Betty Ann Gouard, 79, of Danville Ill., entered Heaven's gates on Dec. 4, 2016. She was surrounded by her loving and supporting family.
Betty was born May 28, 1937, in French Camp, Miss., to Marshall and Dora Robinson.
Betty had an unwavering faith and love in God. She was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Over many years she had become very involved with the church, where she was the head cook for 25 years, a member of the Willing Workers Club and sang in the Gospel Choir.
A virtuous mother and homemaker, Betty was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She passed her cooking talents on to her children. She also was a seamstress, and over the years did numerous wedding alterations customizing curtains. She loved to fish. Betty was a supportive basketball fan, traveling to support her children and grandchildren. She was loved by her entire family, and was known throughout the community as a kind and loving woman. She had a deep love for her dog, Toby, who would watch TV and eat with her.
Betty leaves a legacy of loving memories to be cherished by four sons, David/Bud (Tywon) Gouard, George (Beverly) Gouard, Terry Gouard, all of Danville, and Stanley (Chasity) Gouard of Indianapolis; four daughters, Daisy Ford, Shirley Duncan, Loretta (Bobby) Clark, all of Danville, and Doretha (Donald) Ingram of Chicago; 26 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Leroy (Willie) Robinson of Danville, and Robert Pope, Berlymn Robinson of St. Louis; seven sisters, Brandy Pope, Minister Dorothy (Willie) Herrington of Champaign, Flora Robinson and Dora A. (John) Grubb, both of Urbana, H Mai Pope, Champaign, Martha Wright of Kansas City, Mo., and Mary Robinson of St. Louis; a special nephew, Terry Robinson; and a host of other nephews, nieces, family and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Davie L. Gouard; her parents, Marshall and Dora Robinson Duff; two brothers, Theodora Robinson and James Pope; mother-in-law, Ruby Lee Smith; and great-grandson Jaylen Lee Gouard.
Betty has left eternal love and memories to each one of her family members that is to be passed on from generation to generation.
A Celebration of Life will commence at noon Friday, Dec. 9, at Crossroad Church, 3613 N. Vermilion St., Danville; Pastor Miles Clark, host pastor. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Friday until the start of the service. Officiating: Pastor Lucius Barber. Interment: Sunset Memorial Park. A visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 311 N. Collett St., Danville. The family is scheduled to be present.
Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams St., Danville, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences and memorials may be sent by accessing www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com
Published on  December 6, 2016