Mary Grace Bower

June 25, 1935 - April 3, 2020

Mary Grace Bower, 84, of Silsbee, died Wednesday, April 3, 2020. She was born on June 25, 1935, in Silsbee, to Essie Mae Fortenberry Jones and Archie Newton “Buck” Jones. Mary Grace was a retired Elementary School Teacher for Silsbee Independent School District.

Survivors include her daughters, Mary Ann Tucker and her husband, Russell and Catherine Bower Simmons and her husband, Grady; granddaughters, Ashley Marie Tucker and Amanda Kay Tucker-Smith and her husband, Travis, all of Silsbee; great-granddaughters, Lilah Patterson and Maggie Smith; and niece, Lou Anne Parish.

Mary Grace is preceded in death by her parents, Archie Newton “Buck:” Jones and Essie Mae Fortenberry Jones; husband, Warren Fox Bower; and her brother, Richard Elton Jones.

A family graveside service for Ms. Bower will be at R.S. Farmer Memorial Park, under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.

Memorial contributions can be made to Some Other Place, P.O. Box 0843, Beaumont, Texas 77704.

R.S. Farmer Cemetery

R.S. Farmer Cemetery
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Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX

Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX
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Mulqueen Lindsey

Mary Ann and Katherine , I am so sorry for your loss. My Prayers are with you. Iloved your Mother . We had a lot of good times and laughs. Ilove you two. Your friend forever Mulqueen.

Nanell and Dennis Olivier

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time. God Bless.


Such a precious lady. Condolences yo the family.

Linda Lee Yawn Gee

Mary Grace was an amazing lady and a dear friend. I will miss talking with her and visiting with her. But I know she is wrapped in Jesus’ arms and is at peace. Love you Mary Grace.

Becky Ekvall

I am so sorry to hear this!! Praying for comfort and peace for you. She was a very special lady that impacted my life so much. My mom and I were just talking about her and when she was my 4th grade teacher. Special memories!

Carol Sue Brown Jordan

Please accept my most sincere sympathy in the loss of your mother Mary Grace. I had the privilege of knowing Mary Grace when we lived within houses of each other on North Fourth Street. She was a life long friend to my husband Jack and to me. I"ve loved her for a long time and she will be missed but the memories of her will last forever to her families and friends. I am so sorry for the loss you must be feeling and she was special to me too. Love and prayers, Carol Sue Jordan

Rose Tallina Pierce

My heart goes out to all of the family. She was a sweet, sweet lady and will always be remembered.

Becky Shives

Mary Grace was an amazing family friend. She was my role model for teaching Elementary children. and taught many valuable life lessons. For example,,, always keep six feet on the floor; the four on your chair and the two on your body. One time many years ago esting a meal with Mary Grace and family I leaned back in the dining chair and I kept going over to the floor. Not only did I bruise my tailbone, but my pride too. I do not think that I have every tried leaning back in a chair. Through my sixty one years we have had many fun and memorable experiences. In my eyes she was totally amazing and her beautiful daughters are like my sisters. Heaven has just been made a little sweeter with her arrival.

Cheryl Owens

What a Blessing to call the One and Only Mary Grace my Jewel ❤ I have Soooooo many great memories of Mary Grace and All the great stories she shared with me One of my favorite stories was after Warren had passed away Mary Grace said she was looking through the cabinet for peanut butter She said she found several jars that had finger swipes in them ? Apparently Warren had been sneaking some We both laughed about that one for years My life and the lives of those who knew Mary Grace were blessed by her friendship My only regret is that I wasn't able to fix her hair to send her Home and place that envelope in her hand. Praying God's Peace and Comfort for Catherine, Mary Ann and all the family Love you all ❤

Polly Clark

Your mother was such a lovely lady. I sent my brother,, Joe, a copy of the obituary. He loved you mom and dad so much as did I. My condolences and love to you all. May God bless you all.

Carolyn Gilchriest Cater

This wonderful person was in my life for 84 years. Our parents were friends before we were born. There were 5 of us girls - Mary Grace, Jackie, Sylvia Ann, and Janye, who have been so close since 1st grade. There wasn't much that we didn't know about each other & we loved each other no matter what. Now we are 4 and our hearts are broken. I wish for all who read this that you have someone like Mary Grace as a friend. She loved Silsbee and everything about it. She was something else, and I'll always love her. Rest in peace Mary Grace. and, as Warren would say, "save a seat for me". Deepest sympathy and love from my family and me.

Martha Harrell Dean

My Deepest Sympathy to all of you! This is a very difficult time. Please know that I am sending my love and wishes of peace and comfort.

Johnnie & Lee Foret

Just saw the tribute to your mom in the newspaper. Our prayers go out to you and your family during this sorrowful time. You mom was a sweet and kind lady. God Bless you all. Your friend, Johnnie.

Johnnie & Lee Foret

Our prayers go out to you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a sweet and kind lady. Johnnie & Lee Foret

Gini Barton

My thoughts and prayer are with your family. Mary taught both me and my father, Lane Ard, in 4th grade. A few years ago she gave my dad back a painting he had painted and gave her when he was in her class. She kept it all these years! Every time I saw Mary she would tell me something she remembered about me or my dad when we were in her class. She was so kind and definitely someone to try and model your life after. She is truly missed!

Wilson Neyland

There will never be another one like her.. A true character and wonderful lady. Much love and prayers for her family and many friends.

Leslie Cobble Pember

I was so sad to read about Mrs. Bower’s death. She taught me 4th grade Reading and was one of my very favorite teachers. She was loved by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time..

Sara Fontenot

I am so sorry for your loss! She was a very special lady! She taught me in the 4th grade and made learning wonderful! She will be truly missed! Sara Powers Fontenot