Inducted on February 11, 2012
Betty Bernard was born on March 31, 1943, to Herbert Bernard and Stella Choate Bernard in Abbeville, LA. She grew up in Intracoastal City and graduated from Abbeville High School in 1961. She furthered her education by attending Gulf Area Vocational School and UL Lafayette.
In December, 1970, Bernard began her career with the United States Government as Executive Secretary with the Selective Service System. When the military draft was eliminated, she continued her career with other federal agencies such as the Social Security Administration, General Services Administration, and the United States Attorney’s Office. In 1980, she began working for the United States Federal Court where she was secretary to a federal judge. In 1996, Bernard retired with 26 ½ years of federal service.
While working for the United States Federal Court, she received recognition for the origination, planning, and implementation of the annual “Court Day,” where the federal employees in the Western District of Louisiana visited and toured a wildlife refuge south of Vermilion Bay. This annual event brought together federal and state employees from different branches of the government, and provided them with a better understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the other offices. It also allowed for insight and appreciation of Louisiana’s marshes and the natural wildlife habitats in Vermilion Parish.
After Bernard retired in 1999, she opened a small RV Park with four sites in Abbeville. RV’ers heard about Betty’s RV Park and today, the park has grown to a 17-site full-hookup RV park which has received the honor of being chosen as one of the 25 Best RV Parks in America and Most Fun Small RV Park in the United States. In that same poll, Abbeville was named as the Friendliest Small Town in the United States.
It is evident by her dedication and work that Bernard is very proud of her Cajun heritage and she makes sure that her customers are aware of everything that our wonderful area has to offer--the food, the people, the culture and the music. Often, Bernard will accompany her RV’ers to a musical jam session, to dine at a local restaurant, or to visit one of the Cajun attractions in the area.
Betty’s RV Park has been the temporary home of RV’ers from all over the world, including the Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, England, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Switzerland, Australia, as well as every state in the United States. It is said that RV’ers come to Betty’s RV Park as strangers, and they leave as friends.
Bernard has three sons, Brett, Reid and Douglas Mouton,and four grandchildren.