Doris Mae Cascio

August 3, 1928 - January 15, 2023

Doris Mae Cascio, of Beaumont, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2023, at Harbor Hospice after a long illness. She fought the hard fight, having lived on this earth for 94 years. She was born on August 3, 1928, in Fletcher, Texas, to Bruce and Lela Will.


Doris worked 25 years for the Diocese of Beaumont. Later, she enjoyed volunteering at St. Elizabeth Hospital.  In June of 2022, she retired from Baptist Hospital after 15 years of service, having given 5,037 hours of her time at the Information Desk. She loved watching game shows and working her “Word Search” books, of which she determined kept her mind “sharp.”


Survivors include her brothers, Ted and Otis Will; daughters, Lela Gilchriest (Buzzie) of Beaumont, Texas; Katherine Cleland (Randy) of Pearland, Texas; grandchildren, Jason Dennis (Megan) of Clear Lake, Iowa; Melanie Dillman (Chris) of Tucson, Arizona; Ginger Robinson of Covington, Louisiana; Dallas Cleland of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and Rocky Cleland of Pearland, Texas; great-grandchildren, Gigi and Ellie Dennis; and Cameron Robinson of Madisonville, Louisiana, along with numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe “Honey” Cascio; siblings, Bernice Williams, Bruce Will, Homer Will, Grover Will, Juanita Jordan, Madeline Boyd, Pansy Will, Rose Smith, and Lois Mansfield. 


We would like to express our gratitude to the caregivers who have loved and cared for our Mom over the years, especially Dr. Gwendolyn Lavalais, and the East Wing nurses at Harbor Hospice who assisted her during her last days. 


She may not be the person we remember at this moment, but we have our memories of the Mom and Memaw we loved for so many years — feisty, loving, strong and determined! 


A gathering of Mrs. Cascio’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 19, 2023, at Broussard’s, with her interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Chaplain’s Fund at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, 3080 College Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701-4606.


Download Program

Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • January 18, 2023
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • January 19, 2023
  • 11:00 am


Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,

Comments (31)

    Anthony B says:

    I had the pleasure of taking care of Mrs Doris at Mid Jeff Hospital in Beaumont. I just learned of her passing and I am heartbroken. She was the reason I came to work on the days she stayed with us. We cut up and laughed about everything while she was in my care. Lela and the family have my deepest sympathies. It was an honor and pleasure to be her nurse during her stay with us.

    Lela says:

    Anthony! I went to Mid Jeff to tell you about mom but it was during your days off. I’m so sorry I missed you. Thank you for your kindness while taking care of mom. I could always count on you to return my calls when I couldn’t reach her. Keep doing what you do— you have a good and caring heart! Take care. Lela

    Diana Scheier says:

    Lela, Katherine & Family,. So very sorry for the lose of your mom. I enjoyed your pictures and comments you posted about her on Facebook. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Diana & Larry

    Katherine Cleland says:

    Diana, Thank you for your kind words.

    Barbara Vaughn says:

    My father, Roland Braud, Jr., was 8 years older than your mom. He passed in 2008, but during his life he spoke of your mom often with such admiration and genuine respect. Our parents leave us a wonderful heritage when they live loving godly lives.

    Lela says:

    Barbara, I do remember your dad! Mom thought highly of him. Thank you for your sweet comment:)

    Anita Durham says:

    Just reading today, the 21st, about your mother. She was a lovely person, admired for her zest for life, volunteering with her mobility challenges. We usually arrived for Mass at St. Anne about the same time, and I waited after to catch the door. She was an inspiration to me and has been in my thoughts so often. I lost touch with so many in the last few years with the loss of my husband and Covid. Prayers for all.

    Paula Anderson Karasek says:


    I was saddened to read about the passing of your amazing mom. I always admired her zeal for life. I will keep you and your family in my prayers during this time.


    Lela says:

    Paula, so good to hear from you! Mom definitely danced to the beat of her own drum:) she will be dearly missed.

