Annie Lou Lester

January 20, 1941 - August 15, 2021

Annie Lou Lester, 80, of Beaumont, died Sunday, August 15, 2021. She was born January 20, 1941, in Galveston, Texas, to John Jack and Martha Carlene Hobson. Ms. Lester was a dedicated educator for over 40 years, teaching English and Drama.

Survivors include two sons, James Lester of Beaumont and Steven Lester of Vidor; two daughters, Lora Niquette Crain and spouse, Brock of Beaumont and Kimberly Gose and spouse, Kregg of Kentucky; grandsons, Joshua Lester and spouse, Joseph Piazza, Jonathan Lester, Larry Lester, and Travis Piazza; granddaughters, Jessica Lester, Sierra Lester, Sabrina Heggins, Peyton Kovatch, and Morgan Gose; great-granddaughters, Blakley, Avery, Adrianna, Kinley, and Lily; great-grandson, Jackson; brothers, Obie Burrow and Danny Shannon; and nieces Judy Kapchinski-Brenham, Susannah Compton-Houston and Charmane Walton.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Tracy Alane Lester; nephew, Henry “Bubba” Hughes; and sister, Nancy Wright Hughes.

A private gathering of Ms. Lester’s family will take place. Her cremation arrangements will be held through Broussard’s Crematorium, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made online to MD Anderson Cancer Center,


Comments (14)

    Amanda (House) Hayes says:

    I will never forget Ms. Lester! I was one of her students at Cathedral in middle school & high school. She loved telling stories about her past & her family, & we loved listening.
    I know she will be greatly missed! Praying for her family.

    Lora Crain says:

    Yes, she was a great storyteller! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

    James Hahn says:

    So very sorry to hear this. Annie was a beautiful lady, inside and out. Condolences and prayers for her family and friends.

    Lora Crain says:

    Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Yes, she was beautiful, inside and out and had such a warm, caring heart ❤️.

    Virgil & Fay Martel says:

    So sorry to hear this. May God bless your family. Class of 1959.

    Lora Crain says:

    Thank you!

    Virginia Kapchinski says:

    I am sorry to hear of Aunt Annie’s passing. I regret that I was never able to meet her in person, but she was loved no less. Her photo slide show brought me so much joy, smiles, and tears; as she resembles my own Granny Nanny, Nancy Wright Freeman Hughes. It truly is amazing how similarities run in the genes, even though they were separated. My prayers and love goes to the family in this mournful time.

    Lora Crain says:

    Mom was so grateful to have gotten to meet your granny nanny. She talked of their visit months and months afterward. We all could not get over the similarities in their features.
    Thank you for your kind words and thoughts and prayers during this sorrowful time.

    Suzann Stackhouse says:

    Sorry for your loss. I taught English with Annie at Taylor Career Center in Beaumont. A very sweet and thoughtful lady.

    Lora Crain says:

    Thank you for your condolences.

    Kristy Dillard says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Ms. Lester. She was my one of my teachers when I was at Cathedral. Always loved to listen to her sing. She had a beautiful voice. Prayers to the family.

    Lora Crain says:

    Yes! Mother had a beautiful singing voice. You could always hear her singing or humming a tune. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this time.

    Kim and Gerry Frost says:

    Our deepest condolences to the family. Obie and Charmane, should you need anything, we’re here. Annie was a very special lady.

    Lora Crain says:

    Yes, momma was indeed a very special lady and very dear to our hearts. Thank you for your kind words and condolences.

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