Margarete James

September 30, 1923 - January 31, 2023

Margarete James, age 99, of Beaumont, Texas, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. Born in Poland on September 30, 1923, she believed that “anything was possible if you wanted it bad enough.”

Margarete obtained her international license to practice cosmetology in Poland in 1943 at the age of 20, but her dream was to come to America. Unable to utter a word of English, and a life savings of $2,000, she hopped on a military plane and arrived on United States soil in 1950. She became a proud United States citizen in December of 1955.

Holding true to her words that “anything is possible”, Margarete went on to obtain a license to practice cosmetology in 3 states: California, Oklahoma, and Texas. She eventually made her permanent home in Beaumont, Texas, where she owned and operated her small salon for more than 4 decades. Always wanting to help people, she often traveled on her days off to do hair on the elderly. She loved her profession and was always there to service the clients in her community.

Margarete was a strong woman with a lust for life. She loved music and dancing. She would try anything once, twice if she liked it. She was a true leader; she was compassionate, loving, and forgiving. She never judged anyone, just always listened. She touched everyone who knew her, and she will be missed.

Survivors include her daughter, Emily Pietz of Lumberton; granddaughters, Carla Morgan of Mauriceville and Christi Harvey of Tomball; four great-grandchildren, Jesse Griffin, Lindsay Myers, Madison Southard, and Malorie Southard; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, R.C. James; and daughter, Pamela Crow Morris.

Memorial contributions for Mrs. James may be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 840692 Dallas, Texas 75284 or Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901.

A gathering of Mrs. James’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 6, 2023, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at Broussard’s, with her interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • February 6, 2023
  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • February 7, 2023
  • 11:00 am


Magnolia Cemetery
  • 2291, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,

Comments (10)

    Jane mcDaniel says:

    Emily, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was such a beautiful lady, and so much fun. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Jane

    Wanda James Rowley says:

    To Emily and family, I’m so sorry to hear that Aunt Margaret passed she’s in heaven with family and uncle R C. My prayers are with you’ll. May God be with you’ll

    Wanda Mosley says:

    Margaret was such beautiful Lady. Sorry I missed her Funeral. Emily, I have LOVING MEMORIES of your MOTHER .. Hope to see you soon. ????????❤️

    Carla Morgan says:

    To my beautiful precious Grandmama ❤️
    I hope you know how much I love you. I hope you know how precious and dear to me you have always been. You are so much more than just a grandmother, you always were more like a mom in so many ways. I can’t even begin to explain how much I will miss you. I guess I always thought you would never leave us. I am beyond blessed to have had you for 53 years…but it’s never long enough and it’s so hard to let you go.
    I will cherish all the beautiful memories I have with you. I will keep them close to my heart forever. I love you my precious Grandmama, and I will miss you until I see you again ❤️

    Melissa & Michelle says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She was an amazing woman. We know she will be greatly missed.

    Ava Watson says:

    Ms. Margaret, oh how I loved you. I was drawn to your spark and loved hearing you reminisce about your past. My deepest condolences to Emily and the rest of your family. You will be missed.

    Fly high

    Barbara Broussard says:

    Margaret fixed my hair and mama Dale Broussards for many years! Margaret had a magic brush and it worked miracles on us! A truly beautiful lady ♥️

    Cindy House says:

    She was a beautiful woman, loved life and was the most energetic woman of her age I had ever met. She will be missed by many that were blessed to know her.

    Janis Barnes says:

    I first met Margarete and RC at the Christmas party at aunt Annie’s in Houston. Many years ago. I remember thinking what a very pretty lady and loved her accent. Not only was she beautiful she lit up the room when they walked in. Such a joyful lady whose life story was so inspiring. So sorry for your loss.

    gidget says:

    Beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady. Rest in peace, comfort and clarity, Momma M!

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