Elester VanPelt Pryor

January 30, 1925 - March 31, 2020

Elester Pryor

Elester VanPelt Pryor, 95, of Silsbee, died Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  She was born on January 30, 1925, in Blox, Texas, to Cora Cooper VanPelt and Henry Manson VanPelt.

Survivors include her children, Noel Pryor and his wife, B.J., of Spurger; Pat Pryor and his wife, Janet, of Brookland; and Cheryl Jones and her husband, David, of Evadale; grandchildren ,Bridget Guidry and husband, Dean; Cody Royer and wife, Jenny; Beverly Pryor; Amber Barrington and husband, Dallas; Carman Hinson and husband, Courtney; Charman Balla and husband, Brian; Chrystan Pryor; Weston Pryor and wife, Leslie; Helen Waguespack and husband, Shawn;  twenty-three great-grandchildren; and sister, Pansy Moulder and husband, Kenneth, of Colmesneil.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Nolan Lewis Pryor; son, Rickey Pryor; and numerous siblings.

She retired from Southwestern Bell in 1982 after many years of service.  She treasured her friends with the Silsbee Garden Club where she was a lifetime member; she took great pride and loved working in her yard.  She enjoyed traveling with her friends in the states as well as Ireland, Scotland, and Switzerland.  As a dedicated volunteer, Elester gave countless hours of her time over the years as an Ombudsman, also volunteered with M.H.M.R., at The Silsbee Public Library, The Sunshine Resale Shop, and the H.O.S.T. Program in the Silsbee Public Schools.  She adored her family and cherished all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Elester loved her church and worshipping with friends and family.

A graveside service for Mrs. Pryor will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 3, 2020, at Magnolia Springs Cemetery, under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.

Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Graveside Service
Magnolia Springs Cemetery
Highway 96 North Kirbyville Texas
Friday, April 03, 2020
11:00 a.m.
Magnolia Springs Cemetery
30.729522 Zzz94.031537

Comments (11)

  • Donya McLaurin

    15 April 2020 at 18:32 | #

    She was such a special lady. I have so many great memories of her. She will be missed by all who knew her. The last time mama and went to visit her at her home she was miking one of her famous pound cakes I will never see a pound cake and not think of her Prayers for all . Fly High Ms. Elester and be sure to give my Daddy a big hug when you see him I know he was there to greet you. Love Donya


  • Martha Harrell Dean

    05 April 2020 at 18:40 | #

    Sending My Deepest Sympathy to all of you during this difficult time.


  • Cheryl Owens

    04 April 2020 at 17:58 | #

    Praying God's Peace and Comfort for all the family When I think of Mrs. Pryor the first thing that comes to mind is how much she adored her family and all the Joy that radiated from her She was an inspiration to me and all that knew her Her faith in God was unshakable no matter the circumstances She may not be on this earth now but the great legacy she leaves behind will never end What a blessing to have known her and know this is only a period of separation, we will see her again I'm grateful to God for the blessing she was to me Praying for you all ❤


  • Peggy & Ron Scarborough/Georgetown, TX

    04 April 2020 at 02:56 | #

    Our hearts hurt for you and yours....such a legacy.....❤️


  • Jennifer E. Doornbos

    03 April 2020 at 05:07 | #

    Noel and Pat, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Know you and your families will be in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Sharon Freeman

    03 April 2020 at 02:27 | #

    I have such wonderful childhood memories of Elester. Sher was always so kind and went out of her way to make us feel welcome when we visited church in Silsbee. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers!


  • Janet Kraus

    02 April 2020 at 13:00 | #

    I’m so sorry to hear that your mom has passed. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to know her. Sending love and prayers.


  • Brenda Rawls

    02 April 2020 at 06:12 | #

    Prayers for Family


  • Debbie Richardson Lacey

    02 April 2020 at 01:39 | #

    Cheryl, Pat & family I am so sorry for your loss of a special & sweet lady/neighbor. I'm sending my thoughts & prayers to you all. Love , Margaret Richardson & Debbie Richardson Lacey


  • Barbara & Cecil Arnold

    01 April 2020 at 23:46 | #

    Noel & B.J. ,so very sorry for your loss, no doubt all of you are heavy hearted. May God comfort you during this very sad time.


  • Sue Lindeman

    01 April 2020 at 19:48 | #

    Cheryl and Family !! I am so sorry of your mom's passing. What an awesome lady. Never ever knew anyone near her age that was as active as she was. What a blessing. All of you are so lucky to have had for your mother !!! She was such a blessings for being a friend me and my family. Love and Prayers. Kenneth and Sue Lindeman and Family


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