Martha Louise Royall

August 16, 1926 - September 22, 2019

Martha Royall

An industrious and indomitable woman who valued family and hard work, Martha Louise (Legler) Royall, left this earth on September 22, 2019 to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a woman of great faith who was active in her church and Bible study throughout her life.  She enjoyed life to the fullest.

She was born on August 16, 1926, to Rosie Stasney Legler and Frank Legler, in Baytown, Texas.

Martha was very proud of putting herself through Lee College and the University of Texas at Austin. She was married to Thomas Royall for fifty-five years. Thomas and Martha moved their growing family from Baytown to New York to New Orleans to Beaumont as Thomas worked in the oil industry.  Martha and Tom returned to Texas and settled in Beaumont in 1966 where they raised their family. 

While raising six children, she also worked as a substitute teacher, a realtor, and acted as general contractor in building several homes.  In her 70s she returned to school at Lamar University to take classes to better understand computers so that she could text with her fifteen grandchildren.

She continued to be the star domino player at family gatherings up until the very end, bidding up hands in a reckless fashion that scared her partners and opponents alike. 

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Coffey and her husband, Reverend John Hargis; sons, James Royall and his wife, Treva; John Royall and his wife, Patricia; Paul Royall and his wife, Josie; daughters, Ann Bolton and her husband, Michael; Elizabeth Hanzel and her husband, Emery; grandchildren, Laura Gaudet and her husband, Mike; Charlotte Smith and her husband, Ryan; Ben Coffey, Jennifer Royall, Thomas Royall, Austin Royall, Courtni Sanders, Matt Royall and his wife, Hannah; Lindsey Allen and her husband, Josh; Peter Royall, Ariel Royall and her husband, Kyle Gilbreath; Dana Royall, Tyler Bolton, Heather Bolton and her husband, David King; Adam Hanzel, Amanda Hanzel; great-grandchildren, Eleanor, Amelia, Catherine, Cadence, Mallory, Grace, Annie, Violet, Samuel, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-five years, Thomas E. Royall; sisters, Frances Olds, Suzie Barrow; and brother, Leon Legler.

A gathering of Mrs. Royall’s family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3430 Harrison Avenue, Beaumont. Her interment will be at 2:30, at Cedarcrest Cemetery, 3010 Ferry Road, Baytown, Texas 77520.


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Trinity United Methodist Church
3430 Harrison Ave. Beaumont, TX 77706
Thursday, September 26, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Graveside Service
Cedarcrest Cemetery
3010 Ferry Rd, Baytown, TX 77520
Thursday, September 26, 2019
2:30 p.m.

Comments (4)

  • Doug O. Johnson

    26 September 2019 at 19:15 | #

    When I was still barely a teenager and became good friends with John, Mrs. Royall was like a second mother to me. I will always remember her as a generous, welcoming, and lovable lady! You all have my sincerest condolences!


  • Jeany Miller Smith

    25 September 2019 at 18:43 | #

    So sad to say goodbye to such a beautiful, fun loving lady. She once said she wanted more than anything to see Jesus' face. I'm sure she is basking in that Glory today. Thank you for bringing joy and happiness to all. Love you.


  • Gene Paul Miller

    24 September 2019 at 20:16 | #

    Sorry to here about our loss of such a gracefully family member. Aunt Martha was so much fun. I can still remember staying with her a week each summer to go to vacation Bible School in Beaumont. And all the fun we had at Sam Rayburn. That's where I learned Ivory Sope flotes. We had great times at Livingston also. I love you Aunt Martha, and will miss you, but the great memories will always be with me.


  • Anne Alexander

    24 September 2019 at 19:00 | #

    There are a few words I would use to describe Aunt Martha: Faith, Family, and Happiness. Everywhere she went she took all three. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. She will live in my heart forever. Prayers to her family for comfort, and thanks to God for allowing me to know this special person.


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