Marie Antoinette Lester

August 29, 1928 - October 02, 2020

Marie Lester

Marie Antoinette Lester, 92, of Nederland, died Friday, October 2, 2020, at Gulf Health Care Center, Port Arthur. She was born August 29, 1928, in Call, Texas to Bennie Selman Sheffield Palmer and Eugene Addison Palmer.

Marie was not only a devoted lifelong member of First Baptist Church, Nederland but also worked for the church for nineteen years. She sang with the Silver Tones and Celebration Choirs and was a member of the Handbell Choir. She also taught Children’s Sunday School and was the Sunday School Director for Adult 1. Marie was a member of the Pilot Club of Mid-Jefferson County. She installed Lifeline Units in senior citizens homes and worked at the Strawberry Shortcake Booth during the Heritage Festival.

Survivors include her children, Anita Smith and husband, Scott, of Nederland; Mike Lester and wife, DeLaina, of Groves; Bob Lester and wife, Wanda, of Waxahachie, Texas; and Kathy Arena and husband, Mike, of Comfort, Texas; grandchildren, Bobby and wife, Hillary; Jane and husband, Aaron; Christy; Amanda; Amber; Sommer; Lauren; Colby and wife, Sarah; and Travis; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; sister, Barbara Carbaugh and husband Donnie; and sister-in-law, Linda Ford and husband, David.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Bennie and Eugene Palmer; husband, Carroll Wayne Lester; brother, Harold Gene Palmer and wife, Dottie; and grandson, Michael Lester, Jr.

A gathering of Mrs. Lester’s family and friends will begin at 12:30 p.m., with her funeral service at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at First Baptist Church, 1911 Nederland Avenue, Nederland. Her interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches, under the direction of Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church: Music Ministry, 1911 Nederland Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
First Baptist Church - Nederland
Nederland Avenue Nederland, TX 77627
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
First Baptist Church of Nederland
Nederland Avenue Nederland, TX 77627
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
2:00 p.m.
Oak Bluff Memorial Park
618 Block Port Neches, TX 77651

Comments (5)

  • JoEllen Riley

    09 October 2020 at 02:01 | #

    Bob - I'm so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a beautiful woman. Prayers & thoughts are with you. Love JoEllen


  • Debbie Shuff Crain

    06 October 2020 at 23:27 | #

    So sorry for the loss of your mom. Yall will be in our thoughts and prayers.


  • Sandy Boyd

    05 October 2020 at 20:37 | #

    Marie’s father Mr Palmer and my father in law Floyd Boyd spent time in Gulf Health as roommates. Many stories of those Two. Marie was very caring Sweet lady ..


  • Debbie and Randall Rice

    05 October 2020 at 19:08 | #

    Sincerest condolences to family and friends! She definitely will be missed. Was a servant in many ways - financial secretary, handbell ringer, singer, and devoted to her family.


  • Ann Eubanks and Bill Reynolds

    04 October 2020 at 02:01 | #

    She was a very special woman and will be missed by all


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