Lillie Sterling

March 12, 1928 - August 12, 2021

Lillie Mae Gilbert Sterling, 93, born March 12, 1928, to W.F. Gilbert, Sr. and Marie Noelie Hebert in Rayne, Louisiana, passed this life August 12, 2021.

Lillie Mae & Robert Sterling, Sr. married on September 4, 1947, in Beaumont, Texas. While building a retired life in Bevil Oaks, they lived there until Hurricane Harvey, then moved in with their youngest daughter, Jackie. Our Mom’s most favorite thing was cooking Sunday Dinner for anyone who showed up to eat while listening to her favorite Cajun Music. She graduated with the Class of ‘47 from French High School.

She is survived by her children, Peggy Scarborough and her husband, Ronnie; Robert Sterling, Jr.; Kathy Callahan and her husband, John; and Jackie Sterling and Sean Finn; grandchildren, Carrie Kinnard and her husband, Keith; Stacie Feller and her husband, Scott; Marcie Rogers and her husband, Adam; Aaron Sterling; Raegan Sterling and his wife, Jennifer; Tessa Shuff and her husband, Stephen; Jon Reyes; Traci Carter and her husband, Dwight; Phillip Reyes and Kacy Rugg; and Madeline Finn; great-grandchildren, Kayla Kinnard, Hanna McMahan, Hailey McMahan, Andrew Feller, Abby Feller, Timothy McMahan, Kimberley Somers and her husband, Alec; Joshua McMahan and his wife, Meagan; Parker Rogers, Tyler Rogers, Ayden Sterling, Tatum Sterling, Ian Sterling, Rowan Reyes, Bowman Carter, Gia Carter; Stella Mae Shuff; great-great-grandchildren, Logan and Skyla Somers, Addie and Colt McMahan; and nephew, John Gilbert.

Lillie Mae is preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Robert E. Sterling, Sr.; parents; and brother, W.F. Gilbert, Jr.

A gathering of Mrs. Sterling’s family and friends will begin at 5:00 p.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 19, 2021, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 20, 2021, at Broussard’s, with her interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.

Her funeral service will be live streamed on Peg Rowdy Sterling Scarborough’s Facebook page.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • August 19, 2021
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • August 19, 2021
  • 7:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • August 20, 2021
  • 11:00 am


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

Comments (2)

    Sally Boutg says:

    Peggy, I am so sorry about the loss of your mom. She was a great lady. I love seeing the pictures of her and the things she would do. We love our moms. Sally Bourg f

    Shari Bassham says:

    Heaven gained another angel. She and your Dad were some of the kindest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I still talk about the brisket and homemade bbq sauce;). Praying for comfort for all of you. Love you friend.

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Sharon Wheat

Where do I start to know her was to love her she had more energy than 3 grown men. If you were her friend she treads you like family I’m so honored to have been among her friends she could dance every dance if she had somebody to dance with you would never know she was 93 she loved her family so very much as they all loved her. She will definitely be missed COVID sucks she’s now dancing with her true love in Heaven Mae we will all see you again someday Love You.

Linda C Simpson

Robert and family I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Carrie Rashall

Peggy and family our hearts break for you with the loss of your Mother. Our prayers are with all of you. She is now with our Lord and your Dad, so I know she is happy.. May you find peace and comfort with the Lord knowing she is in Heaven. Carrie and Terry Rashall.

Patricia and Dan Barr

The Angels are rejoicing in heaven welcoming God’s child. She raised a precious family and provided so many people with great stories to tell. It won’t be the same without her comments concerning her favorite activities

Anne Legg Hoffpauir

I never got to know your Mom Peggy, but I know how hard these times are. I’m praying for you and your family.

Aline Haas Broussard

Jackie, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family, Aline Haas Broussard Burkeville, Tx


Granny, we will miss you. She was the grandma I never had and I am privileged to be a part of her family. Rest easy with Pa.

Ron Frazier

Peggy, So sorry to hear about your Mom. Makes me think of a song performed by Gordon Mote that fits your Mom & Dad well, titled "Wake up Dancin'". Look it up and listen.

Diana & Larry Scheier

Peggy & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved reading all the things you use to post as out your mom. As if I knew her. My heart and prayers are with you as you put your mom to rest. Love to you all

Dave Carpenter

Mrs. Sterling was a lovely woman. It was easy to love her. May God’s peace and comfort be given in full measure to the family. Love ya, Jackie.


Mae, I will always call you my friend and mother-in-law. You were the one who taught me all about babies, how to can food, and how to make a clothes pattern out of newspaper when we didn’t have a store bought pattern for sewing. I will miss you forever but my soul rejoices for you knowing you’re in Heaven with Pa and my precious moma. Please pray for us all left down here until we are finished with our lives. Love you.