Thais B. Lavalais Photo
Thais Butler Lavalais
  • 50 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 11, 1963
  • Place of birth:
    New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 13, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Let the memory of Thais be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Thais Lavalais. We will remember her forever.

Thais B. Lavalais, age 50, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 surrounded by family in Baton Rouge, La. 

Thais was born in New Orleans, La on September 11, 1963 to the late James Albert and Thais Sazon Butler.  She graduated from Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans and obtained certification as a surgical technologist.  After moving to Baton Rouge, she received both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in nursing from Southern University.  Thais worked as a nurse and the director of surgical technology training programs at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge and as an instructor at Delgado Community College.  She then accepted a teaching positon at Southern University School of Nursing and later as nurse educator at Ochsner Health System in Baton Rouge.  She also worked at both Earl K. Long Hospital and Baton Rouge General Hospital.

She was a devoted mother of Michael and Enjoli Marchand and fiancé of Donald Fort.  She is also survived by brothers James, Sr. (Joycelyn), Terrance, Sr. (Paulette) and Irby Butler as well as numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.

Visitation will be Friday, August 22, 2014 at 9:00 am and funeral service at 10:00 am at United Christian Faith Ministries, 9229 North Ridgewood Drive, Baton Rouge, La 70814, conducted by pastor Mark Ellis.  Burial will be held at Providence Memorial Park and Mausoleum, 8200 Airline Drive, Metairie, La 70003.

Celebration of life immediately following burial at United Christian Faith Ministries, 9229 North Ridgewood Drive, Baton Rouge, La 70814.

Winnfield Funeral Home

7221 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, La 70811

 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Tammy Marchand on 11th September 2015

"Happy Birthday, Thais! You are missed."

This tribute was added by Malinda Carmouche on 13th August 2015

"May our God continue to comfort those closest to you because I know your missed. Thank you for reminding me to "always be looking for better and to never settle:~)"! I will continue to be on the look out for "hippa"potamus. Oh how I miss your humor!!!
"Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His saints! ~Psalm 116:15"

This tribute was added by Tammy Marchand on 13th August 2015

"You are often in my thoughts. Keep a light on for us.... we will see you soon."

This tribute was added by Antonio Cousin on 13th August 2015

"I can't believe it has been a whole year.  We miss you Ms. Thais!"

This tribute was added by Peggy Greene on 13th August 2015

"Seems like only yesterday. Blessings to you and your family, lifting you all in prayer. Love, Mrs. Peggy"

This tribute was added by lauren harris on 14th September 2014

"HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, MAMA T!!!"

This tribute was added by Tammy Marchand on 11th September 2014

"Happy Birthday, Thais! I love you and miss you. We will see you soon."

This tribute was added by Antonio Cousin on 11th September 2014

"Happy Birthday Miss Thais!  I know you're enjoying yourself in heaven."

This tribute was added by Roger Butler on 27th August 2014

"May the Peace of God be with you. I knew her when we were younger full of life her father and my grandfather were brothers,  I remember going to Natchez, and New Orleans for the summer and having a great time.  I pray that her sons, stay encourage and maybe one day meet. rjbutler41@yahoo.com"

This tribute was added by La Jeune Smith on 26th August 2014

"My heart and prayers go out to you, the family.  May God give you the strength to remember the good times, the smiles, and the laughter.  It may seem hard at this time, but it will get easier.  Keep your faith!"

This tribute was added by Dorothy Lim on 23rd August 2014

"I can still hear her voice, we graduated together from SUSON. She came across as a very caring person. She was a good friend of Jeanine Landry. May they RIP!"

This tribute was added by Dorothy Lim on 23rd August 2014

"I can still hear her voice, we graduated together from SUSON. She came across as a very caring person. She was a good friend of Jeanine Landry. May they RIP!"

This tribute was added by Malinda Carmouche on 23rd August 2014

""Precious in the eyes of the Lord are the death of His saints!" ~Psalm 116:15

I met Thais around 2006 or 2007 at Southern University when she was adjunct faculty. From that very first meeting, the thing that I most cherished about Thais and the thing I will miss the most is her sense of humor! Often times it wasn't even what she said but how she said it that would have you laughing and crying at the same time. Those who knew her know exactly what I mean, that voice and off guard sarcasm would get you every time! I would often find myself laughing late at night at something she had said or a story shared earlier in the day, her humor was not only memorable it was therapeutic!
Michael and Enjoli, she was one proud mama! She took every opportunity to talk about the two of you, often telling me that my son and daughter because of their age difference reminded her of the two of you. She was proud of what you had accomplished but she was more proud of who you were as people, often stressing how the two of you took care of each other. Praying that our Father continues to bless you with pleasant memories to comfort you and remind you of her specialness:~)!"

