Keri Leigh Rienstra

March 04, 1972 - July 15, 2019

Keri Rienstra

Keri Leigh Rienstra, 47, died July 15 at her home in Beaumont. She was born on March 4, 1972, in Beaumont, to Mary Phyllis and Bobby Frank Pope. 

Keri was a mother, wife, daughter, and friend and she was everyone’s big sister. Keri always listened and she was always on your side; If you didn’t know what side you needed to be on, she did. If she didn’t have an answer for you, she gave you her shoulder and cried with you. 

She is survived by her parents; husband Richard Wiley Rienstra Jr.; daughter Mary Addison Rice, son Andrew Rice, daughter Avery Rice, daughter Aidanne Rice, brother Aaron Pope and wife Lauren, sister Jenny McLeod and husband Chad, nieces Chloe McCleod and Cainsley McLeod, and numerous extended family members and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Mary and H.L. Cessac and paternal grandparents, Retha and Everett Pope. 

A gathering of Keri’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2019, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson Street, Beaumont, with her interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, with a reception to follow at Keri’s home. 

Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
A Gathering of Mrs. Rienstra's Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Thursday, July 18, 2019
5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
700 Jefferson Beaumont, TX 77701
Friday, July 19, 2019
11:00 a.m.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (46)

  • Edie Jennings Gruber

    10 January 2020 at 17:11 | #

    My girls Bridgette Silvernail, Blythe Cox ,Karen Aguillard and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of sweet Keri.. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you all..


  • Dennis and Mary Anger

    23 September 2019 at 17:59 | #

    Bobby and Phyllis, We are deeply saddened by the passing of your daughter, Keri Leigh. May you continue to find comfort and encouragement in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our prayers.


  • Kristen golson-fuller

    23 July 2019 at 13:16 | #

    Dear Phyllis,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter! Prayers and heartfelt condolences to you and her children, husband. and all of her family, friends.


  • Jan Nycum Ray

    21 July 2019 at 23:23 | #

    Phyllis, Bobby and family, Sending prayers and hugs of comfort. I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter.. Your family is in my heart and prayers.


  • Sherron Sanders

    19 July 2019 at 15:47 | #

    We are so sorry to hear this. Tammy said she ran into y’all a few years ago at a game.. I have thought of you often thru the years and we will be praying for your family in the days ahead.


  • Michelle DeVersa Panneton

    19 July 2019 at 14:40 | #

    I am so very sorry to hear of Keri's passing. My heart and prayers go out to her children, family and friends. RIP Keri!


  • Albert A. Thomas

    19 July 2019 at 02:59 | #

    My condolences to the Pope, Rice and Reinstra families. I mourn with you and pray that peace and comfort is bestowed upon I cherish the high school memories of our chats during govt and history classes.


  • Liz Lovoi Welch

    18 July 2019 at 22:45 | #

    Tommy and I are saddened by Keri's passing. She leaves a hole in many hearts. We send our heartfelt condelences and prayers for the entire family.


  • Maddie Sheppard and Family

    18 July 2019 at 22:24 | #

    Our hearts go out to dear Mary and the entire family during this difficult time. May you find strength and solace in the cherished memories of beautiful Keri.


  • Dennis and Janis Young

    18 July 2019 at 18:27 | #

    Phyllis, Bobby and family
    Our prayers are with you asking the Father to comfort you at this time. Our deepest love and sympathies.


  • Margaret Bood

    18 July 2019 at 15:44 | #

    Phyllis, I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope that your good memories will sustain you through this difficult time. God Bless.


  • Frank W. Richardson,III

    18 July 2019 at 06:40 | #

    My heartfelt condolences to the Pope and Rienstra families. So many fond memories of Teresa and Keri as best friends in high school. Designing clothes and planning on someday having their own clothing line. Keris always smiled and brought radiance to any ro0m she entered. I pray God holds you all tight an watches over the family during this time of grief.


