Deborah Jane “Debbie” Broome

June 9, 1955 - March 10, 2023

Deborah Jane Wilson Broome passed away unexpectedly on March 10, 2023, in Beaumont, Texas, surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born in Houston, Texas, on June 9, 1955, to Truman and Peggy Wilson. She attended Pine Tree High School in Longview, Texas, graduating in 1973 and then attended Sam Houston State University where she received a degree in Criminal Justice. After graduation, she worked for the Gregg County Juvenile Probation Office.

She married Mark Broome in June of 1978, and started the first of her careers- that of a Navy Wife, in which Debbie took great pride. With Mark often at sea or deployed, she moved the growing family to Naval Air Station (NAS) Moffett Field, California; NAS Pensacola, Florida; NAS Whiting Field Florida; Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island; and her favorite- Naval Base Charleston, South Carolina. When Mark entered the Federal Bureau of Investigation, she continued doing the heavy lifting- to Tampa and Sarasota, Florida, Corpus Christi, Texas, the wheat fields of Garden City, Kansas; and finally back home to Texas in Beaumont. In the course of their 44 years of marriage they raised four children and moved 14 times before settling down in Lumberton, Texas, in 1995.

After devoting many years to raising her children at home, she went back to school to become a teacher. She began her teaching career at Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas, where she also coached the boys and girls soccer teams. She continued her teaching career with Beaumont ISD until 2019 when she retired to spend more time with her beloved grandchildren. Debbie was a member of the Dowlen Road Church of Christ.

Debbie was known for her great love of dogs, especially beagles. She enjoyed reading, especially historical nonfiction books, as well as studying her family’s genealogy. She also enjoyed playing word games like Scrabble in which she always dominated her opponent.

She is survived by her husband Mark Broome; her children, Julie Gobert (husband Eric) of Round Rock, Texas; Laurie Kerns of Lumberton, Texas; and Maj. Scott Broome, USA, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and by “Mimi’s Garden” her grandchildren, Hallie Browning, Jack Gobert, Isaac Adams, Benjamin Gobert, Clarabel Gobert, and Lilah Kerns. She will be greatly missed by her family as well as her two lifelong friends, Shelley Love and Becky Glaze.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Roy Steven Wilson; and her youngest daughter, Lesley Jayne Broome.

Debbie was the North Star for the Broome family and a tough lady. She rests at peace in God’s loving arms.

A gathering of Mrs. Broome’s family and friends will begin at 3:00 p.m., with her funeral service to follow at 4:00 p.m., Monday, March 13, 2023, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A graveside service will be 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at Rosedale Cemetery, Armstrong Street, Gladewater.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, 2050 Spindletop Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77705.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • March 13, 2023
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • March 13, 2023
  • 4:00 pm

Graveside Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • March 14, 2023
  • 1:00 pm

Comments (18)

    Walt and Diana Brown says:

    Mark , family and Mini’s garden please accept our deepest condolences. Our Hearst are broken at your sudden loss and our prayers go with you all.
    Sincerely yours

    Scott Pihlaja says:

    Mark and your whole family,
    I am so sorry for your sudden loss of your dear loved one. Words don’t seem to come but know that our prayers are for you now. May God Himself give you peace and comfort in your days of mourning.

    Scott and Mary Jo Pihlaja, 31st

    Rebekka Quast says:

    Mr. Broome,

    I am sending my deepest condolences to you & your family.. I’m so sorry & will be praying for you all.

    Joe & Julie Stanik says:

    We are very saddened by the loss of your wife Debbie. Please know that our prayers of comfort are with you and your family during this very difficult time.
    Joe (23rd Co.)

    Mark H Peterson says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dearest wife and friend. I have been there and I understand the vacuum that you feel now. It isn’t quite real. It never will be. You have lost your soulmate. Now is the time to be strong, you have a lot of official things to take care of. They will be painful. At the risk of being forward, if you choose cremation, save some for home. I will cry for you. I do now. Saying I’m sorry is not enough. I will cry for you and her happiness where she is. You will meet again. No hurry. It will be a blink of an eye in her world together again, your world. God bless you.

    Don Ksiazek says:

    Mark, so sorry for your loss…you, Debbie and your family are on my thoughts and prayers.

    Rick Nielsen says:

    Mark, so sorry to learn of this sudden loss. God’s peace.

    Rick Nielsen, 20th Company.

    Don Gold says:

    My most sincere condolences to you and your family… I’ll keep Debbie, you and your family in my prayers.
    Don Gold ’78

    Drumm McNaughton says:

    Our deepest condolences, my Lima Co brother.

    Henry Van Oss says:

    Mark, so sorry to hear about Debbie’s passing. Our deepest condolences for your loss. You and family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Hank and Anne Van Oss

    Joseph G Fitzgerald says:


    My condolences on your sudden loss. May she be at peace now … while you know deep in your heart, that her life joined with you was a true blessing.

    Joe Fitzgerald ’78

    Bill & Wendy Barnum says:

    Laurie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Lonna Linden(formerly of Pathways) says:

    Mark, Julie,Laurie, Scott and Mimi’s garden,
    I’m so glad to have had a continued relationship with Mrs. Broome. We shared many laughs for hours. She was more than a former co-worker, but my friend. My sons and I are saddened by her passing. Our prayers are with you.

    Andy & Karen Karakos says:

    Mark, We are thinking of you and your family. We fondly remember watching Dallas with you & Debbie, our meeting up again in Charleston and our visit when we were in South Texas.
    Andy & Karen Karakos

    Karen Karakos says:

    Mark, so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. I remember our time in Pensacola and all the Friday nights we got together. She was truly an inspiration. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers .

    Scott and Leslie Provow says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family … your brothers in 21st Company are with you in spirit.

    Lita Wells says:

    Broome, I will be thinking about you, and keeping everyone in my prayers.
    Wish I was there to give a hug! Stay strong and keep the faith my friend..

    Lynn Maurer says:

    Mark, My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Lynn Maurer & the College of Arts and Sciences

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