joubert. She was the 4th of 6 children from a close-knit family and often told stories of her siblings and their escapades.
Ida Mae was baptized at an early age at Mohorn Missionary Baptist Church located in Plaisance Louisiana under the leadership of Rev. S.A. Crowder. She attended public schools in Plaisance and graduated from Plaisance High School in 1940.
In 1941, she married McGaffey Barzar and they settled in Morrow, Louisiana. To this union, a beautiful baby girl was born and they named her Erma Jean. Discontent with the cotton, corn and sugar cane fields of Morrow, she set out for Houston, Texas in 1943, seeking a better life. What an adventurous spirit to travel so far from home with “her daughter on her hip and a georgie bundle”.
Her love of cooking and preparing beautiful meals led to her first employment in Houston as a cook with the Boone family. She later worked for the Epstein family, the Millers, and finally the Anderson family. She was known throughout River Oaks as catering the best parties with exotic food sprinkled with a downhome twist. She was best known for her liver loaf. Weekends were spent with her circle of friends and they often looked forward to whatever delightful recipes she prepared. Her culinary horizons knew no bounds.
Ida Mae enjoyed entertaining, traveling and spending time with her family. She traveled far and wide with visits to the Jerusalem and the Holy Land, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Hawaii and many other foreign lands. As a founding member of the Joubert and Semien Family Reunion, she took her role as Head of the Food Committee seriously and each year ensured the menu was both satisfying and fun. And her legendary New Year’s Day dinner was a highlight of the holiday season. Rooted in Louisiana Creole traditions, she wanted to bring to all who attended, good fortune in the year to come.
Ida Mae was a charter member of True Light Missionary Baptist Church for over 64 years where she faithfully served under the leadership of Rev. M. B. Bazeron, Jr.. and later under the leadership of Rev. E. L. Lott, and the current pastor, Rev. Craig S. Taylor. During her service at True Light, she was Membership Clerk for many years, First Vice President of Mission II, Treasurer with Mission I, and a member of the Mission Chorus and Bible Band. She also served as coordinator for Pastor Lott’s dinner table for his anniversary and other special annual day services for many years.
Ida Mae was recognized for her achievements by the Baptist Sisterhood of Houston, the Top Ladies Of Distinction and in 2007, the National Women Of Achievement recognized her as one of the best dressed models in their annual fashion show. She was stylish, sophisticated and undeniably elegant with her favorite accessory being a beautiful and fashionable hat.
On Thursday, July 23, 2020, Ida Mae returned to the Lord and received her blessings of eternal life. Awaiting her heavenly arrival are her parents Howard and Adeline Joubert, sister VeEster Joubert Fontenot, brothers Holland, Rogers, Howard and Gilbert Joubert, granddaughter Terry Lynn Benson, and other relatives.
She leaves to cherish her memories daughter, Erma Benson Trotty, granddaughter, Dedra Valencia Benson, great-grandson Brandon, Jerrod Benson, and sister-in-law, Idelle Joubert all of Houston Texas. She was loved and will be missed by a host of family and friends. She truly had a life well lived.
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