Helen Marie Broussard

September 06, 1934 - October 23, 2020

Marie Broussard

Helen “Marie” Broussard, 86, died on Friday October 23, 2020 after a short illness.  She was born in 1934 in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Reared on a farm in rural Virginia, Marie never forgot her roots.  Growing up during the Depression, times were tough, but she always had family.  The saying about many hands making light work could have been written about her family.  She grew up with aunts and uncles who were more like brothers and sisters.  Her granddaddy was very special to her, and she spent a lot of time with him.  She liked to say that her first words were “gee” and “haw”.  She learned to be resilient and learned to save everything and not throw anything away… you could always find a use on the farm!

There was always plenty of food on the farm.  Between their garden, their fruit trees, hunting, and fishing, there was enough.  Anything extra was canned for later.  In fact, it wasn’t unusual for their relatives to show up for dinner, knowing there would be food.  

During high school she moved to Hapeville, Georgia, outside of Atlanta.  She went to nursing school at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and afterward, she moved to Beaumont in 1955 where she worked at Hotel Dieu Hospital.  There, the nuns “encouraged” her to talk with the young ambulance driver and third generation owner of Broussard’s Mortuary, Alex Broussard.  They married soon after.  Their love was strong and their marriage lasted fifty-five years, until his death in 2013.

Marie and Alex raised four children in the Beaumont community: Dale, Tom, David and Marian. Marie and Alex traveled the world extensively as part of Rotary Club International, National Selected Morticians and the Traveling Aggies.  They loved learning the local history and culture and making new friends that they maintained throughout the years.

Marie’s caring heart and giving spirit enabled her to serve her community throughout her life.

Marie was a Board Member for may years of the Beaumont Rainbow Room, an organization that focuses on abused children placed in foster care.  Projects which Marie participated or led include the Prom Project, Christmas party for the foster families, and high school graduation for the foster seniors.

Marie was also a board member of the Beaumont Heritage Society and an active participant since 1987, serving in a number of roles.

Marie was a past president and board member of the Beaumont Botanical Gardens. While serving as president, she helped build the Conservatory.  The Conservatory is the largest in the state of Texas that's associated with a public park.

Over the years, Marie worked with Nutrition and Services for Seniors, which includes Meals on Wheels.  In 2015, she was honored at the organization’s "Deliver the Difference" luncheon for sixty years of volunteering and giving to the community.

Her resume of volunteering also included involvement with Lamar Catholic Student Center serving meals to the students every Tuesday, St Jude’s Bereavement Committee where she and Alex were influential in the founding of the parish, Neches River Festival where she was past Social Chairman, Life Member of PTA serving for twenty years at all levels of the school system, The Gulf Coast Historical Society and many more.

Often regarded as the one of the most selfless individuals in our community, she often would reflect: "That was our way of life. You did for others and you shared what little you had."  She also stated "Volunteering in general feeds me. It feeds my ego to know that I am helping others and they're appreciated."

Marie was an example on how we all should live – always giving her time, talent and treasure to others and never expecting anything in return.

Marie is survived by her children: Dale (Tenna) Broussard, of Ellijay, Georgia;  David (Toni) Broussard, of Spring, Texas; and Marian (Steve) West of Carrollton, Texas; daughter-in-Law, Vanessa Broussard, of Beaumont, Texas; grandchildren, Dale, Christopher (Kristi), Nick, Alex, Molly, Brittany, Leah, Bailey, Brooke, Lee, Katie, Elizabeth, Alex, and Joshua; great-grandchildren, Brianna, Tanner, Hunter and Christopher; in-laws, Betty Heine of Terre Haute, IN, James (Barbara) Broussard, of Beaumont, Texas; and sister- in-law, Mercedes “Mercy” Pierson, of Beaumont, Texas; plus numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and many, many friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William “Alex” Broussard, her son, Thomas “Tom” Broussard, and her grandson Thomas “Tommy” Broussard.

The family would like to thank Mom’s sorority sisters of Beta Sigma Phi who were more than just friends, the entire community of Beaumont for their love and support, and also the doctors and nurses of St. Elizabeth’s for their wonderful care of Mom.

A gathering of Mrs. Broussard's family and friends will begin at 4:00 p.m. followed by a Christian Vigil at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont, with her interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont

Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaumont Rainbow Room, P.O. Box 5974, Beaumont, Texas 77726; Beaumont Botanical Gardens, 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77705; Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, 2780 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas 77703; or to the Beaumont Heritage Society, 2240 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

Please observe social distancing guidelines. By attending any public event you are acknowledging the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. Please follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov.

