Bunice Thibodeaux passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, at Freedom House, Air Force Village II, San Antonio where she had been a resident since February 2005.
Born in Cecilia, Louisiana, "Ms. Tibby" - as she was affectionately known - was a proud Cajun. After graduating from local schools, she moved to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana and enlisted in the United States Navy in October 1951.
In November 1956 she was selected from numerous applicants to attend the Naval Nurse Corps Officer Education Program where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. In her 21-year military career, Ms. Tibby received many commendations of excellence from her superiors.
She retired as a Lt. Commander in 1972 while serving as the Charge Nurse of the Surgical Unit at the Naval Hospital, San Diego, California. Some of her assignments included instructor at the Naval Hospital and supervisor of several surgical nurse teams in Korea and Vietnam. She was a lifetime member of the Military Officer Association of America (MOAA) and the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA).
After retiring from the Navy, Tibby moved to Pipe Creek and attended St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Bandera.
She is survived by two cousins, Ruby Josey and Marie Usie, both of Breaux Bridge. Tibby considered her neighbors and caregivers as special friends. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.
As per her request, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of choice.
A rosary will be held at 7 pm Monday, Jan. 20, at Grimes Funeral Chapels. A graveside service is scheduled for 1 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.