Martha Jane Dishman

August 18, 1934 - December 10, 2021

Martha Jane Dishman, 87, of Beaumont, died Friday, December 10th, at Buckner Calder Woods.

A long-time resident of Beaumont, Martha was born on August 18, 1934 in Hackberry, Louisiana to Marian Hilra Cayson and Alma Jones Cayson.

Martha, after having graduated high school in Jennings, Louisiana, attended the University of Houston and majored in Radio, TV and Film where she was instrumental in the development of a college radio station and the inception of a college chapter USO-type program through her affiliations in beauty pageant programs.  She also met Bill Dishman at U of H who became the love of her life.  She was a Christian woman who loved God and loved her church, Amelia Baptist Church of which she was a member for 65 years. Martha served as a Secretary, Sunday School teacher, and numerous other committees. She also sang in the choir for many years. Martha felt one of the best parts of the community of Amelia Baptist were the life-long friendships she developed. She and Bill instilled in her family a strong Christian foundation, which is a testament to her love for God and her family. In addition to raising four kids, Martha was the driving force behind fostering many children. Offering them a safe haven and a home, and someone to call mom. Her door was always open to friends, family, and anyone in need. In addition to raising a family, many Beaumont residents will recall her salon, A Touch of Beauty where she spent many hours enjoying time with her stylists and customers.  Martha loved to stay busy, whether it was with her family, friends, work, her church, or some civic organizations, she always found time to sit and talk or lend a helping hand.

Survivors include her sons, Bill Dishman, Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of Beaumont, Bryan Dishman and his wife, Cici, of Beaumont and Blain Dishman and his wife, Jeannie, of North Vidor; daughter, Kelly Dishman and her husband, Gunter Heydman, of Aledo; ten grandchildren, Erin, Ford, Garrett, Elyse, Casey, Hillary, Gracelyn, Brandon, Blake and Bryce; and great-grandchildren, Preston, Keaton, Stella, Adam, Sam, Willow, Noah, Brax, Knox and Finn.

She was preceded in death by her parents “Daddy Bud” and “Pollybud”, her husband William “Bill” Dishman and sister, Marian Jeannine Chapman.

Her family would like to thank those who lent Martha a helping hand in the past and present. First and foremost, her dear friends Bobby, Patsy, and Janet, three beautiful ladies that were part of her and Bill’s lives since the early marriage years. Next would be the friends she has made through Amelia Baptist Church, these relationships have stood the test of time, being steeped in faith and God. And last but not least, all the nurses, sitters, and staff that have helped Martha along this journey in her later years, in particular Montibello Home Care, Buckners Calderwoods and Amedisys Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Amelia Baptist Church, 8055 Brighton, Beaumont, Texas 77707 or to Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program, PMB 46, 148 Dowlen Road, Beaumont, Texas 77707.

A gathering of Mrs. Dishman’s family and friends will begin at 12:30 p.m., with her funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 17, 2021, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.  Her internment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • December 17, 2021
  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • December 17, 2021
  • 2:00 pm


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

Comments (6)

    Bert and Patsy Fontenot says:

    We have wonderful memories of Martha. Our Prayers are with the family at this difficult time. May the Lord Bless each of you and may Martha RIP.

    Robert (R.O.) Williams, Jr. says:

    I am greatly saddened to know that our dear friend for so many years, Martha, has left us…regardless of age or condition of health, we are never ready to say BYE to those we love…..Martha and Bill have been an integral part of our lives since the late 1950’s..through Army Reserve, Beaumont Jaycees and the Miss Texas Pageant, snow skiing, beach trips…..She and my sweetheart, Patsy, were the closest ladies could be without actual blook relationship…we will always remember all the fun times we shared as well as being there for one another thru whatever the need might be…so grateful for all the Dishman family…whom we have been with since the children were crawling under the dining room table !! Know that our love, prayers and blessings are beiing sent to you this day as you walk this new path of sadness in your lives…
    With my love, R. O. Williams, Jr.(Austin, Texas)

    William Pierre Robert says:

    martha was a good buddy of my wife patricia robert. so sorry for your loss. i lost patricia sept 21. god be with you all. love pierre

    Barbara & Tom Leicht Leicht says:

    Martha was a very sweet pearson, Mother, Grandmother and devoted. May Her Soul, Rest in Peace.

    C Keith Hawkes says:

    A beautiful lady, with a sweet spirit. Thank you, Martha. You will be missed.

    Rest In Peace

    Gail Foreman says:

    With much sympathy and many prayers are with the Dishman family. Bill and Lisa so sorry for your loss. God Bless you all.
    Gail Foreman

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