This tribute was added by Chuck Patterson on 22nd August 2014

"I attended St. David with Thais in the 70s.  She will always be remembered as one of the nicest and sweetest people I ever had the pleasure of sharing a classroom with.  She always had kind words for everyone and such a beautiful and sincere smile.  God Bless her Soul and my Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy and Condolences are with the entire family.  Thais was one of the people in your life that you will always remember when you think of love, peace and kindness."

This tribute was added by Nichole Moore on 22nd August 2014

"Sweet and beautiful Thais! I am so happy that God allowed my family to cross paths with you. Your smile was just so contagious and we all felt how genuine your love was. We were so blessed to have you as apart of our church. I will forever think of you when I cook stuff bell peppers. I will always think of you as cousin Thais. May God hold you tight in his arms and give your children peace and comfort! LOVE YOU ALWAYS!!!!"

This tribute was added by Peggy Greene on 22nd August 2014

"Momma's absent in body, but her spirit lives. My condolences to you both. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. May the Holy Spirit give you comfort, peace, and strength. Love you both."

This tribute was added by Eunice Darden on 21st August 2014

"Mike and Enjoli, I know what you are going through in losing the strongest pillar of strength in your life.I know your mother was that to both of you,and with this loss comes layers of heartache. Please know we are here for you during this time of incredible loss.We love both of you.  Sorry we are unable to attend the services, but we are here for you, anytime of the day or night and you know how to get in touch with us.Take care of each other.."Rest in Heaven Thais""

This tribute was added by Geralyn Baker on 21st August 2014

"Michael and Enjoli, we were so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing.  We are also sorry that we are unable to attend her service.  You are both her greatest testament to a life well lived and she will continue to be with you everyday, smiling down upon you. Peace to you both.  
Wendell and Geralyn Baker."

This tribute was added by Gordon Natal on 21st August 2014

"I met Thais at Southern University School of Nursing.  She was always late leaving and we frequently walked out together.  I appreciated her guidance and support when I started at SUSON.  Well respected by all staff, faculty and students.  We will always remember and miss you.  Life is certainly too short.  You had so much more you could offer; however, God has plans for you in HIS house."

This tribute was added by TRUDY WILLIAMS on 20th August 2014

"I met Thais at Earl K Long hospital, where we became acquainted with one another. Thais and I would chat often about life in general and about our children. She was always such a soft spoken person and worked well with her peers. Thais will truly be missed. I pray for her family and friends. May she rest in peace. Love you Thais, Trudy."

This tribute was added by Kymberly Vincent-McCoy on 20th August 2014

"I met Thais when I started working at SU school of nursing. We called each other neighbors because our offices were next to each other. We became closer as we were both diagnosed within a years time. She always lifted my spirits. I will truly miss you Thais for I know you are truly at peace.
I love you"

This tribute was added by lauren harris on 20th August 2014

"Mama T,
I thank God for allowing us to cross paths through your beautiful daughter, Enjoli.You have opened your heart and home to me on several occasions. Though im sad to see you depart from us in the physical world, I do celebrate your arrival to the spiritual world. You deserve the rest for you have fought a great fight. We will miss you dearly. I love you!!!"

This tribute was added by edwina gilbert on 20th August 2014

"May God always light your path,and strengthened your family during this time.The Holy Spirit is a Comforter. (Psalms.23;4) Yea,though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff they comfort me" with God all things are possible."

This tribute was added by Demond Lee on 20th August 2014

"Momma Thais,

It seems just like yesterday we were talking in your office at Southern getting caught up on things. Since 2004 you have always been a special woman in my life. Thank you for all you did. All the talks and all the advice you have given me. You raised 2 great children Mike and Enji that are just like my siblings as well. Thank you for raising all 11 of us back in our A Phi A college days at LSU. Thank you for just being you. You were one of the sweetest people i knew and you will always be in my heart. God truly has one of his angels in heaven with him.

Love you forever and ever,
Mond"

This tribute was added by Antonio Cousin on 20th August 2014

"It hurts to type this but I know you're enjoying yourself in heaven. I never question God's plans and I'm happy to know that you're not hurting any longer. I look at you as a Mom and you loved each and every one of my linebrothers as if we were your own. I'm forever grateful to have met and had a chance to know you. We will meet again. In the meantime, we will be there for Mike and Enji. On behalf of Spring 04, we love and will miss you Miss Thais!"

