Myrna Jane Darby

April 5, 1937 - March 4, 2022

Myrna Jane Mercer Darby, 84, of Beaumont, died Friday, March 4, 2022. She was born on April 5, 1937, in Luling, Texas, to Zula Mae Cox and Lavard Loys Mercer.

She moved to Beaumont, Texas, where she met Joseph Howard Darby at the movies, where he told the guys “She’s the one for me”. They were married sixty-three years, until his death in 2015.

Myrna was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a cook and a caregiver for her family and neighbors. She always told her kids and grandkids that she loved them. Myrna never met a stranger. She was devoted to Jesus and the Blessed Mother and the Catholic Church. She was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Beaumont. Myrna loved singing, saying the Rosary, and praying for people in need. Her favorite saying was “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus”.

Survivors include her daughter, Kimberly Darby; son, Ronald Darby and his wife, Sheila; daughter-in-law, Vicky Darby; grandsons, Eric Darby and Jared Darby and his wife, Stephanie; great-grandchildren, Harper Jade Darby and Asher Jude Darby; brother, Aubrey Mercer and his wife, Mary Helen; Doug Staton, who she had great love for and was like another son; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lavard Loys Mercer and Zula Mae Sherry; husband, Joseph Howard Darby; son, Michael Howard Darby; a sister; and two brothers.

Memorial contributions for Mrs. Darby may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church, 5075 Bigner Road, Beaumont Texas 77708.

A Rosary for Mrs. Darby will be recited at 5:00 p.m., with a gathering of family and friends to follow until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 10, 2022, at St. Pius Catholic Church, 5075 Bigner Road, Beaumont, with her interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.


Download Program


Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • March 9, 2022
  • 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • March 9, 2022
  • 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Pius X Catholic Church
  • 5075, Bigner Rd, Beaumont, TX, 77708,
  • March 10, 2022


Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,
  • March 10, 2022

Comments (4)

    Jill Elaine Robinson says:

    So sorry that this beautiful lady is no longer with us on earth. She is in heaven with Jesus and the angels now. I enjoyed speaking with her over the years and it was a happy time when we met in person some years back. She was my mother’s cousin and will always remember her happy personality whenever I would call her to see how she was doing. My sympathy to all the Darby’s and other family members.
    Jill Robinson
    San Antonio, Texas

    Sheila Darby says:

    Thank you so much for warm thoughts of mother!

    Robert & Phyllis Lee says:

    Eternal rest grant unto her Lord and perpetual light shine upon her. Prayers for the family, she was a sweet lady.

    Sheila Darby says:

    Thank you so much for prayers!

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