Olivia Patricia "Dimples" Maceo Messina

January 26, 1926 - July 4, 2021

Olivia Patricia “Dimples” Maceo Messina, 95, of Beaumont, died on Sunday, July 4, 2021. She was blessed to have lived a long, full, and healthy life surrounded by a loving family and friends. Dimples was born in Beaumont, Texas, on January 26, 1926. She was the third daughter born to Rosario Charles Maceo and Josephine Fertitta Maceo, Sicilian immigrants. A chubby-cheeked dark-haired baby, Olivia, was often called “Dolly” by her mother and sometimes “Dolly Dimples” by other relatives. Soon Baby Olivia was known as “Dimples” by all. Dimples graduated from St. Anthony Catholic High School in 1943. After high school, Dimples went to work at Worth’s Boutique Shop as a saleswoman and buyer. She enjoyed the fashion retail business and remained at Worth’s for the next five years. Even in her 90’s, Dimples remained well dressed and interested in fashion. She often complained that “They just don’t make clothes for women in their 90’s.”

On her twenty-first birthday, January 26, 1947, Dimples married Frank Lawrence Messina at St. Joseph’s Church. Frank was a World War II Army veteran from Port Arthur. Frank and Dimples raised six sons in Beaumont, Frank Gerard Messina, Joseph Rosario “Bub” Messina, Jude Thaddeus Messina, Vincent Maceo Messina, Thomas Lawrence Messina, and James Michael Messina. The family became parishioners of St. Anne Catholic Church and all six sons attended St. Anne’s School and then Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School. While her husband, Frank, worked at Texas Coffee Company, Dimples had the never-ending job of caring for six boys. She could be found at the grocery store every single day as several boxes of cereal were often consumed at one breakfast. A son’s request for french fries for dinner required peeling ten pounds of potatoes and then frying them. During this time, she was jokingly given the title of “Mother Superior” by her brother-in-law who admired her skill at delegating tasks, her determination in enforcing family rules, and her unwavering energy managing her large family.

During this time Dimples found time to help her St. Anne’s Church family at carnivals, parish days, field trips, and spaghetti suppers. She was a volunteer at St. Anne’s cafeteria for fifteen years after her youngest child graduated from St. Anne’s School. She became a familiar face and friend to hundreds of children

On January 11, 2003, Frank Lawrence Messina passed, and Dimples lost her husband and best friend of fifty-two years. Instead of six rambunctious young boys, her home now is now filled with six adult sons and their wives, fifteen grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Every Sunday evening until just recently, Dimples would invite her family for a weekly Sunday supper which often included meatball po-boys, riceballs, Italian sausage, pasta salad, green bean salad, banana pudding, and a jelly-roll (her specialty).

Dimples spent mornings in the kitchen, where a majority of her casserole dishes had address labels, a testament to the many meals she sent to the ill, the grieving, or just busy family members. Afternoons were spent in prayer and meditation. She also made time to send cards, notes, and make telephone calls to a wide network of family and friends, never forgetting a birthday or anniversary. Dimples attended mass at St. Anne’s Church every morning at 6:30 a.m. until she stopped driving and served as a volunteer for eleven years at the Adoration Chapel. Her compassion for others and her faith in the power of prayer were evident to the many family members and friends who asked her to pray for them. She truly walked with God on a daily basis.

She is survived by her 6 sons, Frank G. Messina and his wife, Molly; Joseph R. “Bub” Messina and his wife Mary Beth; Jude T. Messina and his wife Ina; Vincent M. Messina and his wife Veronica; Thomas L. Messina and his wife Laurie; James Michael Messina and his wife Sue; fifteen grandchildren, Anne Murray and her husband, Sean, Frank T. Messina, Brent Messina and his wife Kathryn; Greg Messina and his wife Ashley; Mark Messina, Lindi Messina, Abbi Frazier and her husband Alan, Jude Messina Jr. and his wife Kristen, Vincent Messina Jr., Madelyn Messina, Matthew Messina, Daniel Messina, Andrew Messina, Sara Messina, and Christopher Messina; ten great grandchildren; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and Godchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank L. Messina; her parents, Rosario and Josephine Maceo; sisters, Concetta Tortorice, Sylvina “Luce” Parigi, and Theresa Giglio.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Anne Church, P.O. Box 3429, Beaumont, Texas 77704; St. Anne Catholic School, 375 North 11th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77702; or St. Joseph Church, 1115 Orange Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