  • Debbie Landry Ridgway

    18 July 2019 at 04:35 | #

    Bobby, Phyllis, and family, I was so very sorry to hear of the passing of your daughter. Although I had not seen Keri since she was a toddler, I see what a beautiful young woman she became. I know you both were very proud of her. Please accept my sincere condolences. I pray that God provides you with both peace and strength in the coming weeks.. thinking of you all.


  • Laurie Judice Barnard

    18 July 2019 at 02:14 | #

    I am so sorry for your loss. May God keep and comfort you.


  • Linda Crosby Mack

    18 July 2019 at 00:19 | #

    Phyllis and family. My heart breaks for you and your family. Keri was an amazing person. The last time I saw her was years ago at the ball park. One of her kiddos was playing ball against my grandson it doesn’t seem that long ago. I just want you to know I am praying for you and for God to wrap his arms around you and protect you. I am so sorry for your loss.


  • Shelly Jordan

    17 July 2019 at 18:27 | #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember Keri as a very sweet friend in high school. Many prayers for your family.


  • Walter and Lois Snider

    17 July 2019 at 17:48 | #

    Phyllis, Bobby, and family
    Thinking about with love during these tough times. Keri is a hero to me. She fought the valiant fight.
    Much love.
    Lois and Walter


  • Sheila Thibodeaux

    17 July 2019 at 17:03 | #

    Mr. & Mrs. Pope, I will always have wonderful memories of Keri as my sweet friend from Austin Middle School. It was wonder to visit with you and with her at our daughters' basketball games a couple of years ago. I am so sorry for this great loss to you and your entire family. I will see you Friday. My daughter Mary will Altar serve.


  • Clint Welch

    17 July 2019 at 16:46 | #

    Heartfelt condolences for the entire family. God please wrap your loving arms around this family and bring them to comfort and peace in the days ahead.

    Clint and Sarah Welch


  • Peggy McKinney Coleman

    17 July 2019 at 14:03 | #

    Richard so sorry to hear about Keri My thoughts and prayers are with the family.


  • Sue Jobse

    17 July 2019 at 11:58 | #

    We have lost a one of a kind, light up a room raye of sunshine. My heart breaks for my grandchildren. They are and always will be the most wonderful gift she could have possibly given me. I will love and miss you Keri. Until we meet on the other side, please know that Addi, Andrew, Avery and Aidanne are my first priority... I will do my best to keep all of them safe and happy. I love all of you to the moon and back! Granny.


  • W. L. Pate

    17 July 2019 at 06:16 | #

    Phyllis,, Bobby and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you and your family.
    W. L. Pate, Jr


  • Mandy

    17 July 2019 at 06:11 | #

    I wish I could write something to make you feel better. This is so unfair. Keri is one of the best people I've ever known. I love her and y'all so much. I wish I could be there. My heart is.
    You know we joked about having another big birthday party together. We're still going to one day. It's gonna be huge!


  • Denise Cessac Vidrine

    17 July 2019 at 05:37 | #

    Phillis and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
    Ro Cessac, Denise and Ricky Vidrine


  • Brian and Rossana Bobbitt

    17 July 2019 at 03:18 | #

    Praying for the family and wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow and comfort in the midst of pain. RIP Keri.


  • Michelle Johnson

    17 July 2019 at 01:25 | #

    Sending love and comfort to your family at this difficult time.


  • Monica Thibodeaux Guillory

    17 July 2019 at 01:17 | #

    I am so heartbroken over the loss of this beautiful lady.
    Please feel the love and prayers of the Thibodeaux Guillory family.


  • Debbie (Parfait) Booth

    17 July 2019 at 00:41 | #

    Dear Bobby, Phyllis, Aaron and Jenny and Keri’s family...
    words cannot express my profound sympathy in the loss of this precious young lady. Please know my love and prayers are with each of you.


