Beloved wife and mother, Dorothy Barras, 85, passed away Friday, Nov. 11, surrounded by her loving family at her home. Before her illness, Dorothy was active in the choir at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City and the Legion of Mary. Her angelic voice will be missed.
Dorothy was born in Beaumont, and has lived in the Golden Triangle area her entire life. She was the widow of Sherman Bland, and then married Alex Barras August 26, 2000, and they shared joyful times in their twilight years. They met at the Bridge City Singles Club and were welcomed members even after their marriage.
Dorothy raised a family of ten children and was predeceased by one of them, Kathy Duckworth. She is survived by the remaining children, Glen Bland, Dorothy Ann Bland, Irene Francis Bland, Beverley Gary, Steven Bland, Ronnie Bland, Melissa Comeaux, Michael Bland and Gerald Bland.
She is also survived by her fifteen grandchildren, Mandy Bland, Callie Miller, Desiree Willingham, Stephanie Ferguson, Jacob Bland, Glenn Bland, Jr., Joshua Bland, Luke Bland, Kyle Bland, Sherman Bland, Sylvia Bland, Ricky Duckworth, Kalyn Bland, Danielle Jetton, Christopher Bland, Corey Bland, Sam Gary, Mavarie Comeaux, Tiffany Martin, and Bryan Martin; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Eva Hryhorchuk, Shirley Delomme, Vertie Maddox and Mary Bihm; and brother, David Lee Foreman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at St. Henry Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Leger, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange.
Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, with a Rosary recited at 5:00 p.m., at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.
Serving as Pallbearers will be her sons and grandsons.
The family wishes to extend gratitude for the outstanding heartfelt support of Texas Home Health Hospice; but most especially her direct caregivers, Jamie Salinas, Lori Samuels, Stephanie Bias, Linda Smith, Eloise Moore, Br. Rick Morales and Dr. Maria Blahey. With their care, Dorothy was helped to move peacefully to her heavenly home.