Sybil Dene Beck Sitton

October 20, 1926, November 24, 2018

Sybil Beck Sitton

Sybil Dene Beck Sitton passed away on November 24, 2018, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. She was a devoted daughter, wife and mother, aunt and cousin, daughter- and sister-in-law, and friend.

Mother was born October 20, 1926, in Cushing, Texas, to Georgia Libbye Lawrence and Ellis Dene “Honey” Beck. A brother followed in 1928, but sadly lived only a few hours. Her childhood in Cushing was filled with playing with her cousins, sleeping over at her Gran Lawrence’s house, and spending time at her Big Daddy Beck’s drugstore where she could always have as much ice cream as she wanted.

In high school, Mother played the saxophone in the marching band. She was also one of The Gang of Seven - a group of girls who grew up together in rural east Texas, finding joy in swimming in the river or climbing the fire tower just to enjoy the view. They found their life mates together, and remained friends throughout their lives.

Mother and Daddy were high school sweethearts, and after receiving a telegram telling her to “get your wedding dress ready. Your sailor boy is coming home!” she married Joseph Henry Sitton on her nineteenth birthday in 1945 while he was home on leave from the Navy. Her father-in-law always said that she was the prettiest girl in Cushing.

In 1949, Mother and Daddy moved to Pt. Neches so that Daddy could go to work at the Pure Oil Refinery. In 1950, they moved to Beaumont after welcoming the birth of their only child Becky Lind. Mother was a stay at home mom for many years, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t busy! She took pride in making sure her home was always clean and inviting, and a home cooked meal was always on the table when Daddy got home from work. Our family was always at South Park Baptist Church when the doors were open.

Mother’s main job though was taking care of me. She was a seamstress beyond compare. Until I went to college, she made every dress and pantsuit I ever wore – and my dolls frequently had a matching outfit. She taxied me to music and dance lessons on almost a daily basis until I was old enough to drive myself. She spent hours at her sewing machine making the costumes for my dance recitals, gathering yard upon yard of netting for the tutus and sewing hundreds of thousands of sequins on them by hand.

As I grew older, Mother began substitute teaching for the South Park Independent School District where she was in high demand for her skill and discipline in the classroom. Later she worked as secretary at MacArthur Junior High School, first for A. M. Holloway and later for Milton Allardyce. She continued to work for Mr. Allardyce at South Park Middle School until her retirement in 1991.

After they retired, Mother and Daddy discovered a love for travel. They enjoyed many trips and cruises with family and friends, and Mother often noted that they had visited nearly every state in the union including Alaska and Hawaii. They also enjoyed working around their home where Mother tended her patio filled with plants and Daddy worked his garden. They always had a freezer filled with peas and corn that they had gathered and “put up” together.

After Daddy’s death just eleven days shy of their 68th anniversary, Mother moved to Collier Park where she made many friends and took part in many of the activities that were offered. In time, every other Saturday became “nail day” for Mother and me. Mother enjoyed getting out, and our outings always included eating out at Schlotzski’s or Monterrey House. Those outings remain precious memories.

Mother was preceded in death by her parents; husband; her cousins, Dot and Harold Neill and Marjorie Lind and Victor Wilson; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Leona and Herman Sitton; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dagma and Allen Wiggins; her brother-in-law, Taylor Ross; and her niece, Carolyn Wiggins.

She is survived by her daughter, Becky Sitton of Beaumont; her cousin, Mildred McCormack of San Angelo; her sister-in-law, Twink Sitton Ross of Carthage; her nieces, Lisa Wiggins of Jasper and Susannah Romero and her husband, J.W., of Carthage; two great-nieces; and a great-nephew; as well as many other relatives and friends.

We are eternally grateful for the care Mother received from her doctors, Dr. Jeremy Huff, Dr. Mohammad Siddiqui at Harbor Hospice and especially Dr. Scott McKenney, from the nurses on 4 Southeast at St. Elizabeth and at Harbor Hospice, and most especially her long-time care givers, Loraine Mansfield, D’Lyssa Bush, Belinda Dill, and Nina Williams-Adams.

