Donna Jeanne Craigen

November 29, 1943, May 10, 2019

Donna Jeanne Craigen

Donna Jeanne Craigen, 75, of Hamshire, died Friday, May 10, 2019. She was born on November 29, 1943, in Villa Rica, Georgia, to Carmen Maureen Wortham Sauls and James Perry Sauls.

Donna graduated from Fannett High School in 1961—the last class to graduate prior to the consolidation of the Hamshire and Fannett ISDs. She was an all-district basketball player for the Lady Falcons during her high school years and remained an avid basketball fan to the very end (the San Antonio Spurs were her favorite team and Manu Ginobili was one of her favorite players). Her love of sports also found her volunteering for the local Little League Baseball organizations and travelling with the Hamshire-Fannett Golden Girls to drill team functions, performances, camps, and competitions.

After the nest was empty, she kept books for twenty or so years for R&L Drilling / Red & Leon Hopson as well as other endeavors for Leon. She loved nothing more than dancing a good jitterbug or slow song with her husband, JW, and also cherished their time deer hunting with friends and family in the Texas Hill Country.

Survivors include her son, Brandon Breaux of Hamshire; daughters, Terri West of Hamshire; Sandy Craigen and Vicki Yeager, both of Port Acres; and Janette Sattler and her husband, Reggie of Hamshire; and Lanette Clark and her husband, Cully Daigle, of Fannett; grandchildren, Tyler West; Brent Thrasher; Tanner LeBlanc; Courtney Duhon and her husband, Seth; Tye LeBlanc; Kade Clark; and Ryan McDaniel; great-grandchildren, Marlee Duhon and Allie Duhon; and sister, Phyllis Darlene German.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.W. Craigen; sister, Constance June Jetsel; and brother, Randy Alan Caruthers.

A gathering of Mrs. Craigen’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Broussard’s, 134 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 16, 2019, at First Baptist Church, 25304 TX-124, Hamshire, with her interment following at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Craigen’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, Tennessee 38105, or Southeast Texas Food Bank, 3845 South Martin Luther King Jr Parkway, Beaumont, Texas 77705.


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Winnie
134 W. Buccaneer Drive- Winnie, TX 77665
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
First Baptist Church of Hamshire
25304 Highway 124 Hamshire, TX 77622
Thursday, May 16, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (6)

  • Larry Windham

    16 May 2019 at 20:14 | #

    Donna was loved and admired by so many. She treated everyone like a best friend. Donna's soul is in the arms of angels where she can Rest In Peace forever. Lots of great memories will last generations.


  • James D "Jimmy' Salles

    15 May 2019 at 13:13 | #

    Burrell Loop and Lovell's Lake was always exciting with Donna Jeanne. That was long, long ago and far, far away! Good times! Bless you all!


  • Tonya LeDay

    13 May 2019 at 17:20 | #

    I give my condolences to the family. I will keep all in my prayers.


  • Cheryl Caruthers

    13 May 2019 at 16:59 | #

    So sorry you lost st her but now she is out of pain. Prayers for all.


  • Jannell LeBlanc and Jo-J Johnson

    13 May 2019 at 16:15 | #

    Sorry for you loss. May she rest in peace.


  • Brenda Skinner

    13 May 2019 at 00:14 | #

    So Sorry for your loss.


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