Patricia Ann Malain

February 23, 1936 - September 09, 2020

Patricia Malain

Patricia Ann Phelan Malain, Patsy to her family and friends and Mawmaw to her grandchildren, died peacefully September 9, 2020 at the age of 84 following a long illness. 

She was born February 23, 1936 to John Henry Phelan, Jr. and Patricia Ann Nelson Phelan. She attended Catholic schools in Beaumont with her beloved ‘Holy Eight’ friends and went on to receive a baccalaureate from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York in 1958. She married Harold Malain, Sr. in 1958 at Saint Anne’s Catholic Church, and together they raised five children. 

She was a life-long educator, teaching elementary and middle school in Beaumont and Port Bolivar for over twenty years, and passed her love for learning on to her children and grandchildren. She had a lifelong passion for watching birds and all kinds of wildlife in her native Texas and in the Flat Irons of Boulder, Colorado, where she spent time every summer with her family from childhood until her later years. She and her husband, Harold, lived for several decades on the Bolivar Peninsula, where she took daily walks along the beach. Mawmaw’s Beach House was always her grandchildren’s favorite place to visit—a place that felt magical and welcoming. She was well known for having the most contagious laugh, which conveyed her love for life and for her family, and she will be remembered for her kind spirit, generosity, and the many delightful family stories which gave every child and grandchild a wealth of loving memories. She will be deeply missed by all.     

She is survived by: sister Mary Ann Edson (John), brothers-in-law Msgr. Dan Malain and Dr. John Malain (Jo Lois), sister-in-law Paula Sherman; children Dr. Ann Malain (Jeanne), Harold Malain, Jr., (Cathy), Robert Malain, Mary Brocato (Walter), and Susan Grasso (Angelo); and grandchildren Fr. Michael Malain, Luke Malain (Debbie), Nicholas Malain, Nicole Ernzen (Brandon), Owen Malain, Emma Brocato, Sam Brocato, Rosie Brocato, Mary Grasso, Joey Grasso, and Danny Grasso.

Preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold Malain, Sr.; and brothers John Henry Phelan III, Frank Phelan, David Phelan, and Jimmy Phelan.

A gathering of Mrs. Malain's family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with a Rosary recited at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., under the direction of Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. The service may be viewed through live-stream at the following link:

Our many thanks for the excellent and loving care she received at Sundance Memory Care and through Traditions Hospice in Austin.

Memorial contributions for Mrs. Malain may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation (

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Broussard's Mortuary
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Gathering of Family and Friends
St. Anne Catholic Church
2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77702
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 a.m.
St. Anne Catholic Church
2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77702
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:30 a.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Anne Catholic Church
2715 Calder Beaumont, TX 77701
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
11:00 a.m.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (4)

  • Frances Sheffield

    11 September 2020 at 19:29 | #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you .. So happy to have known Patsy a beautiful lady. Robert & Frances Sheffield


  • Mary Beth Adrian Cloninger

    11 September 2020 at 17:22 | #

    Patsy was such a special person, always so happy to see us. She was a favorite classmate of my brother, Dick Adrian, We will remember her wonderful laugh and spirit. May happy memories console you.


  • Elizabeth Cloninger

    11 September 2020 at 02:28 | #

    I am sorry to hear of Miss Patsy's passing and praying for comfort for the family.. She was always so full of energy and joy, with the best laugh,


  • Lilli Phelan Bean

    10 September 2020 at 20:43 | #

    Dear Mary Ann and all the many Malain's, Patsy was such a big spirit in her tiny frame. A precious cousin with a twinkle, some giggles and so often smiling. As my Phelan first cousins meet up there all before them are enjoying a real Irish Wake or I guess RE-awakening. My love and wish that this loss will be overwhelmed with peace. Darling Harold waited long enough.


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