A gathering of Mrs. Sitton's family and friends will begin at 9:00 a.m., with her funeral service to follow at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m., at Cushing Cemetery, Cemetery Circle, Cushing.

Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Graveside Service
Cushing Cemetery
Cemetery Circle, Cushing, Texas 75760
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
3:00 p.m.

Comments (13)

  • Barry Shelton

    07 December 2018 at 08:40 | #

    Becky. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. There are so many good many memories of our dance "family" of which you and your Mom were so much a part of. Good Bless You. Barry Shelton


  • irene h chesnutt

    28 November 2018 at 11:46 | #

    Ms. Sitton was a dear person enjoyed by everyone who worked with her in the South Park Schools. She was admired for her beauty and talents. The Sitton family is the epitome of everything that is good and decent in our country. She and her husband will be missed by all who knew them. I send my regrets to Becky for all that she has lost. With sympathy, Irene H. Chesnutt


  • Robert & Phyllis Lee

    27 November 2018 at 19:09 | #

    Prayers and sympathy for you and your family. We worked together at MacArthur and South Park and our dads worked together at the plant. She was a kind and thoughtful lady. May she rest peacefully in heaven in the arms of Jesus.


  • Judy Hammond

    27 November 2018 at 14:37 | #

    Becky, So sorry to read of your Mother's passing. I remember her from our days at Widman School of Dance. Your tribute to her was beautiful. I hope that many memories will bring you comfort in the days ahead.


  • Becky Dickson Mason

    27 November 2018 at 12:47 | #

    Becky, I’m so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing, but the obituary was beautiful. I loved reading he story of her life. What a beautiful tribute, and I know that your sweet memories will carry you through this rough period.


  • Carolyn Motl

    27 November 2018 at 06:15 | #

    So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful person both inside and out. I'm so happy she and my mother (Mozelle Broussard) got to know each other at church and at Atria. Mother passed the same day as yours. I know they are rejoicing in heaven together. God bless you??❤️


  • Lita Sue Davis Hrbacek

    26 November 2018 at 22:18 | #

    Becky, my deepest and sincerest condolences to you and your family at this time. Mrs. Sutton was a wonderful mentor to me growing up and her kindness demonstrated to me through her Christian faith has never been forgotten. She, and so many others at South Park Baptist Church and the community bestowed on me the attributes of love that only a mother with children of my own could pray for. Thank you, Becky my dear friend for the impact of your family on my life. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days. Sincerely, Lita Sue


  • Karen B Nichols

    26 November 2018 at 22:06 | #

    Sorry to hear of your loss! Loved the wonderful memorial! She was a great lady and will be missed but would love to be in Heaven hearing all the great stories! Prayers for you and your family!


  • NL

    26 November 2018 at 18:28 | #

    My sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time. May you all seek God for comfort, peace, strength and support (2 Cor 1:3).


  • Sandra Curtis Harper

    26 November 2018 at 17:19 | #

    Becky, so very sorry for the loss of your mom. May the wonderful memories you have made give you comfort in the days to come. I pray God's strength, comfort and love envelop you as you walk this season of life. ❤???❤


  • Sharon Stevenson Siebern

    26 November 2018 at 15:29 | #

    My sister Carla and I are so sorry your Mother has passed away. We hope your wonderful memories give you comfort. Our experience is that our Mother is ALWAYS with us even though she has been gone for two years. Every part of our lives are influenced by things she taught us. Be happy in those memories.


  • Craig Kavanaugh

    26 November 2018 at 14:46 | #

    Condolences Becky. May the Lord grant you stregth and comfort.


  • Deborah ANN Walker

    26 November 2018 at 03:17 | #


    I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart breaks for you as I too lost my Mother two years ago. It has been my greatest loss. What a beautiful tribute you wrote for your Mother, it sounds like you have many great memories to cherish. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


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