Myrna Loy Johnson Brocato

April 23, 1938 - July 10, 2020

Myrna Loy Johnson Brocato, 82, of Beaumont, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 10, 2020 in Austin. She was born April 23, 1938, in Turkey Creek, Louisiana, and was the youngest child of Alice Guillory Johnson and Cecil Clyde Johnson, Sr.

Myrna was a loving wife, devoted mother, and beloved “Gran” to her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In her younger years, she excelled on the Pine Prairie High School’s softball and basketball teams. She also became Miss Mamou of Mamou, Louisiana after winning the beauty contest with her aunt’s support and her mother’s sewing talents.

Myrna was a graduate of Hotel Dieu School of Nursing and was a Registered Nurse when she married Anthony G. Brocato at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Less than a year after giving birth to a baby girl, she had triplet boys, and a few years later, another baby girl.

She was active in The Junior League of Beaumont, Young Audiences, and the Beaumont Bar Auxiliary. For many years, she was the office manager for The Law Offices of Anthony G. Brocato.

Myrna will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul; an infinitely patient person, but one who could, if duty called, communicate with the raise of an eyebrow and tilt of her head more than most could say with a thousand words. With her beautiful smile, she greeted family and friends with a warm pot of her famous Cajun seafood gumbo on the stove.

Survivors include her brother, Cecil Clyde Johnson, Jr. and wife, Juanita; sister-in-law, Jo Therese Phalen; children, Jeanne Parker and husband, John; Tony Brocato and wife, Cathy; Walter Brocato and wife, Mary; Jim Brocato and wife, Allison; and Liz Jackson and husband, Michael; grandchildren, Elizabeth Douthit and husband, Aaron; Mary Frances Story and husband, Michael; Jack Parker and wife, Kayla; Ben Parker; Anna Brocato; Catherine Brocato; Anthony Brocato; Emma Brocato; Sam Brocato; Roseanne Brocato; Michael Jackson, Jr.; Meredith Jackson; and Caroline Jackson; and great-granddaughters, Cece and Zoe Douthit and Matilda and Mollie Story.

She is preceded in death by her husband of almost sixty years, Anthony G. Brocato; her parents; sister, Joyce Wiley; brother, Kenneth Johnson and wife, Laura; sisters-in-law, Concetta McGettigan and husband, Patrick; Mary Claire Petkovsek and husband, Lucas; and Barbara Johnson; and brother-in-law, Tom Phalen.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Pelican Bay Assisted Living Community, Beaumont and at Brookdale Nursing Center, Austin, Texas for their kind and compassionate care of Myrna these past few years.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, the family will gather for private services, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church, P.O. Box 3429, Beaumont, Texas 77704.

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Lilli Phelan Bean

I am so sorry that the world lost Myrna. She was always, just always, so gracious, friendly, interested as well as being beautiful. I pray for a peace to fill her family and friends in time. I am sorry for your loss.

Anita Savino Fournier

Deepest sympathy to Anthony and family.

Barbara Broussard

Beautiful lady with a lovely smile❤️

Margaret Green

Dear Brocato family, Marty and I loved your Mom and Dad.. They were one of the first families we met and cherished all the time we lived in Beaumont. May your sweet and beautiful Mom Rest In Peace. I am sorry for your loss, but happy for your Mom. Love Peggy Green

irene h chesnutt

It was my pleasure to see the Brocato family when we attended mass. Myrna and I swam together for many years at the Wilton Hebert pool. She could lift my spirits with her smile and gentle greeting. She is sure to be sorely missed by family and other friends.

Jimmie Jay Jackson

Myrna was a beautiful lady inside and out. I am very sorry for your loss.

Margaret P Green

Beloved Myrna was one of my first and best friends when I returned from Austin with spouse Ed.. I don’t remember when we met . We instantly became close friends and It lasted a lifetime. We had so many mutual interests; the beach, the opera, picnics, shopping and most of all kids. With MaryJo Broussard Ford, Cassie Fiorenza, And Annie Bryant we would take all the kids with us. Myrna was the most perfect friend, mother, and spouse. All of the above were blessed by her life and her love. I look forward to seeing her again. Margaret P Green

Patricia Deland

Such a sweet lady! She will be missed by many! My deepest sympathy to Jeanne, Tony, Walter, Jim, and Liz! Your parents were always so nice to me and I am glad they have been reunited. Hugs and prayers to each of you!

Janet Guillory Langford

Such sweet memories of this dear lady.

N Blair Fisher

Your St. Paul's family is praying for your peace and comfort, Liz. Your mother led a remarkably full life, and I know you'll miss her terribly. I also know shes proud of her daughter and the person she is. God's peace be with you and yours. In sympathy, Blair

Dan & Mary Kubala

Dear Brocato Family, Mary and I are so sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept our condolences and prayers.

Faye Prejean

My deepest condolences for the loss of your mother She was a great person May her soul Rest In Peace. Faye Prejean

Manuel and Donna Rizzotto and Family

We are so saddened to hear about the loss of your mother. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kelley and Colette Carson

Our condolences to the entire Brocato family

Peter Ryall

On behalf of my family I wish to extend our condolences to the loss your mother. May she rest in peace in the Heavens above with your father, Anthony Sr.. I will always cherish those precious memories and always feeling welcomed. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all. God Bless, Peter Ryall & Family.

Mary Nelson

Jim, Walter, Tony, Jeanne, and Elizabeth. Sorry about your mom. We had been friends since nursing school. I watched all of you grow up in a loving home with two great parents. You now have become parents yourselves and I know your own parents would be so proud of you. I will ,miss your mother very much. God bless you all, Mary Nelson.

Kathie Rhinehart Lewis

Condolences to all of the family. May sweet memories provide comfort and peace.

John H. Fears

Sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with during these difficult times. God bless. John fears

Tom Leicht

Myrna and Anthony were life long friends. They both added to our lives and community. May their souls and all the souls of the faithfuly departed REST_IN_PEACE, Amen

John Osman

Dear Brocato Family, From all of us at St. Vincent de Paul RCIA - we send our condolences. What a Blessing to have Myrna in your family and as a friend.

Bobbie Duncan

Prayers for the family. I

Heather and Mark Petkovsek

It is difficult to find a more loving person than aunt Myrna. Always supporting her husband and family. As uncle Bubby would be stretched out in an easy chair, holding court, she would be letting out occasional good laughs from the background. She always had a good smile when she saw you. We will miss her and be thinking of you during this tough, but joyous time. Heather and Mark

Gwen Kinne

Dear Jeanne, Jim, Tony, Walter and Elizabeth, I was sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I have fond memories of her and your family growing up. Our parents were friends too and remained friends. May she Rest In Peace and be united with Anthony. God bless you all. Love ,Gwen

Laurie and Curtis leister

So many wonderful memories of Myrna and Anthony primarily through legal work they did with my father Willard Hall, a real estate appraiser. Anthony was a brilliant real estate lawyer who always had a fascinating story to tell and who could light up the room with this boisterous laugh. Myra was his steadfast guiding light, always gracious and kind to everyone. We miss them both. We will keep the family in our prayers.