Mary Jean Neely

December 11, 1932 - August 09, 2018

Mary Jean Neely

Mary Jean Neely, 85, of Beaumont, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, August 9, 2018. She was born on December 11, 1932, in Silsbee, Texas to Mary Harris Flanakin and Samuel Flanakin.

Mary Jean, or “Nan” as referred to by her loved ones, was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to everyone who knew her. Mary Jean loved spending time with family, cooking amazing meals, working in the yard, and attending sporting events of her grandchildren. Mary Jean loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart and soul and she devoted her life to sharing His love with others. Mary Jean purchased and gave away many Bibles over the years to family members, friends and acquaintances and always ended every card or letter with “Always Remember Jesus is your very best friend”.

No one ever left Mary Jean’s home hungry. She loved to cook Sunday dinner and have the family over after church. Her homemade cakes and pies were the best you will ever taste. She had an infectious smile and hearty “wave” that she gave everyone as they drove away from her home. Mary Jean will be missed more than words can say.

Survivors include her children, Peggy Redden of Beaumont, Pama Davis and husband, Clint of Jasper, Ricky Neely and wife, Kathy, of Port Neches; grandchildren, Melissa Perez and husband Art, Nicola Bertrand, Rick Neely, and wife Heather, Kayla Plummer and husband Shawn, Blake Redden and wife Janay, Collin Redden, Randy Redden and Carla Thomas; great-grandchildren, Julian and Jayden Perez, Cole Bertrand, Halle and Rhet Neely, Christian Plummer, Chloe Redden, Taylor, Robert, Holder, and August Redden, and Reagan Redden; siblings, Mulqueen Lindsey and husband Carl, James “PeeWee” Flanakin and wife Glenda, Virginia Baker, and Betty Flanakin and sister-in-law Bonnie Flanakin; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mary Jean is preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Ornal L. Neely; parents, Mary and Samuel Flanakin; brothers Eugene and Julian Flanakin; sisters Eunice Bledsoe, Vernice Woods, Dolly Gammil, Austene Kilpatrick, Frenchie Flanakin, Inez Sharp, Essie Warden, Bobbie Flanakin, Sally Sharp, and Sammy Reeves; son-in-law Robert Redden and grand son-in-law Jimmy Bertrand.

A gathering of Mary Jean’s family and friends will take place Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Broussard’s Mortuary, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont, with funeral services to follow at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, August 12, 2018. Her interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches, Texas.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 700 North Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701.


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Saturday, August 11, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Sunday, August 12, 2018
1:00 p.m.
Oak Bluff Memorial Park
618 Block Port Neches, TX 77651

Comments (7)

  • NL

    21 August 2018 at 11:41 | #

    My sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time. May you all seek God for comfort, peace, strength and support (2 Cor 1:3).


  • Green Meadow Association

    12 August 2018 at 13:37 | #

    Our deepest sympathy go out to you and your family for the loss of your Mom.



    11 August 2018 at 20:27 | #

    Peggy, I am so sorry of your loss.. I recently lost my mom so I know what a big hole your Mom has left in your heart. I send my prayers that with time you will find healing and peace. May God bless you and yours.


  • Terri and Alex Espinoza

    11 August 2018 at 13:57 | #

    Melissa your grandmother sounds like a very caring loving person. I know she will be missed dearly but knowing she is with the Lord gives comfort to all . Prayers during this difficult time. We love y’all


  • Betty STewart

    11 August 2018 at 06:26 | #

    In my prayers


  • Jo Malone and Larry Malone

    11 August 2018 at 06:23 | #

    Our precious and loving family


  • Danny Platt

    11 August 2018 at 02:59 | #

    Sorry to hear about Mary Jean. I have many good memories growing up next door to her and all of you. The last time I saw Gladys smile in her life was when Mary Jean visited her on her death bed. A day I will never forget. Mary Jean could always get a smile out of anybody. They are already catching up over afternoon coffee! We miss them today but will join them again someday. You are all in our prayers.


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