Kitty Hebert

January 8, 1934 - June 10, 2023

Kitty Marie Vickery Hebert peacefully passed away in her home on June 10th at the age of 89, surrounded by close family and friends. Kitty was born on January 8th, 1934, to Frank Leslie Vickery and Nettie Collier Vickery in Beaumont, Texas. She was the third of seven children and the first daughter. She graduated from Beaumont High School in 1952 and later from Lamar University.

Kitty married shortly after high school and became the mother to three children: Tommy, Debbie, and Suzy. Within six years, this marriage ended, and she found herself raising her children alone without any financial support. Facing this task ignited a fire within her that has been the driving force behind all her accomplishments since that time. Her strong will and determination led her to work two – sometimes three- jobs to support herself and her children. She realized having a skilled trade or profession was what would be required of her in order to provide a home and the security they desperately needed. During this time, she made the decision to pursue a career in nursing.

Kitty began her career in the medical field as a surgery scrub tech. She went on to become an LVN, after which she became an RN. She would eventually go on to earn her BSN from Lamar University. Her career in nursing would span over forty years, most of which were spent at Baptist Hospital. Kitty worked for many years as a scrub nurse in surgery, where she was considered one of the top nurses. She later moved into a management position where she ran the Endoscopy department. In this time, she earned the sincere respect and trust of the doctors and wonderful co-workers that she worked closely with. She ran a very tight ship in her time as department head, during which she designed the layout, equipment placement, and the methods of operation still in use today. Kitty was a mentor to so many incoming nurses during her time at Baptist and was admired and loved by all.

In May of 1975, she married the love of her life, Louis Hebert, a retired Fire Fighter, and at the time, a staff representative for the International Association of Fire Fighters. To say these two were meant for each other would be an understatement. For over forty-eight years, they have been blessed with a beautiful life together. They enjoyed time outdoors, where they worked in their majestic yard together. Over many years, they spent countless weekends renovating their beach house in order to make it their own; they were eventually able to spend leisure time relaxing and enjoying one another. The two harbored a great passion for traveling and found themselves fortunate enough to often be able to do so. Kitty and Louis also attended numerous conventions and seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada. Following retirement, they did more extensive traveling, such as ocean and river cruises that brought them to various parts of the world. Many of these trips were spent with their beloved friends, Buddy and Molly Mass, among countless others.

Kitty was preceded in death by her son, Tommy Quarles; her parents; her brothers, Harry, Tommy, and Perry; her sister, Cindy; and her two grandsons, Seth and Caleb Maurer.

Kitty is survived by her beloved husband, Louis Hebert; two daughters, Debbie Whitmire and Suzy Barton, along with their loving husbands, James Whitmire and Craig Barton; two stepdaughters, Mary Hebert and JoAnn Russo, along with husband, Mark Russo; stepson, Louis Hebert and his wife, Susan; brother, Phil Vickery; sister, Pattee Newman; grandchildren, Shannon Laird and her husband, Matthew; and Justin Sellers; great-grandchildren, Gillian, Greyden, and Griffin Laird; as well as many step-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Miss Kitty, as she was affectionately known, or as Monnie by her loving family, was deeply adored and admired. She made a mark on this world and the hearts of all who met her. Nothing will be the same without her.

A gathering of Mrs. Hebert’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Broussard’s, with her interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.


Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • June 14, 2023
  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • June 15, 2023
  • 1:00 pm


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

Comments (13)

    Jane Kerr Miguez says:

    I have some wonderful childhood memories with Ms Kitty, Suzy, Debbie & Tommy. Ms Kitty is everything everyone has described and more, a wonderful lady, the most beautiful smile, so beautiful and strong, caring, and loving, such a wonderful influence to everyone that was around her. I never knew of ALL her accomplishments. She walked in great wisdom, and integrity. I know she was surrounded with lots of love and will be greatly missed! My prayers are with the family, find your comfort in knowing she is with the Lord, and one day we will all be reunited with our loved ones.

    Laurie(Suzy) says:

    Thank you Jane.

    Bridgette Hall says:

    Suzy, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I always loved your mom. So strong, smart and beautiful. I was in awe of her as a young woman. I’m always here for you, my sweet friend. I love you❤️

    Laurie(Suzy) says:

    Thank you.

    Nancy Singleton Williams says:

    Louis and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Kitty’s passing. What a lovely tribute to her.

    Nancy Singleton Williams says:

    Louis and family, so sorry for the loss of Kitty. What a beautiful tribute to her.

    Buddy and Molly Mass says:

    Molly and I send our love and prayers to Louis and the family in this your time of need.
    We will always remember Kitty and her beautiful quiet smile. She was an awesome lady and a great friends.
    We will never forget the many wonderful hours we spent together and the beautiful trips the four of us made to all parts of the world.
    We will miss her terribly. Both Kitty and Louis will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Molly and Buddy

    Laurie(Suzy) says:

    Thank you so much my sister from another Mother, I love you.


    Jamie Sullivan says:

    I’m a long time friend of Suzy’s. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve heard so much about Kitty from my dear friend and I’m hurting for the loss she’s feeling right now. This obituary is absolutely beautiful, just like Kitty, her life, and her family. ❤️

    Laurie(Suzy) says:

    Thank you so much my sister from another Mother, I love you.


    Deborah Valenzuela says:

    My deepest sympathy and prayers ???? go out for you and your family during this hard time. May your beautiful mother be blessed with heart welcoming angles by her side. Love you sweetie ????

    Laurie(Suzy) says:

    Thank you Deb, love you.

    Colleen Burns says:

    Dear Pattee, I was so sorry to hear about your sister.I know how close two were. So many times you referred to Miss Kitty, whom you seemed to admire. In reading her obit, she was a real worker all of the time. I also remember how she helped you at the time you needed her. What a lady! May she rest in peace.

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