Mina Louise Como

May 18, 1934 - July 4, 2022

Mina Louise Como, 88, of Silsbee, died Monday, July 4, 2022.  She was born on May 18, 1934, in Jasper, to Burley Bradshaw Phillips and Clyde Phillips.

She attended Silsbee High School, where she was crowned Homecoming Queen in 1951.  After graduation she and Bennie Como met, on a blind date, and later married.  Louise worked at the courthouse as the Assistant County Auditor, where she later retired from. She thought she ran the courthouse!

Louise made a difference in so many lives.  From being a daughter, sister, to wife of almost seventy years, to being a mother, but the name she was most proud of was Granny Chicken.

Her girls, Sarah, Peggy, Donna, and Sissy were her life.  She was an amazing role model and stood by their sides through thick and thin.

Through all of her years, she enjoyed and treasured her roles in life.  Momma Como to all those children in Belize while on the mission field, a preacher’s wife, which she said was harder than being a preacher, to a poet and a comedian.  She always had something funny to say and make you laugh.

Flowers and plants were one of her past times and her and Poppa made many quilts together.  She loved to shop and cook and thought she always had to feed you if you came to visit, so you had better come hungry or at least fake it!

Everywhere she went she made an impression on people with her kindness, generosity, and love.  Family was very important to her, and she never met a stranger.

Survivors include her husband, Bennie Como; daughters, Sarah Christopher and her husband, Rodger, of Crystal Beach; Peggy Yates, and Donna Flanakin and her husband, Mark, all of Silsbee; grandchildren, Leeanne Bowerman of Beaumont; Kelli Jones and Samuel Jones, both of Lumberton; Amy Pustka and her husband, Robert, and Bennie Griffin and her husband, Jason, all of Silsbee; Sawyer Flanakin and his wife, Jane, of Austin; Cutler Flanakin and his fiancée, Hope Harrison, of Jasper; T.J. Longshore and his wife, Amy, of Austin; and Kennedy Barnett of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Hannah Middleton, Olivia Bowerman, Isabella Bowerman, Max Jones, A’Jeon Iglesias, Emily Pustka, and Lottie Atkinson; sister, Marie Hillin of Buna; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Sissy Como Barnett; brother, Cecil Phillips; and sister, Ann Caraway.

A gathering of Mrs. Como’s family and friends will begin at 2:00 p.m., with her funeral service at 2:30 p.m., Friday, July 8, 2022, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.  Her interment will follow at Old Hardin Cemetery, Kountze.


Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Silsbee
  • 490, Cemetery Road, Silsbee, Texas, 77656,
  • July 8, 2022
  • 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Silsbee
  • 490, Cemetery Road, Silsbee, Texas, 77656,
  • July 8, 2022
  • 2:30 pm


Old Hardin Cemetery
  • , , Kountze, TX, 77625,

Comments (21)

    Donna Flanakin says:

    Thanks to each and everyone that had something special to say and cared for my mom and dad . They were truly great people. They loved each other and God. I am proud to know that they meant so much to so many people. Again, thank you. Donna

    Donna Flanakin says:

    Jerry Mac,
    Thanks for thinking of us and mom. I regret not attending service for Butch, but was taking care of dad. Lots of memories. I loved your mom.


    Joyce Crowder says:

    I loved MawMaw. She was a remarkable lady with a huge heart.
    Heaven has truly gained another Angel.

    Donna Flanakin says:

    Thank you for the kind comments about my mom. She will be missed


    Donna Flanakin says:

    Thanks for your kind words about mom. She will be missed.


    Ginger Deloach says:

    So sorry to hear of your sweet mothers passing. She will always be remembered as a woman who loved God and loved everyone around her. I remember her sweet voice as I write this. I know your Dad will miss her so. I love you and your family.

    Donna Flanakin says:

    Thanks for remembering my mom. She made a difference I so many lives

    Jerry Connally says:

    I’m so sorry to her about the loss of your mom. I have a lot of great memories of her, your dad and all of you girls. We had a lot of fun growing up in our neighborhood. I will be praying for all of you.

    Glenda Crawford-Watts says:

    In my young teen years, she was my Sunday School teacher. She would begin our class with prayer. Then would start reading the scriptures, by the end of the class she was all but preaching! She always took time to listen to us teens and wanted us always to remember that God loves and cares for us all. Precious sweet lady. Praying for her family.

    Charles & Michelle Brewer says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Como family. Mrs. Como was such a sweet person who will be missed by this community.

    Jeffrey Smith says:

    I just found out about your mom and your dad. Donna I still have a very vivid memory of your family. I know it’s hard when we lose a family member. Little bit of our heart goes too. Praying for your peace and Mark as well.

    Delain Key says:

    I went to church with Sis. Como at Kountze First Assembly A/G. She was a precious lady. I loved to hear her preach and teach. She was so annointed by God. She will be missed.

    Shirley McIntyre Cook says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, I am sorry for your loss.

    Patsy Pickering says:

    I only had a short time and dealings with Mrs. Como and paw paw Como ,but I have thought about the whole family often wondering what happen. I loved you all and now I send my heart felt sorrow to you all for the loss of your wife and mother. You family was great strength and help when Kenneth and I started out, Love and Prayers. Patsy Pickering

    Patricia Brown -Sarabia says:

    I love Sister Como. The way she would lay hands on you and pray. You could feel the power of God. You could see the love of Christ all over her. She loved to tell people about Jesus. Heaven has gained a mighty woman of God.

    Janelle Ringo says:

    Our families went to church together @ CaneyHead A/God for many years. She was my Sunday school teacher when I was a teenager. Precious lady and well loved.

    Gary and Connie Prause says:

    Even though we only met one time at Amy and TJ’s Wedding. We enjoyed every minute together under the Live Oak Tree. Resting In God’s Arms.

    Doris says:

    My aunt will be sorely missed. I remember her smile and her welcome. David and my prayers go out to all of her family. God speed, Aunt Louise. Say hello to Mama when you get to heaven.

    Debbie Pipps says:

    I I haven’t known Mama Como for very many years, but she was sweet and kind. She always treated me as one of her own, whether it was I needed a hug or I needed to be fussed at. She was just a beautiful woman Inside and Out. I will miss her

    Debbie Laird Walker says:

    Such a sweet lady. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

    Carolyn Pitre says:

    Even though my friendship with Louise was only for a few years, it was truly a good one! I loved her dearly and we had some fun times together! She was truly a wonderful, delightfully witty person and will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to her loved ones and I will definitely keep you all in prayer.

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