Touchet enjoyed teaching

ERATH - Suzanne Touchet was afraid to die after learning she had cancer two years ago but that did not stop her from wanting to do what she loved - teach.

Her death came on Monday when she could not fight anymore. Touchet died at her home in Erath at 1:36 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

David Funeral Home in Erath is handling the funeral arrangements.

She was first diagnosed with cancer early in the summer of 2006.

In an interview with the Abbeville Meridional in September of 2006, Touchet remembers her thoughts about being diagnosed with cancer.

“I was scared,” said Touchet. “I thought of death. I thought I’d better get my spiritual life in order and also thought of my kids.”

At the time of being told she had cancer, the oncologist said she had only six months to live with treatment. She laughed at the doctor and said she had too much living to do and six months was not enough time to do it.

Touchet and her three sons shared as much time together over the last two years as possible.

When she went for her chemo treatments, she asked doctors and nurses questions about the chemo process. After she learned the medical process, she educated the person who brought her to the hospital for treatment.

She had planned to return to the classroom despite the cancer.

“I can’t stop teaching,” Touchet said. “If I understand something and I can teach you to know it, then it is a good feeling. It is when that light bulb goes off in the student’s head, you can see it.”

Touchet was a physical science teacher at Abbeville High and Erath Middle School.

She was forced to stop teaching two years ago after learning about her cancer.

She taught at Abbeville High School from 1996 until 2003, and then she transferred to Erath Middle School.

Superintendent Randy Schexnayder was the Abbeville principal when Touchet was there.

“She was an excellent physical science teacher,” said Schexnayder.

Touchet was also a physical science teacher at EMS.

Lynn Moss, the Erath Middle School principal, was a good friend of Touchet’s.

“She had a passion for teaching ,” Moss said. “She was a good science teacher who wanted you to figure out how things worked.

“Suzanne did her job well. She grabbed her students’ attention and once she did that, it was easy to to teach them.”

She closed the Meridional’s interview with this thought: “Remember this : the quality of life is more than the quantity of life.”

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