Annetta Y. Courtney

Courtney newspaperAnnetta Y. Courtney, 75, of La Marque passed away on Thursday, May 07, 2015 at her residence. She was born February 2, 1940 to Noah and Effie Young in Eunice, Louisiana.
Annetta was a resident of La Marque since 1970, a member of Mainland Community Church and a Special Education Teacher for over 30 years with GISD. She loved people and had a great appreciation for nature and animals. She enjoyed spending time in her yard and garden as well as cooking for her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Dwight Courtney, Sr. She is survived by her daughter Tonya Courtney of San Diego, CA; sons and daughters-in-law: Dwight Courtney, Jr. of La Marque, Kenyon and Renee Courtney of Bayou Vista, Brian and Patty Courtney of Bayou Vista, Kyle and Chris Courtney of Friendswood, and Lyle and Charlene Courtney of League City; twelve grandchildren Cassie, Christin, Cahla, Brooke, Chelsea, B.J., Hannah, Christopher, Colin, Kyra, Zachary and Caitlyn; three great-grandchildren Haleigh Helgeson, Samuel Hardwick and Caleah Courtney; and her brother Roger Young of Eunice, Louisiana and sister Ann Lynn Morris of Eunice, Louisiana.
A visitation will be on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. Funeral Service will be on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 10:30am with Pastor Jeff Spielman officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Annetta Courtney to the ALS Association at


  1. She was only 8 years old when I was born, so she was like my big sister. She was the baby of her family, but Mom (Isabelle her oldest sister) and Dad’s ( Clifford) Fontenot) oldest adopted daughter. She baby sat me from birth. Played baseball, chase and hide and seek at my house and at her home (Noah and Effie Young’s) She taught me many things, but mostly love. I remember Mom and Dad teaching her to drive and we all going to Old Mexico on a vacation, When she married Dwight Courtney, we all went to see her living in the married students apartments in Lafayette at then SLI, then USL and now UL, I was jealous that she had left me to get married, Not much later little Dwight was born. They moved to Baton Rouge and I followed them to LSU. I never got hungary, she always had me over for supper. Boy could she cook and bake! I would sometimes baby sit her first 3 boys (Dwight, Kenyon and Brian) for payback for all the great meals. They called me bad Winston. When she baked a cake it was eaten before it even cooled! When I was sick she took care of me like I was one of hers, with all she had to do. I have so many wonderful memories. Then she was blessed with 3 more, Lyle, Kyle and Tonya. What awonderful loving family. Love you Netta. Wel’ll see you again one day.

    Winston Fontenot
  2. Dear Courtney Family, we were sorry to hear of Tante Annetta’s passing but we also know that she is rejoicing in Heaven with her loved ones. It is such a comfort to know that she is no longer suffering and that she is praising Jesus in a glorious disease free body. She and our dad as well as the rest of her family members are enjoying all the wonderful things that are promised to us. We know that there will be grief, and we know that you will all miss her terribly; however, remember that people are praying for all of you and that God is there to comfort you in the midst of sorrow. We can say that this is true…God is sustaining us and He will sustain you and give you the strength and peace that passes all understanding. Remember the precious times with her and cherish those sweet memories. We love y’all, Keith & Brent Young, Darlene Young Lavengco

    Darlene Lavengco
  3. Tonya, “Little” Dwight, Kenyon, Brian, Kyle & Lyle,

    I was shocked and saddened to read of your Mom’s passing. I am in Birmingham visiting Traci and family. Your family is very special to our family. My heart holds many precious memories of our times together. I visualize a big pot of Annetta’s gumbo on the stove and much love and laughter in the room from one of Dwight’s stories! You had a very special Mom and Dad who loved you and your families very, very much. What GREAT memories you must have. God’s peace and love to each of you.

    Much love and big hugs!

    Minnie, Jerry, Traci and Bret

    Minnie Parker
  4. That precious smile is what I will remember most about this amazing woman. That smile lit up the world-but as beautiful as it was, it was just a small reminder of the magnificent spirit and loving heart, that was my Aunt Annetta. My love to all of you dear cousins and may peace reign in your hearts.

    Keith and Lisa Young
  5. Que le bon Dieu benisse le memoire de Tante Annetta. On va la voir en gloire!

    David Pulling
  6. Sweet Tonya and Family:
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I met her many years ago when Tonya and I were roommates in college. May she rest in peace. Love and prayers to you!
    Jami Jay Dudley

    Jami Dudley
  7. And another regrettable thing about death is the
    Ceasing of your own brand of magic which took
    A whole life to develop and market

    The quips, the witticisms, the slant adjusted to
    A few, those loved ones nearest the lip of the
    stage, their soft faces blanched in the footlight
    glow, their laughter close to tears,
    their tears confused with their diamond earrings
    their warm pooled breath in and out with
    your heartbeat, their response and your
    performance twinned.

    The jokes over the phone.
    The memories packed In the rapid–‐access file.
    The whole act.
    Who will do it again?

    That’s it: no one;
    Imitators and descendants aren’t the same.
    May God Bless and Keep You Always

    Mike and Alma Bowers
  8. Tonya,

    While Mike and I didn’t personally know your mother, we felt as though she were somehow part of our family, being that you are like a sister to us (we still need to figure out who is the big and who is the little).

    We know this has been a long journey for you all and although you will miss her hugs, you will be okay because she raised one hell of a strong Texas woman.

    Please think of us if there is anything you or Ruby need!

    Much love,

    Joel & Mike

    Joel Wayne Hammett

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