A gathering of Mrs. Messina’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. A private entombment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

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Monica Roberts

So sorry for your families loss. All of the Messina family is in our prayers.

mary ann shumaker

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May she rest in Peace of Christ.

Jim Brocato

Messina Family, You are all in my thoughts and prayers. We were so blessed to have your Mother in our life growing up on Ridgeland. She was so kind and interested in each one of us. She will be missed. God Bless, Jim

Paulette & Paul Guidroz

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Messina boys and entire family.

Terry King Family

Very sorry to hear about your dear Mother. May she Rest In Peace prayers for the Messina family.

Neighbors on Ridgeland

God is the sustainer of the bereaved; I pray for His comfort for your grief and His protection for the Messina family, that He gives wisdom in decisions, and may her family find solace knowing that Dimples is walking with Him in joy, in the company of her family and friends.

Dianne Duperier

Continued prayers for all the family. Mrs . Messina has left a wonderful legacy with her family. What a wonderful testament to a life lived well with abundant love!

vincent tantillo jr

sorry for the your loss. she was a prayer warrior! a beautiful lady

Liz Sandell

Such a special obituary for a beautiful person. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law to so many. She will entering heaven shouting and praising God for her blessed life on earth.

Michele Allen

So sorry for your loss- what an amazing legacy!

Tony Brocato

To the Messina family, God bless you all during this time. Your Mom was a sweet person . She was loved by all.

joel vazquez

Very Beautiful and fitting Tribute to a Wonderful Woman. Many Prayers for the Family.

Justin Farinella

To the Messina Family, We are deeply sorry for the loss of your beautiful Mother and Grandmother. There was not a time that she did not greet us with a smile, kind word when we would see her at Mass. She always would ask how all in our family was doing. She was a true blessing to all that she encountered. May she Rest In Peace. Justin and Pam Farinella

Johnny & Sharon Passmore

Such a beautiful lady. Loved by all. Sending our love & prayers to all the Messina family.

mike cacioppo

i am so sorry for your loss. your mom was always so friendly,. she was a good family friend to my momma who will be 92 next month. they would talk often & my momma had great respect for her. a couple of years ago when you mom had hip replacement, before we knew it, momma was having hip replacement surgery too. she will be greatly missed by everyone. love & prayers to all the family. mike cacioppo

Mary Ann (Martin) Chimeno Montalbano

Mrs. Messina had to be one of the sweetest women ever. I have many fond memories of this very sweet, humble yet classy lady from the time I was a little girl. She always had a beautiful smile on her face. May she rest eternally in the Loving Arms of Our Heavenly Father with His Eternal rays always shining brightly upon her. Prayers for the entire Messina family.

Faye Prejean

my condolences to the Messina family. May her soul rest in peace and may God give you comfort

SALVATORE ANTHONY COSTA

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Messina's passing. She will truly be missed by everyone who knew her..

Charley Messina Jr

MRS. Messina and my mother (Annette Messina ) where very good friends. I am deeply saddened by her passing and my condolences go out to all the boys and their families. Like my mother she had her spot in heaven long ago.

Paul and Becky Ford

Our deepest sympathy to each of you and your extended families.

Rev. Salvador Culotta

My sympathy goes to all of Dimples family. I offered Mass for and all her family this morning.. Saturday afternoon I was impressed to find one of her grandsons praying the Rosary for her at her bedside. That is a great testament for Dimples.

