Kellye Butler Perez

April 1, 1968 - September 16, 2021

Kellye Butler Perez, 53, of Beaumont, passed away at home on Thursday, September 16, 2021, after a courageous, yet short battle with cancer, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest. She was born on April 1, 1968, in Beaumont, to Ann and Wilbur Butler. Her family members had fun with the fact she was born on April Fools’ Day and celebrated it appropriately. In fact, some family members thought Ann and Wilbur were playing an April Fools’ joke on us, at first.

Following in her dad’s footsteps, Kellye was an insurance agent with R.O. Williams & Co. and then Braud, Vaughn & Williamson. Kellye was fabulous at her job and worked in the insurance industry for thirty years. She had connections all over the Beaumont area, and she did her best for her clients and the companies where she worked.

Kellye also enjoyed spending time at the lake house with her husband, other family members, and their friends. She was instrumental in planning and implementing of multiple annual celebrations for the Plum Ridge community. She supported this neighborhood in various ways and had many wonderful friends in the community.

Kellye had many interests, such as: event planning, biking, including participating in the MS 150 where she rode her bicycle from Houston to Austin in 2 days. She also enjoyed sailing, remodeling their houses, traveling, and was an incredible cook.

She was a graduate of the Leadership Beaumont program in 2002 and she continued to be active in the program. Kellye was on the steering committee in 2003, 2012 and 2013, was a Beaumont Chamber Foundation Board Member from 2010-2015, on the Spice of the Season Committee from 2005-2011, and involved with the Youth Leadership group from 2004-2014.

Kellye was outgoing and generous to her family and friends. Most of her generosity was done without bringing attention to herself as she gave to many non-profits, as well as working behind the scenes to help improve the lives of friends and strangers alike. She was a hard worker and found time to have fun and enjoy life. Her smile was lovely, and her laugh was contagious.

She is survived by her husband, David Perez, of Beaumont; four step-children and six grandchildren all from the Lubbock area, Dustin Perez and his wife, Abby and their children, Gabby Jurgensen, and Andrew and Aaron Perez; Ashley Salazar and her husband, Daniel; Eric Perez and his wife, Heather and their children, Elyse and Lyla; and Cortney Harris and her husband, Gabriel and their children, Baron and Olivia; her mother, Ann Butler, of Beaumont; her sister, Stacy Smith and husband, Kyle, of Nacogdoches and their children, Brett and his wife, Savannah, of Jefferson; Jake, Trey, and Will, of Nacogdoches; her brother, Beau Butler and his son, Bryce Butler; and Amy, of Fredericksburg; and her aunts and uncles, Nancy Glass of, Austin; Betty Glass and her husband, Charles Gray, of Houston; Nick Hatch, of Houston; and her brothers-in-law and their spouses, Richard Perez of Fort Worth; Jesse Perez, of Carlsbad, New Mexico; Pete Perez; and Ronnie Perez, of Sundown; and sisters-in-law and their spouses, Delia Perez of Lubbock, Norma Perez, and Yolanda Perez of Sundown.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wilbur Butler and her brother-in-law, JR Perez.

Kellye was a caring wife, daughter, sister, stepmother, grandmother, aunt, niece, and friend. She was smart, gregarious, generous, and talented and will be greatly missed. We love you, Kellye. It is a comfort knowing that you are with Wilbur and your brother-in-law, JR Perez.

A memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 25, 2021, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 680 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, with her ennichment to follow at Garden Columbarium, Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Some Other Place, P.O. Box 0843, Beaumont, Texas 77701; Julie Rogers Gift of Life, 2390 Dowlen Road, Beaumont, Texas 77706; Camp Niwana, 350 FM 256, Woodville, Texas 75979; or to any non-profit organization of your choice.

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Memorial Service

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • 680, Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • September 25, 2021
  • 1:00 pm


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Garden Columbarium
  • 680, Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,

Comments (14)

    Michael mcfaddin says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Kelly’s family at such a difficult time. Im so sorry to hear about her passing. Everyone who knew Kelly had fond memories of her, or something nice to say about her. She was a great lady ! Rip Kelly !

    Patricia Gauger says:

    Dear Ann and Betty

    I am so sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace. May God comfort your families at this sad time.

    Pat Gauger

    Joyce Gaskin says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Kellye’s family and especially with her dear mother, Ann. I am so sorry that Kellye’s life was taken all too soon but the vividness with which she lived made that short life most commendable and no ordinary one.

    Jackie Boudreaux says:

    Kellye was our insurance agent but more than that we considered her our very good friend. We will miss her tremendously!
    Roland & Jackie Boudreaux

    Robert & Phyllis Lee says:

    Prayers and sympathy for you Ann and family. May she rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus and perpetual light shine upon her.

    Sharon Murdock says:

    Kellye was a joy to be around. She was always so happy and positive. When she would leave you would just feel better about your day. She will be greatly missed!

    Allison Garrett Dave Doyle says:

    God bless you all that loved Kellye. She radiated her love whenever she was in your presence. Truly a special person. Glad we got to know her and her family.

    Allison and Dave

    Rose Mary Bailey says:

    Thoughts and prayers for this wonderful family.

    RHONDA ROBIN says:

    Kellye was a very funny person made me laugh many times, she will be missed, prayers for her family

    Barbara Kristiansen says:

    Ann, and family I am so sorry to hear about Kelley.
    Prayers for you all during this sad time.

    Barbara A Vaughn says:

    Kellye was a joy and an extra, special blessing to our personal family and to our work family.

    She will be greatly missed.

    Bonnie Vessel says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with this dear, dear family.

    Nancy Hale says:

    I am shocked and saddened to hear of Kelley’s passing. My heart goes out to her family and many friends. She was a student of mine in elementary school and was always up beat and positive. Her smile was contagious. She will be greatly missed.

    Piper Roberts says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Kellyes passing. May God comfort all of you during this time and beyond.

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