Melba Dartez

January 29, 1917, November 27, 2017

Melba Glynn Dartez

Melba Glynn Dartez, 100, of Beaumont, died Monday, November 27, 2017, at Ollie Steel Burden Nursing Home, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was born in Morgan City, Louisiana, on January 29, 1917, to Patrick Francis Glynn and Bertha Kiff. Her early childhood was spent between Morgan City and Avery Island, LA. She spent her adolescent years in Southeast Texas at Texla, Rosedale and Port Arthur while her father followed mill work. As a young adult she was back in Avery Island when she met and married the love of her life, Luches P. Dartez. After starting a family with three sons they lived in Avery Island, New Orleans and New Iberia before settling back in Southeast Texas in Beaumont in 1950.

After her husband died Melba was determined not to sit idle. She became active with the Ladies Auxiliary at St. Anthony Cathedral and did volunteer work for Holy Family. There she met and made many friends that sustained until the end.

Melba is preceded in death by her husband, Luches Dartez and son, Luches P. Dartez, Jr.

She is survived by two sons, Gene (Maureen) Dartez of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Terry (Nell) Dartez of Beaumont; daughter-in-law, Sherry Dartez of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia; six siblings, Doris Clair Musemeche of New Iberia, Louisiana, Howard Glynn of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Gerald Glynn, Mary Alice Chauvin, Tommy Glynn, and Bobbie Richard all of Houma, Louisiana; nine grandchildren, Shelton Marc Dartez of Shiloh, Tennessee, Dane Dartez of Tempe, Arizona, Michelle Hopkins of Chandler, Arizona, Mellissa Redfelt of Boise, Idaho, Gale Shepard, James Dartez and Valerie Jaques, all of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Debbie Coward and Darla Eason, both of Lumberton; fifteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A gathering of Mrs. Dartez’s family and friends will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 11:00 a.m., and a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 30, 2017, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson, Beaumont. Interment will follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Family Retreat Center, 9920 North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77713.


Gathering of Family and Friends
St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
700 Jefferson Beaumont, TX 77701
Thursday, November 30, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
700 Jefferson Beaumont, TX 77701
Thursday, November 30, 2017
11:00 a.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
700 Jefferson Beaumont, TX 77701
Thursday, November 30, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Magnolia Cemetery
2291 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (8)

  • Mary Beth Cloninger

    12 December 2017 at 15:51 | #

    Melba was a wonderful volunteer at St. Elizabeth Hospital where I first met her. Through the years we would visit at the Holy Family Center or at dinners at the KC Hall. She was always such a beautiful, gracious lady and I feel blessed to have known her. I regret I am just learning of her death


  • John Marquart

    02 December 2017 at 01:33 | #

    Sincere condolences to you and your family, Terry, in the passing of your Mother.


  • Ethel Prater

    30 November 2017 at 18:58 | #

    My sincere sympathy to Mrs.Dartez family , may God grant you comfort and peace as you reflect on the special memories of her life. She was a blessing to all who knew her. I had the privilege of knowing her and Mr. Dartez for many years, both very special people..


  • mike cacioppo

    30 November 2017 at 05:18 | #

    for many years I enjoyed visiting with melba at 10am mass & at church events. she was always such a pleasant person & at least with me relaxed which was a great counter balance for me. I remember in the last 10 years asking her why I didn't see her as often at 10 mass. that is when she told me it was not as easy for her to always get ready that early. she then revealed to me her age & I couldn't believe it since I thought she was 20 years younger. she was amazing. I will miss her & the cathedral will miss her. we all loved her. mike cacioppo


  • Peggy & Ron Scarborough/Georgetown. TX

    30 November 2017 at 03:37 | #

    Sending our condolences from across the miles...such a sweet lady.


  • Lauren Cranford RN

    29 November 2017 at 03:33 | #

    It was an honor to be a part of Mrs. Melba's care at the end of life. She was a very special lady and I feel blessed to have known her. Thank you, Dartez family, for sharing her with us!

    Pinnacle Hospice
    Baton Rouge, LA


  • Mavis Fore

    29 November 2017 at 00:37 | #

    What a sweet lady, she was! So kind and gentle...I work in the office at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica and got to know Miss Melba when she came regularly on Friday mornings to help stuff flyers in our weekly church bulletin. May she rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon her always. My condolences to all the family.


  • Trina Melissa Redtfeldt

    28 November 2017 at 22:46 | #

    What a remarkable long life my grandmother in peace Maw Maw. It's been way too long since I've seen this whole side of my family but know I send my love............Melissa


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