  • Sherry (Baker) Sewell

    16 July 2019 at 23:48 | #

    Phyllis and Bobby, I am so very sorry for the loss of your daughter Keri. I know this is such a difficult time for you and the family. Prayers lifting that you all feel God’s loving and comforting arms around you as He carry’s you through this difficult time. Love and Sympathy, Sherry Baker Sewell


  • Sally Schroeder and Bid Schroeder

    16 July 2019 at 23:28 | #

    May God give you the peace you so deserve. Keri is in heaven now with no pain and with God's loving arms around her. We love you all and will keep you all in our prayers. Love,Sally and Bid


  • Bethany Jewell

    16 July 2019 at 23:22 | #

    My sweet friend my heart is broken. Prayers of peace for your dear family.


  • Amy & Tim Coppage

    16 July 2019 at 23:08 | #

    My heart is broken. I have so many beautiful memories. Wishing you peace and comfort . I love you guys.


  • Libbie and James Stinson

    16 July 2019 at 22:41 | #

    Phyllis and Bobby we are so sorry to hear this news. Prayers to you and Keri's family. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you strength and peace.
    James and Libbie Stinson


  • Diane Cannon

    16 July 2019 at 22:35 | #

    We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful angel. May God’s Love and Peace Be With You at this very difficult time.


  • Sandra Womack

    16 July 2019 at 22:01 | #

    Praying for all of you during this sad time. May God watch over and comfort each of you.


  • Frank and Pam Nance

    16 July 2019 at 19:30 | #

    Bobby and Phyllis our hearts break for you and your family Keri, was such a sweetheart and a wonderful person. Amy and Missy send their love and prayers !


  • Connie Mabry

    16 July 2019 at 19:21 | #

    Words cannot express our sadness for you and all of her precious family. Our prayer is that God will hold each of you in His loving arms and provide you with strength, healing and peace. Hold onto each other and be there for each other. God will provide His grace to see you through.


  • Don Sandell

    16 July 2019 at 19:19 | #

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Pope and Family,
    I am so sorry, my heartfelt condolences go out to the entire family. I have so many fond memories, I will miss the presence of a truly lovable person. I pray that God will grant you the strength needed during this time.


  • Kathy kratz

    16 July 2019 at 19:18 | #

    My heart is with all of you Keri was a bright light in all of our lives! She will shine from heaven’s stars!


  • Sarah Makin Craigen

    16 July 2019 at 19:04 | #

    Prayers for each of you during this difficult time, May God wrap his arms around you and comfort your family. Keri was an amazing person and will be missed greatly.


  • LaRue Nance

    16 July 2019 at 18:50 | #

    Our deepest sympathies, and heartfelt prayers for your peace, are with the family and all who loved her. Keri was a beautiful person both inside and out. We know she will be missed greatly. Love, LaRue, Linda, Amy, and Missy.


  • Cristy Oliver

    16 July 2019 at 14:01 | #

    My heart and prayers go out to each of you missing such a sweet soul as Keri.


  • Liz Sandell

    16 July 2019 at 13:38 | #

    Such overwhelming sadness to lose beautiful Keri. My love to Phyllis and Bobby, may God guide you through this tragedy with His grace and peace. Keri will always remain beautiful and young in our hearts.


  • Annette Todd

    16 July 2019 at 05:41 | #

    Dear Phyllis and family, I can’t believe our beautiful, sweet girl is gone. My heart is broken. Mandy texted me just a little while ago, and I am still in disbelief. I have so many sweet, funny many memories of Keri from Kindergarten all the way through high school. She will be forever alive in my heart. I love all of you and am praying for God to wrap his arms around you and bring you the comfort that only He can. If there’s anything you need, please don’t hesitate to call me.


  • Lisa Kratz

    16 July 2019 at 03:52 | #

    I received word tonight that Keri passed away earlier today. I am still a little in shock that such a wonderful, sweet, funny and loving person is gone. Y'all are in my prayers during this time of your loss. With my deepest sympathies, Love Lisa


  • Andy Saldana

    15 July 2019 at 23:09 | #

    Wishing you all comfort, peace, love, understanding and healing.

    The Saldaña’s


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