This tribute was added by Antonio Cousin on 20th August 2014

"It hurts to type this but I know you're enjoying yourself in heaven. I never question God's plans and I'm happy to know that you're not hurting any longer. I look at you as a Mom and you loved each and every one of my linebrothers as if we were your own. I'm forever grateful to have met and had a chance to know you. We will meet again. In the meantime, we will be there for Mike and Enji. On behalf of Spring 04, we love and will miss you Miss Thais!"

This tribute was added by christina robinson on 20th August 2014

"I am so blessed to have met such a wonderful women of God! When my son, Malachi, and I met here we were going through a rough time and her bubbly personality and words of encouragement that she gave me were the kindest and heart felt. Watch out now Heaven! You haven't seen anything yet...I know the angels are rejoicing! Watch over all of us. I love you."

This tribute was added by latisha rowe on 20th August 2014

"I wrote this letter to you at 6:30am on the morning you passed. Little did i know i would never get a chance to share it with you. You will truly be forever missed...

Hey Mama

I know you are not speaking or responding right now but you are still here and I know you can hear us.  I wanted to say these things to you in person and maybe I still will be able to but I am asking Enji to tell you for me just in case. I want to tell you I think you are so beautiful and amazing. I have told you so many times but I just wanted to say I love you once more. I dont know who I will marry but I hope my mother in law will be exactly like you. In the short time I knew you, you were always honest with me even when it hurt. I love you even more for that. I want to bring Chase to sing feres jacques for you again, to hold your hand and say I love you Gigi. If I dont make it to you in time know that I will never, ever, ever say goodbye because you will always be in my heart and in my head. I will carry your lessons with me always and teach chase the small but powerful things you taught me. Thank you for being an example of love, christianity, and stregnth.  I am going to Jamaica in October and you and me have a date on the beach.

Love always

Tish"

This tribute was added by Tanessa Turner on 20th August 2014

"Thais was such a beautiful person, after knowing her for about 15 years I know these things to be true: she loved the Lord, she loved her children, and she loved helping others.  I'll be forever grateful for the things she's done for me and my little brother.  She was an angel while she roamed the earth and her spirit will continue to do great things in the Kingdom.  We love and will miss her dearly but my heart smiles in knowing that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  Rest in peace love, until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Jonetta Cobb on 20th August 2014

"Mama Thais

Words can not describe how much it hurts that you have left us, but you were a light that shined so brightly in the lives of so many. You always made me feel so loved and you were definately my second mom. Your presence, warm heart and beautiful smile will be missed. Rest well Ms. Thais

Love Always

Jonetta"

This tribute was added by Cessali Fournier on 20th August 2014

"My Cousin Thais...words cannot describe how much I love you.
We had so many adventures during my time at LSU. I can't even begin to count the number of times you picked me up on the weekends and we would go to your house and have cooking experiments and watch movies all night. You became my mother and looked out for me like I had always been yours. I watched you fight a long, hard battle, but you never gave up. And even when I couldn't keep it together, you encouraged me to be strong. I was always so amazed at how you never lost your wit and how you always kept me laughing despite everything you were going through. You'll never know how much I learned from you. I'm so grateful to have had you in my life...for all of the time we spent together, all of the laughs we shared, and I thank you so much for challenging me to be a better person, follow my dreams, and never sell myself short. I'll even miss all of our mini-debates about everything lol that always ended with you saying "hush little girl, I know what I'm talkin' about." I never doubted your love for me, and I know you loved me as much as I loved you. I will always love you and miss you. And no matter how old I get, I will always be your Baby Cess."

This tribute was added by Nick Darby on 20th August 2014

"My Thais! So blessed to have you in my life. I am truly going to miss you although im sure you are enjoying Heaven way more! Thanks for being that second mom to me and always being there for me. I will ALWAYS cherish your efforts in taking care of me through my cancer battle. Words can't express the gratitude til this day! You fought hard and strong now rest peacefully. love you so much"

This tribute was added by Suhaib Mohammed on 20th August 2014

"I remember her from nursing school where i worked as the grad assistant. You were a great person. We will all miss you. My prayers with the entire family."

This tribute was added by Patricia Anastasio on 20th August 2014

"I remember Thais as a student at St. David Elementary School where I served as principal. She was a lovely girl then, and I am sure she matured into a wonderful woman and mother.  My prayers are with Thais and her family and friends. May she rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Tammy Marchand on 20th August 2014

"May Thais' passing draw more souls into the Kingdom of Heaven. Her love has touched  and tether many souls into the Body of Christ. While she is gone physically, her love endures with everyone she has touched. The falling of one seed brings forth a large harvest. My human side mourns the loss of Thais, but my soul rejoices for she rests in peace."


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