Rita Jane Dugas Gillespie

January 03, 1932, May 12, 2019

Rita Jane Dugas Gillespie

Rita Jane Dugas Gillespie, 87, of Nederland, died Sunday, May 12, 2019. She was born on January 3, 1932, in Port Arthur, to Edith Barras Dugas and Etienne Mack Dugas. 

Survivors include her daughter, Donna Brown and her husband, Billy, of Liberty; sons, Ersline “Jim” Gillespie of Bevil Oaks and Kirk Gillespie of Nederland; grandchildren, Evan Brown and his wife, Jessica; Ethan Brown and his wife, JoLee; Eric Brown; Tommy Gillespie and his wife, Courtney; Michelle Kilgus and her husband, Joseph; Stacey Gillespie; Lindsey Gillespie; and Tara Gillespie; great-grandchildren, Kaden, Carter, Sam, Addison, Livi, and Lexi Brown; Audrey and Abbey Lanier; Jaycee Brown; Aron and Layton Shellhammer; Obrey, Marin, and Iain Kilgus; Charles Brown; and Stevi Gillespie; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, E.T. “Sam” Gillespie; and siblings, Leonard Dugas, Ovide Dugas, Daniel Dugas, Anne Lemoine, Melba Wells, Claudia Landry, and Verna Evans.

A gathering of Mrs. Gillespie’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 16, 2019, at First United Methodist Church, 1300 Nederland Avenue, Nederland, with her interment following at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Gillespie’s memory to Alzheimer's Association, 700 North Street, Suite M, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
First United Methodist Church - Nederland
13th And Nederland Avenue Nederland, TX 77627
Thursday, May 16, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Oak Bluff Memorial Park-Port Neches
618 Block Street Port Neches, Texas 77651

Comments (4)

  • Disne lapoint

    15 May 2019 at 21:21 | #

    Prayers are with you and your family


  • Belinda Glover

    14 May 2019 at 03:45 | #

    Keeping you and all your family and loved ones in my prayers,


  • Carolyn Gillispie

    14 May 2019 at 01:15 | #

    I was 17 a senior in high school and went dancing in Louisiana with friends. I danced with a young man that worked with your dad and he asked how to get in touch with me. I should have never told him my last name. Sam went home told miss Rita and she called my dad! I was grounded for a month!!!


  • Debbie Durbin

    14 May 2019 at 01:04 | #

    I always loved watching Ms. Rita's videos and listening to her stories. Especially the guy at either the post office or the bank, not sure, but he would always like to dance with Ms. Rita when she went in there. She was a hoot. Was so beautiful and loved her bonnets. Donna, thank you for sharing your mom with the rest of us, We love you, Danny & Debbie AKA "Aunt Debbie and Uncle Danny"


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