Beaumont family displaced from Harvey, mom dies suddenly

Posted at 1:03 PM, Sep 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 23:27:07-04

A Beaumont father is trying to get back on his feet after his home was destroyed from Hurricane Harvey and his wife died.

Joseph Ardoin, his wife and five daughters had plans to move to Waco before Hurricane Harvey hit. The family had been in Waco a few weeks prior to the storm. They had plans to return to Beaumont to finish some things up, but on Sunday, Joseph's wife, LaShundrea Lemon-Ardoin,  said she wasn't feeling well. 

"They came and they worked on her and they got her out of the house. [They] brought her to the hospital and they revived her three times. [They] started her heart back and my daughter-in-law didn't make it," Sarah Ardoin, Joseph's mother, said.

The funeral will be held in Beaumont. 

"This was unexpected for this family," Sarah Ardoin said.

Joseph now has five girls under the age of ten to take care of alone. The family is looking for a place to live and Joseph is looking for a job.  

The girls need clothes and shoes.

Several businesses and local organizations are stepping up to help the family by hosting fundraisers and collecting donations. 

Bubba's 33 Waco will host a fundraiser for the family on September 26th from 4 p.m.-to midnight. They are also accepting donations for the family.

Waco River Safari will also host a fundraiser for the family on September 30th.

Greater Bosqueville Baptist Church is also offering help to the family. Call (254) 756-0526 for more information.

Toliver Chapel Missionary Baptist Church  is also accepting donations. Call (254) 799-6150 for more information.

No Limitations, Inc. will be collecting donations for the family Saturday morning.

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