Video

Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary -McFaddin Avenue
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77701
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Christian Vigil
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
6:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church
6825 Gladys Beaumont, TX 77706
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
11:00 a.m.
Interment
Magnolia Cemetery
2291 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (33)

  • Judy Dishman

    18 November 2020 at 20:44 | #

    Dear Broussard Family, my deepest sympathy to all of you. Marie, Boo, George,myself go way back. We went to A&M games together & I have many fond memories of our times together. Marie was "Special" and love and admired by all who knew her. She is missed by all of you and this community. My love to all, Judy

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  • Boyd Mothe Jr

    02 November 2020 at 15:53 | #

    So sorry to learn about Mrs Marie passing. Hurricane Zeta has me with limited internet and electricity. I will keep your family in my daily prayers. Mrs Marie was such a lovely lady and always had that wonderful smile. I have so many fond memories , our family will miss her dearly. She now joins Alex and Tom in God’s kingdom as she smiles down on us from above. Cheers to a life well lived Mrs Marie! God Bless the Broussard family.

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  • Amy Hunt

    02 November 2020 at 14:34 | #

    The world has lost a wonderful woman. However, I know the reunion in Heaven is spectacular. My deepest sympathy to the entire Broussard family on the loss of Marie.

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  • Mark Higgins

    31 October 2020 at 10:15 | #

    Marie was a human dynamo, all in 100% when it came to family, friends and community. Her beautiful obituary summarizes a life of goodness, generosity and deep Christian faith. Nothing seemed impossible for this incredibly capable woman. Having known Marie almost 40 years through NSM, she was sort of like another mom, and "mother" me she did on many occasions! Alex & Marie were a force of nature, lighting up any room they walked into with effusive warmth, fun and genuine love. You could hear them coming a mile away! Dear Broussard family, all of us who adored Marie mourn her death with you, holding on to priceless memories of this exquisite lady. We give thanks for the gift of Marie and the sheer delight in knowing her. May she rest safely in God's eternal care as she rejoins her Alex and Tom. Peace and blessings to you in this sad time.

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  • Colleen Burns

    30 October 2020 at 17:52 | #

    I was very saddened to hear of Marie's passing. I have known her for many years, having some children the same age. She was a very lovely lady and will be missed by many.

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  • Barbara Courville

    30 October 2020 at 01:41 | #

    So sorry for your loss. We will miss Marie’s calm, her smiles, and her sincerity. So sorry we we’re unable to attend. Our prayers are with you all.

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  • Rich and Chris Barranco Thompson

    29 October 2020 at 17:34 | #

    We are saddened and so sorry for your loss of Marie. She will be missed by many. With your faith and God’s help He will wrap His arms around you to comfort you. We have heard these beautiful sayings; “The gift from God is eternal life through Jesus”. “Each soul is a beautiful flower that passes from this earth only to bloom again in heaven’s garden”. Your families are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  • W. L. Pate

    29 October 2020 at 16:42 | #

    To my dear friends,the Broussard family
    All of us who were fortunate enough to know Marie were truly blessed. She was a genuine and caring person who made a difference by making our world a better place. She was loved by many. God bless you. W. L. and Sherrene

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  • Sandy Taylor

    29 October 2020 at 03:28 | #

    Since my move away from Beaumont, I didn’t get to visit with Marie as much but when we did see each other we could pick up where we left off before. Friends for over 30 years, we were involved in several organizations together. I will greatly miss being able to visit with her here. Her energy was outstanding and her capacity for love without equal. My sincerest sympathies to each of the children, their families and other friends who share my loss.

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  • Thomas Sigee

    28 October 2020 at 17:26 | #

    To the Broussard Family you have my condolences, I had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Marie on a few projects she was extraordinary and gracious and she would light up the room. I will continue to pray for the family during this difficult time.

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  • Sandra Womack

    28 October 2020 at 15:52 | #

    Ms. Marie definitely had a servants heart and will be missed by SETX. May God comfort the Broussard family and grant them peace in the days ahead.

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  • Lindsey Parish

    28 October 2020 at 03:01 | #

    Marie was one of the kindest and most selfless people I have ever met. I met her when I worked at the Catholic Student Center and she would come help us cook and serve food to the students every week. She was a true servant leader and I feel blessed to have known her and to have seen her doing what she did best- serving others. My condolences and many prayers for the family.

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  • Ray and Angela Baker

    28 October 2020 at 01:42 | #

    Marie was a true Proverbs 31 lady! Ladies like her are rare. Our sympathy to the Broussard family.

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  • Margaret Green

    28 October 2020 at 00:43 | #

    Marie was such a strong and compassionate soul. I appreciate her kind thoughts and wisdom after the death of my husband , Marty.

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  • Mary Pat Jones

    27 October 2020 at 13:46 | #

    Amazing Marie! A living saint and now She is joining her dear husband Alex and son Tom in heaven! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends that will miss her so much!

