Norma Dean "Dee" Doguet

April 3, 1935 - January 8, 2021

Norma Dean Vige was born April 3rd, 1935 in Eunice, LA, the 1st child of Paul and Hazel Vige. A nurturer from a young age, she was always taking care of and watching over her four siblings: Nathan, Jerry, Sharon, and Judy. 

One fateful night, she attended the Saturday Night Social and was asked to dance by Darby. After several months of being inseparable, they were married on December 11, 1949, and she became “Dee” Doguet.

Shortly after marriage, they were living in Lafayette, LA, and started their family with a son, David Lynn. They later moved to Bay City, TX, where Darby started his career in the rice business at Independent Rice Dryer, while Dee worked at Dickie’s Grocery Store. In 1954, the family grew again with another son, Michael Darby, and then moved to Alvin, TX, where Darby went to work for Newman Rice Mill.  In 1955, the family welcomed the birth of their first daughter, Debra Ann. Not long after, they moved back to Bay City where Darby became Assistant Manager at Independent Rice Dryer. The family continued to grow with their second daughter, Deanna Marie, in 1960. Then in March 1962 came another daughter, Pamela Denise. In April of 1963, the family moved to Beaumont, TX where Darby went to work for Comet Rice Mill as their rice grader.  In November of the same year, the baby of the family, Donna Alice, was born.

Soon after, Darby said “That’s enough!”, and the family was set.

In 1975, Darby moved the family to Winnie, TX, where Darby took a job as the General Manager of the Winnie Rice Farmers Co-op and Dee also worked as their bookkeeper.  Darby and Dee worked side by side for several years and then started their own company, the Chambers County Seed Company. In 1975 their first grandchild was born, and they began to be known as Mawmaw and Pawpaw. In 1979, they purchased the old Amelia Rice Dryer and started Doguet’s Grain & Seed Company, which eventually became Doguet’s Rice Milling Company. They built the company from the ground up and passed it on to be run by their children in 1997 when they retired. 

Dee loved dressing up and was always one to look good. She would not leave the house unless she looked her best. She loved wearing jackets and anything with bling. You could frequently find her watching Shop NBC and quietly ordering jewelry over the phone. One of her favorite shows to watch with Darby were the polka dancers on Saturday night. 

She loved having her yard and house look immaculate. She could frequently be seen on her riding lawn mower, tending to her numerous flowers that she loved so much, or power washing the windows. Her house was always mopped, swept to perfection, dust free, and freshly vacuumed. 

You could always find Werther’s caramels in her candy bowl. The kitchen was the family’s gathering place and Dee was a talented Cajun cook. Family favorites were smothered pork chops and gumbo made with the trademarked Doguet’s roux and rice. She always made sure her husband and her kids were fed, then she would eat what was left. 

In one word, Dee was selfless. She was always putting her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren ahead of herself. Everything she did was to make her family feel loved. Her family and her faith were what she held most dear. We all feel so blessed for the time we had with her. She lived a wonderful life on earth and is now having a glorious life in Heaven. 

A gathering of Mrs. Doguet’s family and friends will begin at 5:00 p.m., with her Rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m., Monday, January 11, 2021, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 245 W. Hwy 90, China, with her interment to follow at China Cemetery, China.  

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Mass of Christian Burial

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A Gathering of Mrs. Doguet's Family and Friends

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Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue

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Mazie and Donald East

My prayers and sympathies go out to all of Dee's family. I will always remember this sweet lady! God Bless!

Donnell Devillier

To have known this woman and be loved by her is an absolute blessing. She had a heart of gold and always put everyone else first. You will be missed until we meet again. Love you Mamaw.

Cecille Phelps

My heart breaks for you all!! I have such wonderful memories of your precious Mother! All my love, hugs and prayers!!

Kristen Fuller

Mike Lisa Michelle & Darby, So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom/grandmother. May Gods peace bring you comfort as only He can. Lifting your family up in prayer

Donald C. Wells

Deanie, was my favorite cousin on mom's side of the family. Rest in peace sweet Lady. .

Jillian and Garrett Waggoner

Uncle Mike and family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Moms are special ladies and I know she will be dearly missed. We love you and you will be in our prayers. Love, Jillian and Garrett

Carl Lane & Cindy Henderson

Dear Doguet Family, Our deepest regrets for the loss of your precious mom aka Mawmaw. May God comfort you with your many memories of her and may He surround you with love. Please know that we will be praying for you all. In His loving grip, Carl Lane & Cindy Henderson

Judi Benoit

To the Doguet family, Ronnie and I were so sad to hear of of Dee’s passing. May she Rest In Peace and may God comfort you all as you grieve. She lived her life well and will be missed by so many. Ronnie and Judi

Meosha Cruse

Sorry for your loss and heaven’s gain. Such a sweet lady Mrs Dee.. To be absent from the body is to be present with GOD . I thank GOD for allowing us to meet. Mrs. Dee will be greatly missed. To the family she loved y’all dearly and I pray that GOD continue to comfort y’all during the time of bereavement..

Sandra Bebeau

My Dee! I’ve missed her so since I retired from On Stage where she came to get her hair done! I loved her so much and have never stopped thinking about Dee. She did love her family I can tell you that. Dee was always one of my favorite’s and I’ll always have her in my heart. So sorry she’s not with us but she is truly making heaven a better place!

Donnie & Paula Colston

Donnie & I are so sorry for the loss of Miss Dee. Our thoughts & prayers are with the family & friends at this time of great sorrow. Prayers & peace be with you all. ❤❤

Joseph F Fertitta

Sandy and I extend our sincere sympathy. Mike, may your mother rest in peace .

Helen Dansby

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of the family.

Gerry Kirkland

Mike, Lisa, children and grandchildren. I am so sorry for your loss but Heaven gain a special Angel. Prayers for all.

Jeanette and Bill Frontz

Our sincerest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful mom. The video exemplifies the happy life she shared with her family. She definitely will be missed by many. May she Rest In Peace with our Heavenly Father.

Vanette Young

Debbie and Mike and families, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. You are in my prayers! Love you, Vanette

Jim and Sherry Shell

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during these difficult times.

Chris and Dorinda Padgett

Mike, Lisa, Michelle, Matt and family, You have our deepest sympathy for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace for your family.