    Robert & Phyllis Lee says:

    Prayers and sympathy for the family. We got to know Doris when she was my apartment manager. Sweet lady and friend. May she rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus and perpetual light shine upon her.

    Lela says:

    My goodness, y’all knew mom back in the day! I remember her days as apartment manager. She was definitely good at “managing” and was all about rules and regulations and ran a tight ship at the complex! Thank you for taking the time to comment 🙂

    julia payne says:

    Rest in peace Mrs Doris you will be greatly missed I love you you were a good partner to work with at the hospital love you very much I am gonna miss your smile

    Lela says:

    Hi, Julia. Mom enjoyed her time working with you as well. She often said how helpful you were:) take care!

    Linda Trombatore says:

    Lela, your mom was a wonderful, energetic woman with a kind heart. I know you will carry on her passion for life.

    Lela says:

    She had small feet but I have some big shoes to feel. They don’t make ‘em like her anymore that’s for sure!

    Pat Jarrett & Paul Knobloch says:

    Lela, You know your Mom was another mom to me for a long time. She was great and sweet and always wanted to know what was going on! She will always be remember !,, PRAYERS TO FAMILY. Paul always told me when he would see her at Floyd’s with that smile she had. She loved life and people.

    Pat & Paul

    Lela says:

    Thank you, Pat and Paul. She did love life and people. I think that’s one reason she volunteered as long as she did. She definitely made an impression on people!

    Sara Gubala says:

    Lela and family,
    Your mom was one of the kindest people I have ever met. Visiting her over the years with Kennedy brought me so much joy. I always told people she was my favorite volunteer. We have so many pictures together but my favorite is probably her kissing Kennedy. My heart is broken but I know she is in heaven smiling and waving at everyone.

    Lela says:

    She loved her some Kennedy and always said Kennedy helped her to walk again. I’m sure she will be volunteering her time in heaven and lining everyone up:)

    Connie Wellons Heaps says:

    Beautiful picture of your mom. I am sorry to hear about your mom’s passing and what a long life she had. My heart and prayers go out to you Katherine and Lela. May your heart be filled with warm memories.

    Lela says:

    Thank you, Connie. Life will be different now that’s for sure!

    Debra Felps says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a spitfire, to say the least, and a model of aging gracefully. I only hope to be as active and outgoing for as long as she was and as giving of myself and my time. Prayers for all of you for healing and comfort in the days ahead.

    Lela says:

    Thank you, Deb. She’s finally at peace. She fought a good fight and now she can rest.

    Betty Grigsby says:

    Lela and family..It doesn’t seem possible that we will not have the pleasure of your mom’s dancing eyes and quick wit. I first met her while volunteering at Christus St. Elizabeth and renewed our friendship again at Baptist Hospital. I always teased her that she was truly “the entergizer bunny.” I will miss her so much.

    Lela says:

    Thank you. She was commonly referred to as the “energizer bunny.” She was a woman of real grit!

    Kathi Orgeron says:

    Doris was an inspiration to everyone. She always had a smile on her face and projected positive energy that was uplifting. God Bless and keep Doris and her family in His hands always.

    Lela says:

    Thank you for those kind words.

    Elaine (hignett) White says:

    Sweet sweet Doris. Enjoyed talking to her @ the information desk where she was a faithful volunteer. My grandson used to work on her computer & she would always ask me how her boyfriend was doing. Such a wonderful lady and I send condolences to her family.

    Lela says:

    She loved volunteering. I’m happy she could provide a service for as long as she did.

    Peggy & Ronnie Scarborough says:

    Lela and Family,
    How sad we are to read the passing of your precious Mom! We certainly understand the loss. Sending our prayers from across the miles for difficult days ahead. Love you bunches.

    Lela says:

    Thank you Peg and Ron. She was definitely one of a kind and loved by many. Some difficult days ahead for sure. 🙂

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