Walter Brocato

Messina family, I am sorry for the loss of your Mother. She was our neighbor on Ridgeland Ave for most of my life. She was such a nice and friendly person. We will keep her in our prayers.

Art Roane

May your loss be comforted in knowing the Communion of Saints added another ;whose love will not end but continue through you.

Mark and Carrie Kubala Family

Dear Messina family, we are so sorry for your loss and send our condolences. We prayed for Dimples and the entire family during mass this weekend and will continue to do so. We pray that you will find some comfort knowing that know that all things work for good for those who love God. REV 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away.”

Denise Brown

I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. She was one of the sweetest people you would ever meet. She will truly be missed.

Dianna Lombardo Clayton

So very sorry to hear of your precious mother grandmother’s passing.She was truly an amazing and an inspiration to all who knew her The entire Messina family will be in m our prayers.

Fr. Kevin L. Badeaux

Dear Maceo and Messina Families, My sincerest prayers and condolences. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. In Christ's love, Fr. Kevin L. Badeaux

Dicky Rayzor

Prayers of comfort to all the family. Rest In Peace Aunt Dimples.

Kathryn Mallely Hinojosa

Dearest Messina Family, may you know that your Mother touched the heart of many and was loved by all. You Mother was a great lady and role model for her family and will truly be missed. May she Rest in Peace. God Bless all of You, Kathryn & Chris Hinojosa, Sr.

Margaret Green. (Peggy)

Dear Messina Family, Your Mother was a blessing to all the members of St. Anne’s Parish.. I loved seeing her at Adoration. Her Faith was a gift to all she met. I shall miss your Mother. You were blessed. May she Rest In Peace.. Peggy Green

Celeste Salhab

Dear Messina family, I'm so sorry for your loss. May all of the wonderful memories with her sustain you and give you comfort.

Dewey Doga III

Thoughts and prayers are with you Jude and all the Messina family at this time . I have shared many special times with your family and will never forget. Love you all

Judy Finger Busceme

Dear Messina Family...so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a very sweet person. My prayers are with you.

Anita savino Fournier

I have known Dimples all my life, and although I no longer live in Beaumont, each time I have visited there, she and I always have bumped into each other . She and my mother were friends as well. I extend my deepest sympathy to her son's and their families, as well as her nieces and nephews. She was a wonderful woman.

Carrie Broussard

My deepest sympathy and condolences to my closest friend Lindi and the entire family during this difficult time.

J.C. Modica

I feel like I have lost my own mother again. I loved picking on Mrs. Messina. She was a sweetheart. I always told her I was going to take her dancing with me one day, and she would just laugh. I truly loved her, and that comes from my heart.

Nan Hampton Edmundson

God bless you all. You’ve always been a part of my life.

Kathy Peyton

Tommy and all the Messina boys I pray the wonderful memories you have of your sweet mom help you through this time . She always had the biggest smile on her face . Love you all Kathy Peyton

Mary Gagne Patton

Your mother is a true angel. She is what all of us as mothers aspire to be. I remember how privileged I was to attend Sunday dinner. To see how all of you adored her. I think of Chistopher Robin: "If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you." Much love to you all...Mary Gagne Patton

JANE KEMPLAY

Mrs. Olivia would always bring the office wonderful goodies. And she made each of us feel special. She will be missed. Prayers lifted for the entire family .

Beth A Randall

Dear Messina Family, Your Mom and Dad always held a special place in my heart. I am so sorry for your loss but she will be forever your angel in Heaven.

Gene and Camille Mahan

We will miss seeing her at St. Joseph's along with her friendly wave and beautiful smile. Our prayers are with her as well as her family.

Debbie Danna Clark

So sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. She was a wonderful lady who was very close to God. May her soul rest in peace. Prayers for the family to have peace and comfort.

Karen Fiorenza Hicks

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the perpetual light always shine on your mother. Karen Fiorenza Hicks