Mary Nell Lopez

February 17, 1932 - September 2, 2022

Mary Nell continued the Lopez legacy of passing in September at the age of 90. She passed peacefully in her home surrounded by family after a year and three-month battle with cancer.

Mary Nell was born in Bessmay, Texas and moved to Beaumont in 1940. She graduated high school from St. Anthony’s in 1949. She attended Hotel Dieu Hospital Nursing Program, where she graduated in 1952 as an RN and was a member of their alumni. She had a long career in nursing starting at Baptist Hospital and then moving to Public Health for the State of Texas and City of Beaumont, retiring from both. She was the recipient of many awards throughout her long career. Her faith was always the biggest part of her life. She was involved in several organizations such as; Legion of Mary, Altar Society, CYO Advisor/Sponsor, taught CCD, Eucharistic Minister, member of Cathedral ladies, Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Gerard 1938. Furthermore, she was a daily communicant and performed adoration at St. Anthony’s and St. Anne’s, she also attended St. Pius. One of her favorites was being able to do prison ministry.

She is survived by her brother-in-law, Allen S. Mooney (Hemphill); great-nieces, Andrea L. Flores (Durham, N.C.) and Bianca L. Torseth (Beaumont); great-nephew, John L. Torseth and his wife, Jenn (Aubrey); and great-great nieces, Ella and Jilly Torseth (Aubrey) and great-great nephew, David L. Gardner (Durham, N.C.) and numerous cousins throughout Texas and Mexico.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Juan and Isabel Lopez; sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and Lewis Guererro; sister, Carmen L. Mooney; niece, Dora V. Torseth and husband, Ingar A. Toreseth.

A gathering of Miss Lopez’s family and friends will begin at 5:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2022, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 10, 2022, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson Street, Beaumont. Her cremation arrangements will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

In all of her travels, her favorite was The Holy Land and Acapulco. She loved to read and go to the casino (she always won!). The family would like to thank Texas Total Care and all of her friends that have supported her. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Monastery of the Infant Jesus, 1501 Lotus Lane, Lufkin, Texas 75904, in her honor. The nuns hold a special place in her heart.


Download Program

Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • September 9, 2022
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • September 9, 2022
  • 6:00 pm

Funeral Mass

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
  • 700, Jefferson St, Beaumont, TX, 77701,
  • September 10, 2022
  • 1:00 pm


Broussard’s Crematorium
  • 5150, Stivers Dr, Beaumont, TX, 77705,

Comments (8)

    Amada Collazo says:

    I am so sorry I did not get to see Mary Nell before she passed. I have been in a nursing facility for a while. She was a very caring person and a wonderful friend. RIP
    Mayo Collazo

    Linda & David James says:

    Mary was a faithful adoration member on Monday night I came in at 7 and took her place. Mary was always so sweet and I got to meet her sister Mrs Juanita so sweet This was in early 2000’s Mary Rest In Peace you earned your wings. Always in our hearts love you Rest In Peace ❤️????????????????????????

    Carl Walker says:

    Mary, was an angel on this earth. She was so kind and thoughtful. She was a good friend of my mom’s which my mom just adored.

    Prayers to the family, she will be missed on earth, but is now at peace with her family, friends and God.

    Maria says:

    Rest in peace my prayer warrior. And condolence to the family.

    Vicki Cloud Hartwick-Allen says:

    My Mother loved Lopie (as she called her) from their Baptist Hospital days. She even went and got Lopie a brick when they tore Baptist down. Lopie was kind enough to come pay her respects when we lost my Mother several years ago. She was a special lady. Condolences to her Family and Friends.

    Phyllis Lee says:

    Mary Nell was a sweet lady who God put in my life through Catholic Daughters. May she rest peacefully in heaven in the arms of Jesus and perpetual light shine upon her.

    Lenora Garza Robles says:

    Such a sweet longtime family friend. Rest In Peace Mary Nell


    Phillip Mayeux says:

    Our thoughts and Prayers to Mrs Mary and her family. She will be missed by all that Loved and knew her. Such a gentle smile and a Very Kind Heart!! Rest In Peace
    Mrs Lopez ❤️ No doubt ,you are with Jesus
    Now…… peace Phil

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