Sister Levie Gautreaux, O. Carm., formerly Sister M. Raphael Gautreaux, a Sister of Mount Carmel, teacher and nurse returned to God November 18, 2010 at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center. She was 95 years old, and in the 76th year of her religious profession.
Sister Levie was born Marie Therese Levie Gautreaux on Feb. 12, 1915 in Rayne, LA to Leonce Gautreaux of Labadieville, LA and Marie Hebert Gautreaux of Patoutville, LA. She entered the Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Sept. 8, 1931. On Aug. 6, 1934, she made her first profession, and pronounced perpetual vows Aug. 3, 1937.
Sister Levie attended Mount Carmel Elementary and graduated from Rayne High School in Rayne, LA. At Loyola University in New Orleans, LA she received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in education and went on to become a certified Medical Records Librarian and to receive an Associate of Arts in nursing from Nicholls State in Thibodaux, LA. Sister Levie taught at Mount Carmel schools in Abbeville, Lafayette, New Iberia, and Thibodaux LA and at St. Joseph in Rayne, LA, St. Dominic and St. James in New Orleans, LA. She served as secretary for the congregation of the Sisters of Mount Carmel from 1955-1958 and for years maintained interest in the Justice and Peace activities of the Congregation.
She worked as a medical records librarian for St. Joseph Hospital in Thibodaux, LA and a nurse at Ochsner Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital in New Orleans, LA. She served in parish ministry and visited shut-ins in St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Metairie, LA. At the Cenacle Retreat House she was a calligrapher, clerical assistant for Crusade of Prayer, receptionist and a volunteer part-time staff worker. In 1997 she received the "Older Worker of the Year" award from the Jefferson Council on Aging. Following Hurricane Katrina Sister Levie moved to Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center where she remained until her death.
Sister Levie was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Agnes Gautreaux, May Gautreaux Evans and Elaine Gautreaux Ducote. She is survived by her nephew, Glenn R. Ducote of Baton Rouge, LA. Sister Levie donated her body to science. The Rosary will be said at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center, 5600 General de Gaulle Dr., New Orleans on Monday, November 22 at 2:00 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 6 at the Mount Carmel Motherhouse, 420 Robert E. Lee, New Orleans at 11:00 a.m.