Mary Lesley Huddleston

March 28, 1926, January 08, 2019

Mary Huddleston

Mary "Pit" Lesley Huddleston, 92, of Winnie, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones. She was born to Beulah Violet Kutcher and Samuel Eldridge McBride on March 28, 1926, in Port Arthur, Texas. She was a lifelong resident of Winnie, Texas.

 Mary spent her childhood in Bancroft (northwest area of Winnie) on a farm with her siblings and cousins. Her father was a rice farmer, cattle rancher, and a key component of many businesses and organizations in the local area. The family attended East Chambers schools in Winnie, and they were honored with the newly constructed East Chambers agricultural barn, dedicated to her father, S.E. McBride. 

 In 1943, Mary married Archie Esper Huddleston. They were blessed with three sons, Archie, Jr., Larry and Mark; and one daughter, Mary Cristeen. Mrs. Huddleston was a dedicated member of the St. Louis Catholic Church. She received certification to teach Christian Doctrine classes at St. Anne School in Beaumont, Texas. If you knew Pit, you knew what the best “dirty rice” in the world tasted like; she loved to cook, bring meals out to the farmers working in the rice fields, serve members of the church and always had a full lunch table prepared for her family. She loved to garden, and together with her husband, Archie, it could be seen in the numerous plants, flowers, and fruit trees that they housed in their backyard. She always had a fresh pot of coffee for guests, and she dedicated her life to cultivating a home. Her family was blessed as she passed down a legacy of family traditions and love.

 Pit will be remembered as a dear sister to Emily Dale; beloved mother of Larry, Mark and his wife, Gena Huddleston; cherished grandmother of Samuel Mark "Rusty" Huddleston, Jr., Lisa Huddleston Stramecki and Anthony Stramecki, Jennifer and Anthony Vaughan, Emily and Dustin Huff, Ben and Jacy Albrecht; and a doting great grandmother to Ray, Theodore "Teddy", Samuel "Sammy" and Krysta Claire Stramecki, Hank, Jake, and Dane Huff, Mary and Ed Vaughan, Canyon Bruce and Miles Albrecht. 

 Mary Lesley went home to be reunited with her husband, Archie E. Huddleston; parents, S.E. McBride and Beulah McBride; son, Archie E. Huddleston, Jr.; daughter, Mary Cristeen; brothers, Francis McBride and L.W. “Bill” McBride and sister, Anita Jenkins.

 A Rosary for Mrs. Huddleston will be recited at 5:00 p.m. by Rev. D. Stephen McCrate, with her gathering to follow until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Broussard’s, 134 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie.  A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 14, 2019, at St. Louis Catholic Church, 315 Buccaneer Drive, Winnie.

 The family is requesting memorial contributions to East Chambers Education Foundation. Contributions can be sent to 270 School Road, Winnie, Texas 77665 or online contributions can be processed on their website (

Broussard's Mortuary - Winnie
134 W. Buccaneer Drive- Winnie, TX 77665
Sunday, January 13, 2019
5:00 p.m.
Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Winnie
134 W. Buccaneer Drive Winnie, TX 77665
Sunday, January 13, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass
St. Louis Catholic Church
315 W. Buccaneer Drive Winnie, TX 77665
Monday, January 14, 2019
11:00 a.m.
Private Committal
Broussard's Crematorium
5150 Stivers Street Beaumont, TX 77705

Comments (5)

  • Yvonne Stanley

    15 January 2019 at 16:12 | #

    Praying for family. So sorry for your loss


  • Jerri McCown

    14 January 2019 at 14:19 | #

    Mark and family so very sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all


  • Annette Stutes Medlock

    13 January 2019 at 01:42 | #

    My heart goes out to all the members of Pit's family. She was loved and enjoyed by all those who knew and met her. Knowing her all my life has been such a great pleasure and she will be dearly missed. Knowing that she is reunited with her family that has passed before her should be a comfort for those left behind.


  • Roseland (Rosie) Bainum, niece of Anita Jenkins

    11 January 2019 at 21:52 | #

    Pit was a lighting bug in Aunt Nita’s kitchen. I always enjoyed when Pit would drop by. She told great stories.
    You are very lucky to have her for over ninety years. Peace and laughter to everyone.


  • Sheila W Marino

    10 January 2019 at 21:26 | #

    My heart goes out to the entire family for the loss of Pit! We all have suffered the loss of another one of our corner stones! I know your memories are many, hold them close and speak of her often. Archie and Archie jr are rejoicing having her with them! Love y'all, Sheila


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