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  • Minnie Zummo Lindsey

    27 October 2020 at 02:27 | #

    My heartfelt sympathy go to the family of Marie who was a friend for many years This gracious kind and loving Marie will be missed.May she rest in peace.

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  • Cindy Shapley

    26 October 2020 at 17:53 | #

    Wow, we will all miss our Sister in Beta Sigma Phi, Laureate Zeta Delta Chapter. Marie has always been a caring, giving person that we all could aspire to be. We’ve all suffered a great loss.

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  • Sandy and David Huddleston

    26 October 2020 at 14:08 | #

    A true example of how we should all live! She will be missed by all that she touched. My condolences to the Broussard family.

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  • Nancy Curre

    26 October 2020 at 12:38 | #

    What a beautiful & kind soul heaven has gained! Enjoyed working with Marie & Alex thru Rotary & working with her over the years in various volunteer endeavors.. She will certainly be missed by Southeast Texas.

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  • Faye Prejean

    26 October 2020 at 03:07 | #

    My condolences to the family of Marie may her soul rest in peace

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  • Barbara & Tom Leicht

    26 October 2020 at 03:01 | #

    Very sad to hear Marie passed away. Marie ,like all of the Broussard family have always been good friends of the Leicht and Hebert families. Marie goes back many years and we have always admired her and thank her for being such a good friend. May Her Soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed REST_IN_PEACE.

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  • Patricia Furby

    26 October 2020 at 01:27 | #

    Marie will always be strong in our hearts & minds. Fond memories of her wit & compassion for others.

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  • Amy Briggs

    25 October 2020 at 19:24 | #

    Such a kind lady. I had the opportunity to meet and work with Marie during my time at the Beaumont Heritage Society. Even after I left, it was always such a pleasure to see her and visit with her. She will be missed.

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  • Carolyn C. Lacoste

    25 October 2020 at 18:53 | #

    My thoughts & prayers are w/each & all of the Broussard Family. I pray God with His Almighty Blessings will shower Marie w/much peace & Joy as she begins her eternal life in God’s Kingdom of heaven! rRIP Marie, a true lady!

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  • Robert Anthony Thompson and Joyce Thompson

    25 October 2020 at 16:31 | #

    Our hearts are broken by the loss of a dear friend and neighbor, Marie.. Also a lady I have known all my life. God has another angel in Heaven.

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  • CLYDE PEYTON RICHMOND

    25 October 2020 at 16:23 | #

    a wonderful lady-i worked arround her a many times--great to remember her and her deceased husband--wonderful memories !!!!

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  • Roberta McCain

    24 October 2020 at 23:51 | #

    Dear Broussard family,
    My heart breaks for you. Marie was a wonderful lady and such an asset to the community. I met her through my late husbands work with the Heritage society, when she chose him to set up the blacksmith shop that had been given by the family of a blacksmith in San Augustine, after that gentleman died. Eddie was a blacksmith from the old school and skilled in that craftsmanship. Through the years our friendship deepened with all of you. When Eddie was in M D Anderson his last few weeks, Marie had Alex bring her by and visit us there for about half an hour.. what an unselfish thing. It meant a lot to us both, but Eddie especially.
    I cherish that memory and kindness which was who Marie was. May God bring comfort and peace to all of you and her memory and legacy lives in through each of you. Love you much❤️

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  • Annie Elizabeth Arnold

    24 October 2020 at 21:56 | #

    Marie was such a gracious and generous lady. Our condolences to all of the Broussard family.

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  • Ellen Baber

    24 October 2020 at 20:28 | #

    I can’t believe she is gone. Wow what an extraordinary woman. I was honored to work for the Broussard family for many years and she always treated me like family. I remember our visits and chats and just loved her so much. I know that she was greeted by Pop Pop and Tom and they are so happy to be with each other again. She will be missed terribly by her family and those that where blessed to know her. Heaven surely gained a beautiful angel and a beautiful soul.

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  • Thomas Dearbonne and Family

    24 October 2020 at 19:10 | #

    Our sincere heartfelt condolences to the Broussard
    Family! God Bless you all.

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  • Judi and Ronnie Benoit

    24 October 2020 at 18:50 | #

    Broussards,

    This world has lost an amazing lady.
    God rest her sweet soul and comfort her family

    Judi and Ronnie Benoit

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  • Kathy kratz

    24 October 2020 at 18:05 | #

    Loved by so many people, she was so funny and a grand lady! I feel so lucky to have known her thru PTA, Rainbow Room, volunteering, Community partners , etc. her Angel wings must be gold ❤️❤️

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  • Terry France

    24 October 2020 at 16:11 | #

    A fine lady. A true friend. My heartfelt condolences to all of the Broussard family.

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